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The Waterboy
Directed by Frank Coraci
Produced by Jack Giarraputo
Robert Simonds
Adam Sandler
Written by Tim Herlihy
Adam Sandler
Starring Adam Sandler
Kathy Bates
Henry Winkler
Fairuza Balk
Jerry Reed
Music by Alan Pasqua
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Editing by Tom Lewis
Distributed by Touchstone Pictures
Release date(s) November 6, 1998
Running time 90 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $23,000,000
Gross revenue $185,991,646

The Waterboy is a 1998 American comedy film directed by Frank Coraci. It stars Adam Sandler alongside Henry Winkler, Kathy Bates, Jerry Reed, and Fairuza Balk. Lynn Swann, Lawrence Taylor, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, Paul Wight, and Rob Schneider have cameos. Sandler produced the movie and co-wrote the script with Tim Herlihy.

The movie was extremely profitable, earning over $160 million in the United States alone and made Sandler a successful actor with The Waterboy becoming his second $100 million film in a year, along with The Wedding Singer.

Sandler's character, Bobby Boucher (pronounced "Boo-SHAY"), bears a strong resemblance to his "The Excited Southerner" comedic skits from his album "What the Hell Happened to Me?" The portrayal is one of a stereotypical cajun from swamps of South Louisiana, not the typical stereotype of a Southerner. He also shares similarities in speech and mannerism to Canteen Boy, a recurring character, also portrayed by Adam Sandler, on Saturday Night Live.[1] Like Bobby, Canteen Boy preferred "purified water, right out of the old canteen", which he always carried with him.

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Plot

Bobby Boucher is a socially inept (but also intelligent), stuttering, water boy with hidden anger issues due to constant teasing and his mother's (Kathy Bates) excessive sheltering. He was the water boy for the University of Louisiana Cougars for the past 18 years, but the players tormented him, and the team's head coach, Coach Red Beaulieu, (Jerry Reed) fired him for "disrupting" his team's practices. After unsuccessfully attempting to become the new waterboy of his favorite wrestler, Captain Insano (Paul Wight), he approaches Coach Klein (Henry Winkler), of the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs, and volunteers to work as the team's water boy for free after seeing the filthy water that the coach provides his players.

During his first few hours of being waterboy for the Mud Dogs, one of the players upsets Bobby. Coach Klein notices Bobby's powerful potential and encourages him to stand up for himself. After the team's quarterback, Gee Grenouille (Peter Dante), taunts Bobby, he sees flashes of the people that have taunted and hurt him over the years. In a rage, Bobby runs onto the field and, with force beyond his average size, tackles Grenouille. This prompts Coach Klein to put Bobby on the team, where he uses his anger to tackle the opposing players by pretending they're the people who made fun of him throughout his life. He quickly becomes one of the most feared linebackers in college football and, despite his overprotective mother's disapproval, he secretly continues to play football, attends school, and begins dating a local girl named Vicki Vallencourt (Fairuza Balk). The Mud Dogs play so well with Bobby on the team that they make it to the Bourbon Bowl against the Cougars.

During their victory celebration, Coach Beaulieu and his team show up with Bobby's high school transcript, which turns out to be fake, making Bobby ineligible for college and football. Coach Klein tells Bobby that he can continue to play on the team, if he takes and passes a GED exam. He also admits it was him that forged Bobby's transcript so that he could play. He then tells Bobby of how twenty years ago, when Klein and Beaulieu were assistant coaches at UL, Beaulieu bullied him out of his green notebook in which he wrote down all his foolproof play ideas, enabling Beaulieu to get the job as coach for the Cougars over Klein. This inspires Bobby to study for the exam and to help get Coach Klein's playbook, and confidence, back. When Bobby's mom sees him studying for the exam, she is shocked and infuriated to learn that he has been playing football and going to school behind her back. Fed up, Bobby tells her he's had enough of her and storms out. On the day of the exam, Bobby passes, but shortly after, the Parish Sheriff arrives and tells Bobby that his mother is in the hospital after falling ill.

Bobby arrives at the hospital where, unbeknownst him, Mama is faking her illness. After Bobby laments on her condition, she reveals to him why she's faking her illness and explains why she's been so determined to keep him close to her: Many years ago, Bobby's father went to New Orleans to find work. There, he fell in love with an attractive "voodoo woman" named Phyllis, changed his name to Roberto, and ran off with her. Ever since, she's been afraid Bobby would leave her too. She now realizes she's treated Bobby unfairly and reconciles with him. They leave the hospital and head to the stadium, but don't arrive until halftime. By this point, the Cougars have built a fairly large lead on the Mud Dogs. Bobby walks into the locker room and inspires the team to make a second half comeback, finally gaining the acceptance of his teammates. To counter Bobby's return, Coach Beaulieu adopts a scorched earth tactic, kneeling on the ball three times each series of downs and punting away to the Mud Dogs, neutralizing Bobby's tackling ability and forcing the Mud Dogs' struggling offense to win the game for them. Bobby is able to help Coach Klein overcome his fear of Coach Beaulieu, which allows him to design brilliant new plays that Beaulieu is unable to counter. The Mud Dogs then rally to within a field goal late in the game. Coach Klein decides to use Bobby as a two way threat, first using him for an onside kick (which he recovers) and then calling a halfback option pass play for Bobby, who throws a touchdown pass to give the Mud Dogs the win.

Sometime later, Bobby and Vicki are getting married. On their way out Bobby's father makes an unexpected appearance. He tries to convince Bobby to leave school to go to the NFL, hoping to personally profit as his father; but, Mama comes charging at him and tackles him while Bobby and Vicki leave.

Cast

Filming and Production

The Waterboy was mostly filmed in the Central Florida area around Daytona Beach and Deland, Florida and surrounding areas.

The Mud Dog home games were filmed at Spec Martin Stadium in DeLand, Florida, home of the local high school team (the DHS Bulldogs). The classrooms and gym where Bobby takes the GED are part of Stetson University, also located in DeLand. The Bourbon Bowl was filmed at the Citrus Bowl, in Orlando, Florida.

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From Wikiquote

The Waterboy is a 1998 film starring Adam Sandler as Bobby Boucher, a socially deprived water boy for the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs. His coach soon discovers Bobby's talents as a linebacker because of his anger issues with his overprotective mother and how the football players walk all over him.

Directed by Frank Coraci. Written by Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler.
You Can Mess With Him, But Don't Mess With Water. Taglines

Contents

Bobby Boucher

  • I love my mama.
  • Now that's what I call high quality H2O.
  • Excuse me, ladies, while I just go hang myself.
  • My Mama says that alligators are ornery because they got all of them teeth and no toothbrush.
  • Look who's on TV, Mama... it's the Devil.
  • You sound like a big choo-choo train.
  • Powerbomb. Compliments of Ca-ca-ca-Captain Insano.

Townie

  • You can do it! You can do it all night long!
  • The waterboy's a cheater. Cut his head off.
  • You can do it! Chop his head off !
  • You can do it, bite him!

Mama Boucher

  • [to Bobby] You don't have what they call "the social skills." That's why you never have any friends, 'cept fo' yo' mama.
  • [after Vicki mentions a football game] Foos-ball? Buncha overgrown monsters man-handlin' each other... 'Member when dat man wanted you to play foos-ball, Bobby?
  • No son of mine is gonna play any foos-ball.

Others

  • Guy Grenouille: [to Bobby] Watch it, needle dick!
  • Walter: It's time to kick some names and take some ass!!
  • Paco: I am not what you call a handsome man. The good Lord chose not to bless me with... with charm, athletic ability... or a functional brain. You see, you're an inspiration to all of us who... who weren't born handsome, and charming and cool, and and... [breaks out in tears]

Dialogue

Coach Klein: [after Bobby demonstrates his tackling ability] Bobby, can you do that for me in every game?
Bobby Boucher: Coach, not only will I do it for you, I... I... I... yes, yes, I'll do it for you.

Guy Grenouille: Hey, moron! Hey, moron! Duh! L-L-Look at me. I'm th-th-the waterboy. Duh! I got a wooden spoon! Duh!
[Bobby pictures the people who tormented him in the past]
Greg Meaney: Smells like you need a shower, stinky! [laughs evilly]
Coach Red Beaulieu: You're fired! [laughs condescendingly]
[Captain Insano and Jim Simmonds laugh]
Bobby Boucher: [becomes enraged] Stop makin fun of me!
Guy Grenouille: Red thirty! Hut!
[Bobby chases Grenouille, screaming, then ramming and tackling him hard to the ground]
Coach Klein: [in amazement] Wow!
Derek Wallace: Damn!
Farmer Fran: Dang! (unintelligible)

Bobby Boucher: [after reading a question about Benjamin Franklin] Ben Franklin.
Young Bobby Boucher: [flashback to Bobby's childhood] Mama, when did Ben Franklin invent electricity?
Mama Boucher: That's nonsense, I invented electricity. Ben Franklin is the Devil!

Coach Klein: [after drinking Bobby's water] This is good. This is really good. It's better than the stuff I'm giving them.
Bobby Boucher: [looks up to see a jug of polluted water] That is the water you are giving to your players?
Coach Klein: Yeah.
Bobby Boucher: It is imperitive that you hire me to be your team's water distribution manager!
Coach Klein: I can't. What with the...
Bobby Boucher: I-I will do it for free. Just promise me that you will not distribute the contents of that jug to any human being.
Coach Klein: [pause] Okay.

Vicki Vallencourt: [after Bobby has gotten his test scores back] Well, Bobby Boucher, welcome to manhood. I'll make sure to welcome you properly later.
Bobby Boucher: Once again, I'm not quite sure what that means.

Bobby Boucher: Mama, something bad happened today.
Mama Boucher: [pulls up a knife] Did somebody hurt you, my boy?

Coach Red Beaulieu: I got something for you. This is his transcript from South Lafayette High School in Cherokee Plains, Louisiana. Now, the problem with that..is there ain't no South Lafayette High School in Cherokee Plains, Louisiana. So obviously, this is a fake! [crowd gasps] However, this is not a fake. This is from the N.C.A.A. They don't think you ought to play football no more. So allow me to say this to you one more time: You're fired.
Townie: Oh, no! We suck again!

Coach Klein: [after football player spits loogie in water tank] Are you all right?
Bobby Boucher: I wasn't gonna do nothin', coach!
Coach Klein: Well ya better do something. You gotta stick up for yourself, Bobby.
Bobby Boucher: But what about the finely tuned athletic machine?
Coach Klein: I am not telling you to go on a shooting rampage!

Coach Klein: [during half-time at the Bourbon Bowl and while the team is in the locker room] Anybody got an idea? [silence]
Derek Wallace: Hey, remember the time Bobby tackled the referee by mistake?
[Everybody chuckles]
Lyle Robideaux: Yeah, that was pretty funny. How 'bout the time Bobby tackled the guy from Louisville, and threw him into the stands?
[Everybody laughs]
Guy Grenouille: Y'all remember the time he intercepted the ball and his pants fell off, and he ran for the touchdown bare ass?
[Everybody laughs again]
Farmer Fran: Remember the time Bobby Boucher... [begins to mumble in an unintelligible southern drawl, everyone stares at him]
Bobby Boucher: [shows up in the locker room by surprise] Remember the time Bobby Boucher showed up at halftime and the Mud Dogs won the Bourbon Bowl, do ya?
[Everybody starts cheering and shouting]

Coach Klein: [in an attempt to get Bobby mad for motivation] Gatorade not only quenches your thirst better, it tastes better too.
Bobby Boucher: No, you people are drinkin' the wrong water!
[on the field, the opposing quarterback's head turns into Coach Klein's and taunts Bobby]
Coach Klein: Gatorade.
Bobby Boucher: H2O.
Coach Klein: Gatorade.
Bobby Boucher: [pleading] H2O!
Opposing Offensive Line: [singing] Water sucks. It really, really sucks. Water sucks. It really, really SUCKS!

Mama Boucher: You gonna lose all your fancy "foos' ball" games! And your gonna fail your big exam! Because school is-
Bobby Boucher: -the devil?
[Mama gasps]
Bobby Boucher: Everything is the devil to you, Mama! Well, I like school, and I like football! And I'm gonna keep doin' them both because they make me feel good! [runs out, slamming the door, then comes back in] And by the way, Mama. Alligators are ornery 'cause of their "medulla oblongata"! [runs back out, then back in again] And I like Vicki, and she like me back! [almost in tears by this point] And she showed me her boobies and I like them too! [slams the door on Mama]

[Bobby is speaking to a group of kids at a sports camp]
Lawrence Taylor: Tell me, what is your secret? How do you find yourself in the right position all the time?
Bobby Boucher: That-that-that's a good question. What-what happens is, the-the-the center has-has the ball first. And-and-and the quarterback will say, "Hike." That's when the c-center puts the ball in-into the hands of the quarterback. So what I do is, I-I start tacklin' the quarterback, unless he give the ball to-to s-somebody else, in which case, I-I try to tackle that person.
Lawrence Taylor: Gentleman, which brings me to my next point: Don't smoke crack.

Paco: [after watching Bobby tackle a player] The waterboy is killing em! He's the best tackler I seen since Joe Montana.
Walter: Joe Montana was a quarterback, you idiot.
Paco: I said "Joe Mantegna".

Guy Grenouille: Nice going, shithead. You lost us the football game.
Bobby Boucher: Sorry. Will you still be my friend?
Guy Grenouille: No, get away.

Brent Musburger: That's the half, and the Mud Dogs trail this one, big, 27-0. We'll see if Coach Klein can make any adjustments, for the second half.
Dan Fouts: [taking off headset] Well, they'd better, 'cause they suck.

Dan Fouts: The waterboy just needed some water!
Brent Musburger: [his voice oozing with sarcasm] Wow, Dan, did you come up with that all by yourself?
Dan Fouts: Shut up, Brent!

Lynn Swann: You gonna add another championship trophy to the old case downstairs?
Coach Red Beaulieu: That's kinda like my old man, Lynn. The only thing better than a crawfish dinner, is five crawfish dinners.

Guy Grenouille: I don't want that loser on the team. Everybody's gonna laugh at us.
Lyle Robideaux: Everybody already is laughing at us. We haven't won a game since nineteen ninety-four.

Casey Buggs: He poked me in the eye!
Bobby Boucher: Captain Insano shows no mercy.

Dan Fouts: Bobby Boucher sure knocked the poop out of him.
Brent Musburger: [looks at Dan, startled] Poop??!?

Bobby Boucher: So that's what a can of whoop-ass feels like.
Coach Klein: Son, you just opened up a whole case of whoop-ass!!!

Mama Boucher: Bobby, dey ever catch dat gorilla that busted outa da zoo and punched you in da eye?
Bobby Boucher: No, Mama, the search continues.

Bobby Boucher: Nice hit, Mama.
Mama Boucher: Thanks, baby. Now you go on and have some fun becomin' a man.

Taglines

  • The WaterBoy Is The Devil!
  • A Man With A Serious Drinking Problem.
  • High-Quality H20.
  • Instant Hero. Just Add Water.
  • You Can Mess With Him, But Don't Mess With His Water.
  • Everybody Will Feel His Pain On November 6.

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