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WATERBOY

SYNOPSIS:
Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler), a socially inept 31-year-old from the swamps of Louisiana, home educated and fiercely sheltered by his overprotective mum (Kathy Bates). His only contact with society is his waterboy job for a college team, where the players relentlessly make fun of him and his coach Red Beaulieu (Jerry Reed) doesn't let him fight back. This all changes when Bobby gets a new coach Klein (Henry Winkler), who lets him stand up for himself. Bobby finally unleashes years of pent-up rage and is transformed into the most devastating linebacker on the team. Now Bobby has to learn how to play football and go to college, all behind his mama's back (and hope Mama doesn't find out!)

"Adam Sandler is the poor man's Jim Carrey, the destitute man's Robin Williams, and the Jerry Lewis wannabe. By the time he delivered us The Wedding Singer, one had hoped he'd reached a semblance of comic maturity. Then he delivers this stinker of a film. Hollywood must reckon moviegoers are a bunch of morons. The Waterboy is not a particularly funny film, it certainly has little to engage the audience. The attempt at juxtaposing mindless farce with syrupy sentiment may well have worked in Lewis' heyday, but with this script and its leaden direction, Sandler's Waterboy never takes off. The film delivers the most anarchic of messages: vent your aggression by pummeling those who offend you. Oh, and if you're sheltered and none-too-bright, then of course, let everyone insult you mercilessly. It's a boy's film, which shows the Ugly American in all his unashamed, unabashed glory. The only redeeming feature of the movie is a nicely underplayed performance by Henry Winkler as the nervous and intimidated coach. Towards the end of the film, director Frank Coraci turns up in front of the cameras as Bobby's long-lost father. Suffice to say, his acting is as inspiring as his direction."
Paul Fischer

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WATERBOY (M)
(US)

CAST: Adam Sandler, Fairuza Balk, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed

DIRECTOR: Frank Coraci

PRODUCERS: Jack Giarraputo, Robert Simonds

SCRIPT: Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Steven Bernstein

EDITOR: Tom Lewis

MUSIC: Alan Pasqua

PRODUCTION DESIGN:

RUNNING TIME: 90minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 21, 1999

VIDEO DISTRIBUTOR: Buena Vista

VIDEO RELEASE: August 4, 1999







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