Water, that’s what I felt like right after I went to the movies this past weekend. But I always get a certain fixation after I see a Adam Sandler movie.
With “Billy Madison” it was penguins, with “Happy Gilmore” it was golf, with “The Wedding Singer” it was new wave music and Freddy Kruger and with the newly released “The Waterboy”, it was football and, of course, water.
Water, in “The Waterboy”, it’s Sandler’s life. As Bobby Boucher, Sandler plays a 31-year old sheltered, home schooled boy from the bayous of Louisiana. If you can imagine Sandler’s Cajun Man character from Saturday Night Live with a football uniform, you have Bobby.
His only connection with the outside life, is the waterboy job he has for the local college football team, the Cougars. It’s a job that is Boucher’s life; he distills the water for them and even has a batch of rain water for his team to drink.
However, the players are ungrateful, they constantly torment Boucher while the teamís coach Red Beaulieu(Jerry Reed), doesnít let Boucher fight back and eventually fires him for being a distraction.
Without a job and anything to do, Boucher goes home to his Mama, played by Kathy Bates,(“Misery”, “Fried Green Tomatoes”) who is thrilled that Boucher will have to stay home and spend more time with her.
At this point, Sandler actually does a decent job of making us feel sorry for him, not that I was crying or anything, but you feel for the man.
After Boucher fails to secure a waterboy job for his favorite wrestler Captain Insano, in a hilarious phone exchange, he decides to find work for another football team.
Boucher offers his services to Coach Klien, played by Henry Winkler (Happy Days). Upon seeing the horrible pot of water that Klein’s team drinks from, Boucher offers his services for free.
However, Boucher suffers from the same torment as before as he watches players spit in his water and poke at his passion. But whatís different this time, is that the Klein letís Boucher fight back. So when Boucher delivers a bone-crushing tackle that would do Lawerence Taylor proud, the Mud Dogs welcome a new player.
It’s from here that “The Waterboy” takes off, we see Sandler quickly become the most fearsome tackler in college football history. The actual game scenes appear quite real not losing their comic touch. Cameos by football names such as Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, Lynn Swann and more, add to the football feeling.
As Boucher plays on, Bates plays the overprotective Mama almost too seriously, forcing Boucher to lie about going to school and playing ìfuseballî, as she refers to it.
As the football action rolls along, Boucher’s team runs a winning streak that takes them to play in the Bayou Bowl against Boucher’s former team, the Cougars, coached by Red Beaulieu. Could anyone predict who’s going to win?
This is not a poke at the film, it’s just reality, Sandler movies are predictable, as well as easy to watch. He appeals largely to the teenage- college crowd and knows that. His CD’s, SNL characters that have achieved cult-like status, are known by almost any college student.
Being aided by co-stars that fill their role perfectly, in this case Bates and Winkler. Sandler movies always guarantee a good time. They are always a good laugh.
“The Waterboy” as a sports-comedy to any non-Sandler fan may be average, but to any Sandler fan, it’s no different from any of his other films. And for that reason you’ll probably enjoy “The Waterboy,” just like I did.