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The Waterboy
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08.03.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
Frank Coraci

Actors:
Adam Sandler
Cathy Bates
Henry Winkler

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Bobby Boucher has been a underappreciated waterboy for years. After being humiliated and fired, he takes his high quality H2O to another field. When his new coach witnesses a display of pent up rage, he convinces Bobby to join the team as their secret weapon.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When I think of Adam Sandler (funny Sandler that is), I think of old school SNL and the standup tapes he had back when I was in High School (despite all the old menís balls jokes). When it comes to movies I think of BILLY MADISON, HAPPY GILMORE, BULLETPROOF and WEDDING SINGER. THE WATERBOY came about when Sandler started going soft in my eyes. I later enjoyed ANGER MANAGEMENT and even THE LONGEST YARD, but in all honesty, I donít give Adam much thought anymore because as far as Iím concerned his comedic career is dead and buried along side Eddie Murphyís in two unmarked graves somewhere in Hollywood.

Though clearly one of Sandlerís weaker escapades, THE WATERBOY does have its moments. I love football, so naturally they had me there. Cathy Bates is a hoot as his tough bayou mama, obsessed with the Devil. And who doesnít love a little Henry Winkler action? The Roy Orbison tattoo has me in stitches EVERY TIME. Most of Sandlerís entourage is here, providing the right amount of laughs when needed with antics and characters that are nowhere near as corny as some of those found in his later flops like MR. DEEDS. Fairuza Bulk continues to confuse me in this film as I can never make up mind as to whether or not I think sheís hot or just plain scary. I think Iíll plead the fifth.

I do love this filmís score, especially every time they start to play the intro to The Devil came down to Georgia (I just wish theyíd played the entire song at some point). The story is touching, despite Sandlerís FORREST GUMP persona. I mean, I know he loves making that ridiculous smiley face of his, but it does start to grate on oneís nerves after awhile. Director Frank Coraci has good eye for comedy and Sandler must agree as he also directed THE WEDDING SINGER and the super hilarious GRANDMAíS BOY (Iím still mad as hell that I passed up the opportunity to see that screening).

THE WATERBOY was a lot more fun than I remembered, but thatís only because I chose to forget it after the first viewing. This flick remains on my ďso,soĒ list and as far as the added perks of HD are concerned, forget about it. Blu-ray brought us no such glory with this title, and there's not a single bonus feature to be had. Not even a trailer. So if youíre looking to have some good old fashioned Sandler fun, I suggest you look elsewhere because to steal a play out of mamaís book, "This movie is the Devil!" That is, if the Devil were a mediocre comedy about a slow kid playing football behind his motherís back.
THE EXTRAS
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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE WATERBOYís THE WATERBOY, and if youíre a fan of Sandler (and lets be honest, we all were when this came out), youíve seen this flick at least once, and if you havenít by now itís certainly not a character flaw on your part. So if you decide to watch or re-watch, skip the Blu-ray as thereís no bang for your buck here.

Extra Tidbit: My mother was nowhere near as strict as Bobbyís, but she DID catch me with a Metallica tape when I was in grade nine. She later told my Grandmother that she believed Iíd been possessed by the Devil. Thank God she didnít find my porn stash.
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