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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 men’s 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 don’t give Adam much thought anymore because as far as I’m concerned his comedic career is dead and buried along side Eddie Murphy’s in two unmarked graves somewhere in Hollywood.

Though clearly one of Sandler’s 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 doesn’t love a little Henry Winkler action? The Roy Orbison tattoo has me in stitches EVERY TIME. Most of Sandler’s 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 she’s hot or just plain scary. I think I’ll plead the fifth.

I do love this film’s score, especially every time they start to play the intro to The Devil came down to Georgia (I just wish they’d played the entire song at some point). The story is touching, despite Sandler’s FORREST GUMP persona. I mean, I know he loves making that ridiculous smiley face of his, but it does start to grate on one’s 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 GRANDMA’S BOY (I’m 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 that’s only because I chose to forget it after the first viewing. This flick remains on my “so,so” 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 you’re looking to have some good old fashioned Sandler fun, I suggest you look elsewhere because to steal a play out of mama’s book, "This movie is the Devil!" That is, if the Devil were a mediocre comedy about a slow kid playing football behind his mother’s back.
THE EXTRAS
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FINAL DIAGNOSIS
THE WATERBOY’s THE WATERBOY, and if you’re a fan of Sandler (and lets be honest, we all were when this came out), you’ve seen this flick at least once, and if you haven’t by now it’s certainly not a character flaw on your part. So if you decide to watch or re-watch, skip the Blu-ray as there’s no bang for your buck here.

Extra Tidbit: My mother was nowhere near as strict as Bobby’s, but she DID catch me with a Metallica tape when I was in grade nine. She later told my Grandmother that she believed I’d been possessed by the Devil. Thank God she didn’t find my porn stash.
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