The Waterboy

Touchstone Pictures Released 1998




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Frank Coraci

The Waterboy is about a dim witted water boy who finds he has a surprising football talent. Bobby Boucher is a 30 year old lame brain who has always lived a sheltered life at home with his over protective and slightly crazy mother Helen, "Mama" Boucher. Due to the story she has always told him of his father dying of dehydration in the desert, Bobby has dedicated his life to becoming a water boy, working for The University of Louisiana Cougars football team. However, Bobby constantly endures torment from the players, with no defense from their coach Red Beaulieu, who in fact fires him one day without warning for disrupting practice. He secures an unpaid position with the South Central Louisiana State University Mud Dogs football team, led by the more understanding but inept Coach Klein, who urges Bobby to fight back against his tormentors. When Bobby finally does, Coach Klein finds the young waterboy's pent up anger has turned him into a veritable sack machine, and he joins the Mud Dogs' team as a linebacker, becoming a superstar and setting the stage for an inevitable showdown between Klein and his former colleague, Beaulieu.


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Elvis Mitchell

    This escapist comedy is so cheerfully outlandish that it's hard to resist, and so good-hearted that it's genuinely endearing.

  • 50


    This yahoos-on-the-bayou farce is neither inventive nor outrageous enough.

  • 40

    Los Angeles Times John Anderson

    Follows a leadenly predictable path that will be more than familiar to anyone who's seen a recent sports movie, or any Sandler movie.

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    • Production budget - $23,000,000
      Domestic Gross - $161,491,646 (5th)
      Worldwide Gross - $185,991,646 (22nd)

      Domestic adjusted for 2013 - $280,974,804
      Worldwide adjusted for 2013 - $323,601,670

    • Other production companies:
      Robert Simonds Productions
      Buena Vista (distributor)

    • Filming locations:
      Citrus Bowl, Orlando, Florida
      DeLand, Florida
      Lakeland, Florida
      Louisiana, USA
      Orlando, Florida
      St. Cloud, Florida
      Stetson University, DeLand, Florida

    • Taglines:
      1. High-Quality H20.
      2. The Water-Boy is The Devil!
      3. Instant Hero. Just Add Water.
      4. A man with a serious drinking problem.
      5. Everybody will feel his pain November 6.
      6. You can mess with him. But don't mess with his water.

    • Music:
      Born on the Bayou
      Written by John Fogerty
      Performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival
      The Devil Went Down to Georgia
      Written by Charlie Daniels, Tom Crain, Fred Edwards, Taz Di Gregorio, Jim Marshall and Charlie Hayward
      Always on the Run
      Written by Lenny Kravitz and Slash
      Performed by Lenny Kravitz
      Boom Boom
      Written by John Lee Hooker
      Performed by Big Head Todd and The Monsters (as Big Head Todd & The Monsters)
      Sooner or Later
      Written by Miles Zuniga
      Performed by Fastball
      Block Rockin' Beats
      Written by Tom Rowlands, Ed Simons, Schooly-D
      Performed by The Chemical Brothers
      Space Atmo
      Written and Performed by Klaus Stuehlen
      Feed It
      Written and Performed by The Candyskins
      Peace Frog
      Written by Jim Morrison, Robby Krieger, John Densmore and Ray Manzarek
      Performed by The Doors
      Sports Center Theme
      Written by John Colby
      House of the Rising Sun
      Written by Alan Price
      Performed by Eric Burdon
      Let's Groove
      Written by Maurice White and Wayne Vaughn
      Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
      Hail to the Chief / Drum Cadence
      Arranged by Gordon Henderson
      Written by Rich Bradley, Nate Brown, Craig Honeycutt, Wolfe Quinn, David Slankard and Steve Van Dan
      Performed by Everything
      Doin' My Thang
      Written by Sherwin Charles, Ivan Norwood, James Carter and Travis Lane
      Performed by Lifelong featuring Incident
      Entry Cadence
      Performed by The University of Michigan Marching Band
      Written by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown
      Performed by The University of Michigan Marching Band
      Ring My Bell
      Written by Frederick Knight
      Performed by Anita Ward
      Lonely Boy
      Written and Performed by Andrew Gold
      Small Town
      Written and Performed by John Mellencamp
      New Year's Eve
      Written by Waddy Wachtel and Joe Walsh
      Performed by Joe Walsh
      Hard Chargin'
      Written by Stanley Dural Jr.
      Performed by Buckwheat Zydeco
      ABC Sports Logo
      Written and Performed by Anthony Di Lorenzo, Vince Frates, Gwendolyn Thornton and Bryan Hofheins
      Hawaiian War Chant
      Written by Johnny Noble and Prince Leleiohoku
      Performed by University of Michigan Marching Band
      Join the Parade
      Written and Performed by Keith Papworth
      Tom Sawyer
      Written by Geddy Lee, Neil Peart, Pye Dubois and Alex Lifeson
      Performed by Rush
      Drum Cadence
      Performed by The UCLA Bruin Marching Band
      Band Drum Cadence
      Performed by Al Nelson
      King Cotton
      Written by John Philip Sousa
      Written and Performed by Tom Hedden
      No One to Run With
      Written by John Prestia and Dickey Betts
      Performed by The Allman Brothers Band
      More Today Than Yesterday
      Written by Patrick Upton
      Performed by Goldfinger


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Comedy, Sports


Football, Slapstick