The Waterboy

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

The Waterboy (Touchstone Movie)

“The Waterboy” is a sports comedy film released in 1998, directed by Frank Coraci. The movie stars Adam Sandler as Bobby Boucher, a socially awkward and mentally challenged waterboy for the fictional college football team, the South Central Louisiana State University (SCLSU) Mud Dogs.

The story follows Bobby, who has been sheltered and overprotected by his overbearing mother, Helen (Kathy Bates). He is constantly ridiculed and taken advantage of by the football team, particularly by the aggressive coach, Coach Klein (Henry Winkler).

One day, during a practice, Bobby’s hidden talent for tackling and hitting is accidentally discovered by the team’s frustrated defense captain, Derek Wallace (Fairuza Balk). Coach Klein decides to make Bobby a member of the team’s defense due to his tackling ability, despite his limited understanding of football.

As Bobby’s skills become invaluable to the team, he gains newfound confidence and begins to come out of his shell. However, his transformation puts him at odds with his controlling mother, who disapproves of his involvement with football.

“The Waterboy” is known for its slapstick humor, over-the-top performances, and Adam Sandler’s signature comedic style. The film’s humor often centers around Bobby’s childlike naivety and his exaggerated reactions to various situations.

The movie received mixed reviews from critics but was a commercial success, becoming one of Adam Sandler’s most popular and iconic films. “The Waterboy” has since gained a dedicated fan base, particularly among fans of Sandler’s comedy.

While the film may not be critically acclaimed, its enduring popularity can be attributed to its quotable lines, memorable comedic moments, and Adam Sandler’s endearing portrayal of Bobby Boucher. “The Waterboy” remains a touchstone for fans of lighthearted and goofy sports comedies.

Fun Facts

  • The character of Bobby Boucher was inspired by Adam Sandler’s own experiences with waterboys during his time as a student at New York University.
  • The film features several cameos from well-known sports personalities, including Lawrence Taylor, Jimmy Johnson, Bill Cowher, and Dan Fouts, who play themselves in the movie.
  • “The Waterboy” was a commercial success, grossing over $185 million worldwide against a budget of $23 million.
  • The film showcases Adam Sandler’s trademark comedic style, combining physical humor with memorable one-liners and exaggerated character portrayals.
  • The iconic catchphrase “You can do it!” uttered by Rob Schneider’s character has become one of the film’s most memorable quotes, often associated with Adam Sandler’s movies.
  • The Louisiana State University (LSU) Tigers football team served as the inspiration for the fictional South Central Louisiana State University (SCLSU) Mud Dogs in the film.
  • “The Waterboy” received mixed reviews from critics, with some praising its comedic moments and Sandler’s performance, while others criticized its crude humor and predictability.
  • The film’s soundtrack includes songs by artists such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and KC and The Sunshine Band, adding to the movie’s energetic and lively atmosphere.
  • “The Waterboy” has remained popular among fans of Adam Sandler’s comedy and has gained a cult following over the years, showcasing its enduring appeal as a light-hearted and entertaining sports comedy.

Additional Details


  • Adam Sandler: Bobby Boucher, Jr.
  • Kathy Bates: Helen “Mama” Boucher
  • Henry Winkler: Coach Klein
  • Fairuza Balk: Vicki Vallencourt
  • Jerry Reed: Coach Red Beaulieu
  • Peter Dante: Gee Grenouille
  • Larry Gilliard Jr.: Derek Wallace
  • Blake Clark: Farmer Fran
  • Jonathan Loughran: Lyle Robideaux
  • Clint Howard: Paco
  • Allen Covert: Walter
  • Rob Schneider: The Townie
  • Kevin Farley: Jim Simonds
  • Robert Kokol: The Professor
  • Frank Coraci: Robert “Roberto” Boucher, Sr.
  • Big Show: Captain Insano
  • Soon Hee Newbold: Mud Dog Cheerleader
  • Dan Fouts: himself
  • Brent Musburger: himself
  • Lynn Swann: himself
  • Chris Fowler: himself
  • Lee Corso: himself
  • Trevor Miller: himself
  • Moosie The Cocker Spaniel: herself
  • Dan Patrick: himself
  • Lawrence Taylor: himself
  • Bill Cowher: himself
  • Jimmy Johnson: himself
  • Jennifer Bini Taylor: Rita


  • Director: Frank Coraci
  • Producers: Jack Giarraputo, Robert Simonds and Adam Sandler
  • Writers: Tim Herlihy and Adam Sandler

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