Adam Sandler plays Bobby Boucher, an unschooled, unscrewed Louisiana mama’s boy who ladles out “quality H2O” to a college football team that kicks his ass and spits in his cooler.
When Coach Klein (a very welcome Henry Winkler) discovers that a demon pops out in sweet Bobby every time someone insults his mama (Oscar winner Kathy Bates is a hoot), the Waterboy becomes the team’s star tackler and a target for devirginizing by Vicki Vallencourt, played with droll, red-lipped sluttiness by Fairuza Balk.
Sandler and his college buddies – director Frank Coraci, co-writer Tim Herlihy, co-producer Jack Giarraputo – may have been to the well once too often with the story of an endearing, maternally obsessed simpleton who finds success and sex through anger. But Sandler makes the laughs go down easy.
Larry Gilliard Jr
Paul ‘The Giant’ Wight