The Waterboy

  • Review Date: May 11, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Really dumb, but many teens love it anyway.
  • Review Date: May 11, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 90 minutes





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Locker room language

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking


Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has locker-room style bad language and mild sexual references.

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What's the story?

THE WATERBOY stars Adam Sandler as Bobby Boucher, a 31-year-old man who lives with his mother and cares only about providing the freshest, most delicious water for the football team. Fired by the coach (Jerry Reed), he volunteers to be the unpaid waterboy for a team that hasn't won a game in four years. Although his mother has raised him to avoid all relationships and he hates confrontation, it turns out that when he gets angry he can tackle a Mack truck. So, he becomes a football star, gets the girl (Fairuza Balk as a tattooed felon, but a loveable one), and teaches his mother and himself that he can be more independent.

Is it any good?


If you've seen the coming attraction and you still want to see this movie, then you are probably between the ages of 12 and 16 and will probably recognize all of the "played by themselves" sports stars who make cameos.

Sandler uses an especially annoying voice throughout and there isn't much energy in the script or performances. I cannot recommend it, but recognize that many adolescents will enjoy it, if only to be able to trade the punchlines with their friends.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes Sandler's type of humor so popular.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 6, 1998
DVD release date:March 16, 1999
Cast:Adam Sandler, Fairuza Balk, Kathy Bates
Director:Frank Coraci
Studio:Touchstone Pictures
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:language and some crude sexual humor

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Teen, 16 years old Written byJoeyd219 December 1, 2012

Typical Sandler movie

It is a bad movie, plain and simple, but most adolescents will enjoy Sandler's typical stupid humor. The language is moderate, but I honestly wouldn't worry about it too much. The sexual content isn't bad, fine for anyone 13 and up, but you have to make the call for an 11 year old and decide if they're mature enough yourself. Nothing is seen, but it does talk about a woman's breasts. I don't see the violence being an issue for anyone over 8, but understand that kids younger than that could try to imitate him tackling people and think it's funny. I think this movie is fine for someone 12 years old probably, and you make the call for someone 10-11.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008

Waste of Film

'How to be a bully' given to teenagers is a bad idea. This movie is funny if you have already graduated from jr. high
Teen, 14 years old Written byAfroman2000@awesome November 2, 2014

The Waterboy

This is a funny movie but contains some inappropriate content but not as bad
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