The Waterboy

1998 PG-13 1h 29m DVD

The Waterboy

1998 PG-13 1h 29m DVD
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The coach of a struggling college football team discovers that Bobby Boucher, a water boy, has a hidden rage that makes him a tackling machine whose bone-crushing power might vault his team into the playoffs.
Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Lawrence Gilliard Jr., Blake Clark, Peter Dante, Jonathan Loughran, Al Whiting, Clint Howard, Allen Covert, Rob Schneider, Todd Holland, Robert Kokol
Frank Coraci
Widescreen 1.85:1
French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, English: Dolby Digital 5.1
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Waterboy is a 1997 movie starring Adam Sandler as a bumbling waterboy from Louisiana who learns to channel his rage at being picked on his whole life into becoming a champion college football player. He endures physical bullying as well as verbal; he's called a "retard," "needled--k," and "s--thead," among other things. There is frequent profanity throughout, including "f--k." There's also drinking shown at a college party, and, in a recurring joke, the cheerleaders and mascot of the team are shown drowning their sorrows with whiskey while appearing almost passed out on the football field. There are some references to sex, including threesomes, and jokes are made at the waterboy's expense about him being a virgin. Brief shot of naked male buttocks. Talk of sex between the waterboy and his girlfriend. In one scene, his girlfriend removes her blouse. Overall, though The Waterboy can be just as crude (and formulaic in terms of story) as other Adam Sandler movies from the 1990s, this one isn't quite as funny, goofy, or silly as Billy Madison or Happy Gilmore.

Sexual Content

Brief shot of naked male buttocks. Talk of sex between the waterboy and his girlfriend. In one scene, his girlfriend removes her blouse. A woman at a college party asks the waterboy if he has "ever been in a threesome." A man puts his hand on a woman's breasts. Jokes about the waterboy still being a virgin.


Football violence, over-the-top tackling in some instances for the sake of comedy.


Frequent profanity. "F--k," "a--hole." The waterboy is verbally bullied by football players: He's called a "retard," "needled--k," and "s--thead." He receives a note telling him to "eat s--t."

Social Behavior

Too goofy and silly to have much in the way of positive messages. Regional stereotypes.


To rile him up, the head coach of the football team tells the waterboy that "Gatorade is better than water"; this is repeated several times in a row. At a football game, a large banner advertises Ozarka Spring Water. Other banners advertise Casio, McDonald's, and ACDelco.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Drinking at a party. In a recurring joke, cheerleaders and the mascot of a terrible college football team are shown getting drunk on whiskey while on the field. College students drink alcohol in the bleachers. The title football game is called the Bourbon Bowl. After witnessing the strange behavior of the waterboy at a football camp for kids, the camp leader advises the kids, "Don't smoke crack."

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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