Tuesday, September 15, 2009


One of Adam Sandler’s odder comedies, THE WATERBOY (1997), was recently released on Blu-Ray disc by Disney’s Touchstone label.

Swamp-dwelling mama’s boy Bobby Bouchet (Sandler), a clearly "challenged" individual, has no greater aspiration in life than to be the world’s greatest waterboy, and provide crystal clear H2O to the local college football team. But when the 30 year-old is laughed out of his job, he finds himself seeking a new position at a competing university, where the desperate coach (Henry Winkler) sees potential in his new waterboy, puts him on the team – and pins his hopes on Bouchet’s violent temper.

Frank Coraci’s direction is competent and he handles the football sequences and various sight gags well. It’s purely predictable fluff, but Sandler surrounds himself with a talented cast, including Kathy Bates as his over-protective mother and Fairuza Balk as the object of his heart’s desire, and its their performances that carry the film .

Touchstone’s bare-bones Blu-Ray presentation features a crisp, 1080p hi-def, 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer and 5.1 DTS-HD audio tracks in English, Spanish and French. There are no bonus features whatsoever.

For Adam Sandler fans, THE WATERBOY makes an undemanding hour and a half of light entertainment.

BUY: The Waterboy [Blu-ray]