August 21, 1998 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Waterboy

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
performer
Kathy Bates, Adam Sandler, Henry Winkler
director
Frank Coraci
author
Adam Sandler
genre
Comedy

STARRING Adam Sandler, Kathy Bates, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Fairuza Balk

DIRECTED BY Frank Coraci

Reteaming with the director who transformed him from an obnoxious frat boy into a leading man in The Wedding Singer, Sandler stars in this Louisiana-based football farce as a slow-witted water boy who becomes a tackling machine. To balance out his spasmodic shenanigans, the flick offers a love interest (Balk) and an overprotective Cajun mama (Bates) who can’t bear to see her son leave the nest. ”It’s a big comedy with poignant moments,” says Coraci, who plans to add more romance to the final edit, since test audiences swooned at Sandler’s scenes with Balk. Oscar winner Bates did some balking herself at first. ”It didn’t seem like my kind of movie,” she admits. ”I didn’t know much about Adam Sandler, but my niece said, ‘He’s fabulous. You have to do this.’ I took a hard look at the script and found myself laughing hysterically.” (Nov. 6)

THE LOWDOWN Football and a love story? Sounds like the makings of a profitable date movie.

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