"Comedy aimed directly at 'Joe Lowest-Common-Denominator'."
If I could kick just one person in Hollywood fair and square up the arse, it'd be Adam Sandler. Does this guy realise his potential? Does he know he's a genuinely funny guy? If so, why does he keep remaking Billy Maddison?Don't get me wrong, Billy Maddison was hilarious. Happy Gilmore, despite it's ill-conceived golf course setting, was also funny. But The Wedding Singer, and now The Waterboy are just cases of going to the well way too many times.
Sandler is Bobby Boucher, a Louisiana dumbo who's been molly-coddled by an over-protective mother since his daddy got killed in the desert. Billy is obsessed with providing the finest possible water to the local college football team, because he never got to save his dad in his time of need. When folks ridicule his water, Bobby becomes enraged and kicks almighty hiney on and off the field, taking his team of losers to the top of the tree.
Sounds like Major League? Sounds like Happy Gilmore? Sounds like every sports movie you've seen in your entire life? Correct on all counts. The funniest thing about this film is looking around at people in the audience who should have more intelligence guffawing at the dumbest jokes this side of Good Burger.
Sandler, who really is close to comedy genius when he's being original, is just plain awful. His "Louisiana Billy Maddison" accent is annoying from the start. His mother (Kathy Bates) stretches to bring forth even the smallest chuckle. Not her fault, it's just dud material. Fairuza Balk, who should know better, as Bobby's bad-girl girlfriend, is restricted to jokes that went out with Fonzie. Speaking of Fonzie, Henry Winkler tries hard, being his big comeback try and all, but attempting these lines with humour is kind of like attempting to style Andre Agassi's hair. There's just nothing to work with.Strangely, those in attendance seemed to be cacking their pants laughing. I don't get it. Have expectations run so low? Then again, I recall when I was 15, laughing away to a screening of Hot Dog: The Movie. Maybe I just forgot how easy audiences are to dupe.