the waterboy

Genre:  Comedy
Release Date: November 6, 1998

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Cast: Kathy Bates, Fairuza Balk, Adam Sandler, Henry Winkler, Jerry Reed, Clint Howard


The waterboy for a Louisiana-based football team finds himself in the thick of things when it's discovered he has a talent for using his inner-aggression and untamed demons to make vicious on-field tackles. "It's a big comedy with poignant moments," says director Coraci about the film that has been dubbed a "Cajun football comedy."

Well, this little football comedy earned $39.4-million in its opening weekend (Nov. 6-8), which is more money than any film ever released in November or December, including films released during the Christmas holiday period.

Faster than you can say "Jim Carrey," bets are down that Sandler is the next $20 million man, although he's "only" getting $12 million for a New Line project in which he'll play a man whose mother is an angel and whose father is a devil -- that's after he re-teams with his Gilmore director Dennis Dugan for a comedy called Big Daddy about a single man who adopts a child due to be released in June of 1999.

Director: Frank Coraci
Studio: Disney

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