The Waterboy is a 1998 film starring Adam Sandler and Henry Winkler. Sandler plays Bobby Boucher (pronounced ''Boo-SHAY''), a socially inept (but also intelligent), stuttering waterboy with hidden anger issues due to constant teasing and his mother's (Kathy Bates) excessive sheltering. It is discovered that Bobby's anger issues make him an extraordinary football player. This transfers to the coach and the rest of the team.
You can mess with him, but don't mess with his tropes:
All Girls Want Bad Boys: Inverted. Violent tackling tendencies aside, Bobby is an innocent, wholesome Nice Guy and Vicki is attracted to him for these reasons. However, she is a bad girl, but Bobby likes her anyway.
Artistic License - Biology: Bobby tackles his biology professor over the fact that alligators get ornery because of their enlarged medulla oblongata, leading to more aggressive emotions, instead of Mama Boucher's explanation that "they got all them teeth and no toothbrush". They're both wrong, because the medulla oblongata has absolutely nothing to do with emotions, being responsible for breathing and heart rate. The amygdala is responsible for emotions.
Book Dumb: Apparently, Bobby's lack of common knowledge is a result of his sheltered upbringing, rather than some learning disability.
Brick Joke: When interviewed at the final game, Vicki tells the sideline interviewer (former football great Lynn Swann) that the final score of the Bourbon Bowl will be 30-27, claiming "That ain't no guess— that's what it's gon be!" in an angry tone when questioned by Swann. With five seconds left in the game, the Mud Dogs are down 24-27 and are in field goal range, but decide to go for the win rather than the tie (which, if successful, would give them a 30-27 win). Swann looks at Vicki in disbelief, and she responds with a smug "I told you so" look.
Broken Record: Dan Fouts "Last game of the year, Brent. Can't hold anything back now...", eventually making Brent say "We know." Then, on the last play of the game, he screams at Brent Musberger "IT'S BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T HOLD ANYTHING BACK!"
Bobby: Everything is the devil to you, Mama! Well, I like school, and I like football! And I'm gonna keep doin' them both because they make me feel good! (walks towards the door) And by the way, Mama. Alligators are ornery 'cause of their "medulla oblongata"! (walks out, then back in again) And I like Vicki, and she like me back! (almost in tears by this point) And she showed me her boobies and I like them too! (slams the door on Mama)
The Cameo: Director Frank Coraci plays Bobby's father.
Captain Ersatz - If you didn't notice the professor strongly resembled Colonel Sanders, one of the characters points it out.
Bobby: I like school! And I like football! And I'm gonna keep doing 'em both because they make me feel good! [leaves, slams the door, then opens it] And alligators get ornery because of their medulla oblongatas! [slams door again, then opens it again] And I like Vicki and she likes me back! And she showed me her boobies, and I like them, too! [slams door for the last time]
Expy: Bobby Boucher shares a speech impediment (one which Sandler overcame himself), obsession with water, and a few personality traits with one of Sandler's Saturday Night Live characters, Canteen Boy.
They could be the same character. He may have done some canteen jobs on the side.
Strangely, though, Bobby has no real traits in common with Cajun Man, another of Sandler's characters.
Bobby also shares the same voice as The Excited Southerner, a character from Sandler's album What the Hell Happened To Me?.
Bobby seems to also be an extremely broad parody of Forrest Gump, a Southern mama's boy and manchild turned college football star.
Eye Poke: Because "Captain Insano shows no mercy."
Fake Ultimate Sports Hero: Red Beaulieu's success as a coach is due to his stealing Coach Klein's playbook years ago to pass off as his own. He frustratedly flips through the pages when Coach Klein's starting to beat him.
Foreshadowing: When Mama Boucher argues with Vicki Vallencourt after dinner, Mama says "Nobody's gonna take him away, especially not some godless Jezebel like you!". This sounds like yet another attempt to smother Bobby, but later on, she reveals that Bobby's father abandoned them to be with "a voodoo woman named Phyllis.".
Foreign Queasine: Mama Boucher's meals, which include grilled alligators and a huge snake.
Gadgeteer Genius: Vicki is one as she was able to soup up Bobby's Lawnmower to make it go faster than it's ever been. She later fixes up Mama Boucher's fanboat so they could make it to the Bourbon Bowl.
Generation Xerox: Apparently Bobby got his anger and ability to hit like a ton of bricks from his mother.
Gone Horribly Right: When Coach Klein encourages the other team members to taunt Bobby's love of water in an attempt to fuel Bobby's tackling ability. It not only worked, but Bobby scores the touchdown that leads the Mud Dogs to the Bourbon Bowl.
Gretzky Has the Ball: Coach Klein forging Bobby's transcript would get the school punk-slapped by the NCAA and easily cost them the entire season's worth of wins, and possibly ban them from playing for several years.
Jerkass Fašade: Mama Boucher actually isn't an Evil Matriarch, she's been pretending to be one due to the pain of her husband deserting her and Bobby.
Laser-Guided Karma: Coach Red Beaulieu, who tormented Bobby in his youth and stole the playbook from Coach Klein for his own purposes. So it's only natural the two of them would take him down in the end. To elaborate: he lost the Championship game to a farm team run by the coach he screwed over, who'd never won a game until they brought on the waterboy he'd fired earlier.
Also Mama herself, once she finally realizes how much she's hurting Bobby by keeping him away from doing the things he loves.
My Greatest Failure: Coach Klein regrets not standing up to Coach Red when he originally stole his playbook.
Never My Fault: Mama Boucher acts like this when Bobby has Vicki over for lunch and she humiliates him in front of her by telling one embarrassing story after another.
Bobby: Well, if you'll excuse me, ladies, I'm gonna go hang myself...
[he hastily leaves, while Mama turns to Vicki]
Mama: You see what you did?
Vicki:(enraged) What I did?!
Not This One, That One: While looking through Mama's scrapbook, Bobby sees a picture of a young Mama with a hunky guy. When he asks if he was his father, Mama explains he was a guy she dated prior to meeting his father, "That was lust, not love." She turns to a picture of a dopey-looking man, saying "That's your daddy."
Was It All a Lie?: Mama Boucher revealed the truth about his father: He left for New Orleans to make some money to support his family. But after two weeks, he "deserted" them to be with his two new loves: big city-livin' and a "voodoo woman named Phyllis". And changed his name to Roberto. She lied to him about his father because she was afraid Bobby would leave her too, thus the reason why she sheltered him all his life.
We Used to Be Friends: Coach Klein and Red Beaulieu used to be fellow assistant coaches at Louisiana State, until Red stole Klein's playbook to pass off as his own, firing him once he got the job.