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Films Made In Florida
The Waterboy (1998)
| Monday, 05.07.2018, 02:20 PM |   (32251 views)

The Waterboy (1998)

By Anne Waisanen

Bobby Boucher (Adam Sandler) is a 31-year-old simpleton bayou boy who still lives with his domineering Mama (Kathy Bates) and has been the University of Louisiana's water boy for eighteen years. When UL's nasty Coach Beaulieu (Jerry Reed) finally fires Bobby, the hydrophilic lad hooks up with the hapless South Central Louisiana State University’s Mud Dogs, led by jittery Coach Klein (Henry Winkler) who is afraid of the other team’s trainer.

One day, infuriated by yet another affront to his dignity cast at him by a member of the team, Boucher dashes into the field tackling the offender so viciously that Coach Klein puts him into a game, counsels him to visualize people who have humiliated him in the past, and turns him loose against some of the most brawny contenders south of the Mason-Dixon line. Thus are the Mud Dogs on their way to their greatest season – and, naturally, a showdown with the University of Louisiana – provided they can keep over-protective Mama from finding out her baby boy is playing "the football." Problem is: he has to go to college at the same time - behind his mother's back.

It's the sort of feel-good movie in which games are won in the final seconds and women swoon over their sportsman-heroes – in this case, the sexy, criminally inclined Vicki Vallencourt (Fairuza Balk) pushes her man to victory with a promise to introduce the 31-year-old to the mysterious of love.

The film was  shot in Orlando. The film was cast by Florida based casting director Ellen Jacoby CSA. Several local actors were used in the filming of The Waterboy including Brett Rice as Laski and Tom Nowicki as a Community College coach and Todd Thompson as one of the Mud Dogs.

 The Waterboy was written by Adam Sandler and Tim Herlihy and directed by Frank Coraci.

Anne Waisanen is the Publisher/Owner of In Focus Magazine.. She is an Alumni of Emerson College in Boston, majoring in Film and Communications.   This included writing, producing, filming and acting. She is a member of WIFT, Women in Film and Television

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