2 The Waterboy (1998)
The Waterboy of the local football team, a naive boy has always done it as child labour, is fired after loyal service years.
Unemployed, he wanders looking for being waterboy elsewhere, ending up to his older team’s historic rivals.
But when he happens to tackle a teasing player by chance, he amazes the whole team with his potential physical power.
The new coach has no doubts and immediately puts him on the field. Eager to win after an innumerable series of painful defeats, he uses the boys to be a secret weapon.
Suddenly, he becomes the absolute protagonist of their victories. Loved by the crowds and by a beautiful girl, which he finally dares to declares.
But his grumpy mom doesn’t accept her little loved one playing football, trying to sabotage his career.
The Waterboy is a hilarious sports comedy populated with characters, each more stupid than the other.
However, a movie with excellent football sequences, alternating with the protagonist’s mental curtains who loads himself before each action, imagines the bully mistreating him.
Adam Sandler inspired plays one of the most influential roles in his long comedian’s career. A character practically mistreated by everyone who finally manages to have his revenge and his moment of glory.
To encourage him by spurring his career, none other than the old Fonzie, Henry Winkler himself. Another tormented man full of fears after a life whole of defeats. Trying to recover his self-esteem thanks to the protagonist’s sports feats in redeeming a loser’s life.
Finally, the fantastic Kathy Bates is funny and disturbing, incinerating with her eyes anyone who contradicts her with her famous killer expression Misery‘s like.
Frank Coraci, as the director, masterfully manages this zoo of bizarre characters. Leaving everyone the right space to emerge with their madness, remaining attached to each of them, including bullies.