Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.
USA, 1998. Robert Simonds Productions, Touchstone Pictures, Waterboy Productions. Screenplay by Tim Herlihy, Adam Sandler. Cinematography by Steven Bernstein. Produced by Jack Giarraputo, Robert Simonds. Music by Alan Pasqua. Production Design by Perry Andelin Blake. Costume Design by Tom Bronson. Film Editing by Tom Lewis.
Adam Sandler follows The Wedding Singer with another sweet, silly comedy about a simpleminded Louisiana bayou kid who becomes a football star. Starting out simply as the manager of the water cooler, Sandler is soon asked to play on the team when a mean crack from a teammate gets him so angry that he, to the coach’s amazement, performs the head-butt of the century. Next thing he knows he’s attending college classes to qualify his playing on the team. The problem is that he can’t tell his overprotective mother (a hilariously warm Kathy Bates) about his new adventure, because she thinks ‘fooseball is the devil!’ Fairuza Balk is also endearing as a tough biker chick who thinks Sandler is romance material, and the whole thing is directed with little fanfare and lighthearted aplomb. Enjoyable.