Adam Sandler in The Waterboy



Though he is a beloved comedian and has given us some of the funniest films to grace cinema, Adam Sandler has seen his fair share of harsh comments from critics, though the Sandman really doesn’t care. When it comes to his movies, there are huge disparities between the critic scores and audience ratings as seen on Rotten Tomatoes. Ironically, some of the harshest-reviewed Sandler films remain some of the audience’s favorites. The fans don’t worry too much it seems, and the same is true about Kathy Bates, who played Sandler’s mother in The Waterboy. This notion is based on a story that Sandler told regarding the time he opined to Bates that the comedy wouldn’t be well received.

Adam Sandler is one of the most successful comedians in Hollywood, but it wasn’t always shaping up to be that way. After being fired from SNL, he started creating some of his own comedy films during the ’90s, and many have since become well loved — and The Waterboy is definitely one of those flicks. While appearing on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast (opens in new tab), Sandler recalled a conversation he had with on-screen mother Kathy Bates about the movie’s potential critical reception. He explained to the Oscar winner that expectations weren’t high, but Bates simply wouldn’t have any of it:

I remember Kathy Bates in Waterboy, and I loved her and I loved everything she did. I remember telling her when somebody brought up critics that I was like, ‘They’re probably not gonna like it. They’re probably gonna say bad stuff, maybe don’t read it.’ And she said ‘Well, I like it, so that’s all that matters,’ or something like that. She was cool.

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