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At Theaters: 8/24/2001 On Video: 1/15/2002
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 24 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 329902
Studio: Touchstone Pictures Inc.
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A young man born without immunities and raised in a bubble falls in love with his next door neighbor. He learns she is going to marry and decides to build a mobile "bubble suit" in order to follow her to Niagara Falls and tell her he loves her. But his parents are determined to bring him back to the safety of his "bubble room."
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Comedy - "Bubble Boy" is a very silly movie that often goes over the line and becomes stupid. There are some funny moments but likely not enough for most moviegoers.

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Cast and Crew Heading
Jake Gyllenhaal OCTOBER SKY, A LEONARD COHEN AFTERWORLD
Swoosie Kurtz CITIZEN RUTH
Marley Shelton VALENTINE, SUGAR AND SPICE
Danny Trejo CON AIR, THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS
John Carroll Lynch THE NEXT BEST THING
Director: Blair Hayes MOTION PICTURE DEBUT
Producer: Beau Flynn TIGERLAND
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Production Notes Heading
The Gestation of "Bubble Boy"
About The Casting
Building The Bubble
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: No F-words or GD's, some milder profanities.
SEX/NUDITY: No sex or nudity. Some very mild sexual innuendo.
VIOLENCE: Some fights and knife waving. Very mild.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: A few beers are shown.
ACTION: A few chase scenes and a big explosion. Nothing special.
COMEDY: A fair amount of humor worked, but a LOT didn't.
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TV Guide Online  Full Review
Below Average "Hard though this antic farce tries to be outrageous, its satirical jabs at American culture are obvious and juvenile, as is the use of Jimmy's plastic bubble as a goofy metaphor for fear of life. The family of the late David Vetter — the real life "bubble boy" — proposed a boycott based on what they perceived as the film's callous mockery of a heartbreaking disorder. They should have ignored the film and let it choke quietly on its own sheer stupidity.''

Newsday  Full Review
Average "A frenetic whoopee cushion of a road comedy, "Bubble Boy" dishonors not the real-life child whose memory it so marginally invokes, but rather the mothers of such immune sufferers, at whom it wags a ridiculous finger of blame."

USA TODAY  Full Review
Average "It's pretty tame, goofy fun. Gyllenhaal plays Jimmy with a wide-eyed sweetness that takes the edge off the derisive moments. But though there are some funny sequences, the frothy Bubble Boy evaporates without delivering enough belly laughs.''

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 46 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
6
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
10
Fairly High
90%
13-19Teens (F)
13
About 50/50
77%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
4
About 50/50
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
3
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
4
Fairly High
75%
30+Adults (F)
6
High
83%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Not a well attended movie. We were only able to collect 46 opinions at multiple showing. This is one of those movies that you either love or hate. I guess it depends on if you find this type of silly humor funny.

From these few reviews, that are very mixed, it's impossible to accurately predict who will enjoy "Bubble Boy." I'll go out on a limb and say, since there are quite a few opinions of "Very Good" and higher, your chances of enjoying this movie are pretty high. I would recommend that you might want to save yourself a few bucks and catch a matinee, just in case. :-)

Publisher Comments: (before opinions collected)
A very silly movie that often goes over the line and becomes stupid. There are some funny moments but probably not enough for most moviegoers. I predict it will receive some decent opinions from the younger crowd and some below average to poor opinions from most adults. This is NOT a movie I would recommend paying full price to see. MAYBE a matinee if you really enjoy very silly comedies.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The life of Jimmy Livingston, (JAKE GYLLENHAAL) a young man born without immunities and raised in a manufactured world provided by his well-intentioned, but misguided mother (SWOOSIE KURTZ). Jimmy is happy enough, and has all the same experiences of other boys and girls growing up -- except he lives in a bubble. But when Jimmy realizes that he's in love with Chloe (MARLEY SHELTON), the girl next door, he has no choice but to build a mobile "bubble suit," and set off across the country to Niagara Falls, to stop Chloe's wedding -- which is only days away -- in time to confess his love to her. Along the way, he crosses paths with freaks, bikers, rock stars, and a cult, racing against the clock and his parents who are determined to bring Jimmy back to the safety of his "bubble room."

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