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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."
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.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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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.''
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."
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.''
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
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.
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."