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Bubble Boy (Widescreen)

Jake Gyllenhaal , Swoosie Kurtz , Blair Hayes    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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Innocuous, innocent, and somewhat idiotic, Disney's bubbleheaded road-movie comedy plays as a farcical remake of the 1976 cult TV-movie melodrama The Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Jake Gyllenhaal is the goodhearted innocent raised in a sort of human Habitrail of plastic rooms and rubber tunnels. To win back the girl of his dreams (Marley Shelton), he steps out of his indoor greenhouse and into a homemade Ziplock bubble suit. It's the usual story: naive innocent bounces down the highway like a beach ball with legs and wins over the wacky supporting cast of soft-hearted bikers, zombielike teenage cultists, and orphaned "freaks" through purity and pluck. The premise wears thin after a while, but Gyllenhaal keeps the film bounding along with goofy innocence and energetic eagerness. Swoosie Kurtz costars as his religious-zealot clinging mom. Watch for Fabio in an inspired cameo. --Sean Axmaker

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dead-On Campy June 1 2004
OK, one thing is for sure. If Jake Gyllenhaal had not been able to carry this movie, it would have been the worst piece of cinema ever created. But he plays the role of Jimmy, Boy in the Bubble with such wide-eyed childish, ecstatic fervor that just his facial expressions are occasionally hysterical (especially in an early scene where he attempts to pay for a bus ticket). You will either find him wildly endearing, or about as annoying as Stewart Smalley. So, this will NOT be a film suited to everyone's tastes.
Jimmy busts out of his plastic room into a plastic bubble to make a cross-country trip from CA to NY to stop the marriage of a girl he's in love with. Basic story, heard it all before. What's funny about it is the bevy of characters he meets along the way, all of whom are willing to help him, but Jimmy manages to insult them with his naivete, lack of manners and social grace. However, they all somehow become enraptured with him and end up trailing him and trying to fight each other off to his Niagara Falls destination.
The movie is made apparently in association with Disney, though it does seem to play more like an intentionally campy film intended for individuals a little older than the Disney crowd. I, for one, thought the movie looked idiotic and the title doesn't suggest a whole lot of entertainment, just a load of crap... but it really is an interesting piece of work that has the energy of a salsa dancer on speed built right in. Plus, how can you resist Jake Gyllenhaal? He's so damn cute. Plus, look for outrageous turns by Verne Troyer, Swoosie Kurtz and Fabio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What will you think? May 5 2004
I bet if you haven't seen this movie, you probably think it looks very stupid. Afterall, it didn't gain alot of momentum at the box office and who knows-- maybe you haven't even heard of this movie until recently. I'm telling you right now, point blank and honest to god, this movie is fantastic. To be honest, I had my reservations, but I bought this movie not knowing what to expect and am very happy with it.
It stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jimmy, a boy who is confined to a bubble because he was born without any immunitites. He lives day to day stuck in his room eating his moms germ-free, fat-free cookies, and while you'd think he'd be bored out of his mind, he comes up with ways to stay entertained, like played the theme from "Land of the Lost" on his guitar. Then Chloe moves next door, and from then on he's hooked. When she tells him one day that she's getting married and then leaves for Niagra Falls, Jimmy gathers up his courage and leaves the confines of his bubble room in his new bubble suit.
He meets alot of interesting characters along the way, like the Bright and Shiny Cult, a maniac on a motorcylce, and a group of circus freaks. It seems like it would be too much going on, but it's really not, it keeps the movie flowing and provides alot of laugh factors.
This movie may be a bit "out there," but not so far away that alot of different people who like alot of different movies won't be able to enjoy it. I think everyone would like this movie if they gave it a shot and watched it. And if not, that person isn't much of a movie person afterall if he can't find something to like about this charming movie.
I recommend this to everyone. It doesn't matter who you are, this movie is worth seeing, even if it's just for the sake of saying, "Yeah, I saw that one." But honestly, there's alot to love about this film. See it!
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Perhaps this movie is the funniest movie I've seen, perhaps not. What if I say it's funny, and you buy it, and you don't agree? It could happen.
I mean, comedy is a delicate, perishable, personal thing. Those old Saturday Night Live's I loved when I was a kid? ...no longer funny. Chris Rock? Funny to me, offensive to my parents. As for movies, Undercover Brother might be a better movie, or Galaxy Quest. School of Rock was good. To me, that is. At the time. So, while we all can agree that the best cooking is undisputedly Italian, agreeing on a good comedy DVD is difficult.
Amazon and it's amazing, revolutionary customer reviews go a long way toward avoiding bad products, music, and movies. Customer reviews have led me to things I never would have found, and steered me clear of others. It's like a power-to-the-people consumer reports! I love these reviews. But on movies... especially comedies, I'd get a second opinion from rottentomatoes.com, just to be safe. This movie rated 30% on the tomato meter. That's 30 out of a perfect 100, the composite opinion of a whole bunch of movie critics - whose job it is to have strong opinions.
So what does it mean? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! They rated "Spirited Away" highly, and my family hated it. They rated "Finding Nemo" highly, and my family loved it. It's all in the eye of the beholder (at the particular moment of beholding). Of course, that's just my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Believe How FUNNY it is!! Feb. 24 2004
I am a guy who is well into my 30s. As a consequence I thought that there would never be a movie that would make me laugh as much as the movies when I was a kid. I was wrong.
The first time I was even AWARE that there was a movie called Bubble Boy it was when I saw the DVD jacket. My initial thought was "This movie MUST be crap." It starred a lot of young actors whom I wasn't familiar with as well as some I hadn't heard of in years. I didn't think about it again until one night it was on one of the movie channels and I figured "why not?". I haven't laughed so much at a movie certainly in recent memory and maybe EVER.
Jake Gyllenhaal does a FANTASTIC job in this movie as Jimmy. Jimmy is forced to make a trek across country in his portable bubble to save his girlfriend Chloe (Marly Shelton) from marrying the mullet headed Mark. Every step of this journey is a SCREAM, from the surly Bus Depot attendent to the hundred year old cab driver "Pappy". Each character is played with great talent.
The big star in this movie is Gyllenhall. As Jimmy he is a wide eyed innocent that you just CANT help but love. He's beaten, he's abused and his bubble takes some serious punishment yet he goes on smiling all the way. Anyone who doesn't like Jimmy probably hates puppies and pulls the wings off of flies. Marly Shelton, as Chloe, is the kind of girl any guy would love. She's sweet, pretty and just all around adorable.
Another big star of this movie is the music. I can almost guarantee you will find something you recognize as it delves into music from today and back into the 70s!
Bottom line is you will like Bubble Boy. Most of you will LOVE Bubble Boy. Its a very very silly movie. It has absolutely NO redeeming social value.... but its HYSTERICAL. There was Caddyshack.. there was Animal House and there is Bubble Boy. Check your IQ at the door and just relax! :)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny enough.
Funny movie, not too serious, lots of random bits in it. A good movie to sit down with some younger viewers that won't take it too seriously. Let's hope they never make a sequel.
Published 12 months ago by Jeff Wiggins
3.0 out of 5 stars Bubble boy
This movie was just okay, it wasn't quite as funny as I expected. I would recommend this movie to teenagers only.
Published 16 months ago by Verda Halfkenny
4.0 out of 5 stars bright and shiny
This movie really suprised me. You really want to root jimmy on. Here is a kid who is born with a horrible disease, and he overcomes that just so he can live life and pursue love. Read more
Published on June 10 2004 by Connor T. O'quinn
4.0 out of 5 stars A Surprisingly funny movie
I first saw this movie as a sort of mistake- you know when you sit down, turn on the tube, and a movie you never heard of is just starting. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2004 by Gary J. Cowen
5.0 out of 5 stars hell yeah
this movie is one of the funniest movies i've ever seen. trust me it's worth it.
Published on Dec 23 2003 by Justin M Kirby
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest movie I've seen in my life
I remember seeing the previews of this 2 years ago, and thought it was just the usual dumb comedy. Eventually, I got drug along to see it and was expecting to hate it. Read more
Published on Nov. 28 2003 by Horatio Horatio
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry couldn't laugh
Usually I try and give movies the benefit of the doubt, I really do try. This one just didn't make me laugh. There are bad movies that you can watch and still like. Read more
Published on Oct. 8 2003 by General Pete
4.0 out of 5 stars Jake Gyllenhaal can do no wrong.
Bubble Boy (Blair Hayes, 2001)
It is easily predictable in the general scheme of all things Hollywood that Blair Hayes' career will be short, nasty, brutal, and fraught with... Read more
Published on Sept. 23 2003 by Robert Beveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought this movie was gonna be stupid
The commercial for this movie makes it look like the line of slapstick and in my opinion mindless movies that have been made over the past years "dumb and dumber" (and for the new... Read more
Published on Aug. 13 2003
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