Bubble Boy

Bubble Boy

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Director: Blair Hayes

Cast: Blair Hayes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Swoosie Kurtz, Marley Shelton

     
 

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Bubble Boy is Touchstone's comedic tale of a boy without any natural immunity to disease and his germ-proof bubble environment. Touchstone's Bubble Boy DVD is anything but sterile, however, providing a fertile variety of special features. In the film, "Bubble Boy" Jake Gyllenhaal constructs a portable bubble suit in order to travel through an unfamiliarSee more details below

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Bubble Boy is Touchstone's comedic tale of a boy without any natural immunity to disease and his germ-proof bubble environment. Touchstone's Bubble Boy DVD is anything but sterile, however, providing a fertile variety of special features. In the film, "Bubble Boy" Jake Gyllenhaal constructs a portable bubble suit in order to travel through an unfamiliar world and try to reclaim the woman (Marley Shelton) he loves. Gyllenhaal and director Blair Hayes provide a commentary track as one of the DVD's special features. There is also a "director's diary" feature, which has Hayes ruminating during the filming of various scenes. Other extras include a feature on how the bubble suit was designed, a production design gallery, a look at the storyboards of a certain sequence, and a "bright and shiny" singalong (watch the movie, it'll make sense). The DVD presents the film in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound and a widescreen version in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio enhanced for 16x9 televisions.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
Disney's Bubble Boy is a gross-out, irreverent comedy with a core of sweetness, in the style of the Farrelly brothers. Its arrival during a summer full of underwhelming would-be Hollywood blockbusters did nothing to ease its reception. Parents of children with immunodeficiency disorder organized in an understandable, if misguided, effort to protest the film's depiction of the illness as a basis for comedy. Critics lashed out at the film in nearly unanimous disdain for its scabrous mockery of religious devotion and its brazen parade of ethnic stereotypes. Many called it offensive, and worse -- unfunny. Much was made of the casting of physically unusual actors like Verne Troyer (Mini-Me from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) and Beetlejuice (from Howard Stern's radio program). But the real target of the film's admittedly uneven lowbrow humor is the kind of narrow-minded intolerance displayed by Mrs Livingston (Swoosie Kurtz), and the filmmakers' attempt to humanize her by making it obvious that ignorance and fear drive her. Most critics somehow missed the film's essential sweetness, appreciable in the wide-eyed, innocent joy of Jake Gyllenhaal's impressive lead performance. Gyllenhaal, in this film and in October Sky, displays the same kind of likable openness as Tobey Maguire, only with more vitality. The film is only sporadically funny, and it's frequently in poor taste, but it's got energy to spare, and Gyllenhaal's performance gives it a soul.
New York Times - Elvis Mitchell
When it clicks, the picture should shock you into laughter....
Los Angeles Times
Bubble Boy simply has the gall to make light of one of the last untouchables left in America: disease. Jan Stuart
San Francisco Chronicle
This is a star-making performance: It's impossible not to respond to Gyllenhaal's sweetness, wide eyes and dazzling smile, or to imagine anyone whose looks or personality would be more perfectly suited to the role. Edward Guthmann

Product Details

Release Date:
01/15/2002
UPC:
0786936165401
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:24:00
Sales rank:
9,247

Special Features

Director's Diary; Building a Better Bubble Suit; Production Design Gallery; Storyboards: Niagara Falls; Bright and Shiny Singalong; Audio commentary with director Blair Hayes and actor Jake Gyllenhaal; French and Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jake Gyllenhaal Jimmy Livingston
Swoosie Kurtz Mrs. Livingston
Marley Shelton Chloe
Danny Trejo Slim
John Carroll Lynch Mr. Livingston
Stephen Spinella Chicken Man
Verne Troyer Dr. Phreak
Ryan Sheridan Mark
Brian George Pushpak
Patrick Cranshaw Pappy/Pippy
Ever Carradine Mark's Sister
Geoffrey Arend Flipper Boy
Matthew McGrory Human Sasquatch
Bonnie Morgan Rubber Woman
Jason Sklar Shlomo
Randy Sklar Dawn
Fabio Gil
Ping Wu Emcee
Zach Galifianakis Bus Stop Man
Boti Ann Bliss Cashier

Technical Credits
Blair Hayes Director
Seth Arnett Stunts
Ken Daurio Screenwriter
Beau Flynn Producer
John Ottman Score Composer
Cinco Paul Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Title/Gift Wrapped From Heaven [4:25]
2. The Girl Next Door [6:37]
3. Mark [6:50]
4. Out in the World [2:34]
5. Bright and Shiny [5:03]
6. Chosen Vato [5:43]
7. Las Vegas [4:02]
8. Dr. Phreak [4:37]
9. Ice Cream and Curry [10:53]
10. Five Hundred Dollars [7:37]
11. No Regrets [5:06]
12. The Chase [2:44]
13. Jimmy & Chloe [4:31]
14. End Credits [6:19]

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