Bubble Boy

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Jake Gyllenhaal, the young star of the critically well-received October Sky 1999, follows up that film with this offbeat comedy. Gyllenhaal stars as Jimmy Livingston, a teenager with an immune system deficiency who has spent his entire life living in a plastic bubble under the doting, overprotective care of his mother Swoosie Kurtz. Jimmy is in love with his next-door neighbor Chloe Marley Shelton, so when he learns that she has left for Niagara Falls in order to be married, he's devastated. He quickly assembles ...
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Jake Gyllenhaal, the young star of the critically well-received October Sky 1999, follows up that film with this offbeat comedy. Gyllenhaal stars as Jimmy Livingston, a teenager with an immune system deficiency who has spent his entire life living in a plastic bubble under the doting, overprotective care of his mother Swoosie Kurtz. Jimmy is in love with his next-door neighbor Chloe Marley Shelton, so when he learns that she has left for Niagara Falls in order to be married, he's devastated. He quickly assembles a portable "bubble suit" and sets out on a 2,755.8-mile odyssey in order to stop her and proclaim his affection. Along the way, Jimmy experiences a number of adventures, including encounters with freaks, bikers, rock stars, and a cult. Bubble Boy is a comic riff on the classic TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble 1976, which starred a young John Travolta.
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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

Bubble Boy simply has the gall to make light of one of the last untouchables left in America: disease. Jan Stuart
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/13/2002
  • UPC: 786936181432
  • Original Release: 2001
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Format: VHS

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Bright and Shiney!

    Hey all you Todds and Lorraines! I am Lorraine! I love Bubble Boy becuase of the plot! So original! My friends and I love Bubble Boy becuase of the Bright and Shineys! You should watch Bubble Boy becuase, I love to watch it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    magnififcent

    The Bubble boy is an inspiring and adventuos story. Its also funny. The actors and actresses did a great job on performing them. One comedy that should be in your top ten.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2002

    Bubble Boy Rocks!

    Bubble Boy is Awesome! I really liked Dr.Phreak and his Freaks.I also loved Jimmy! I think that he's a major heartthrob.Once you get your hands on this movie, you'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A cute, laugh out loud kind of movie

    This movie was so cute and funny I couldn't stop laughing. Jake Gyllenhaal is so cute in this movie. See this movie if your into comedies.

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