Bubble BoyAugust 24, 2001
"Bubble Boy" is a comedy about a young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom…
Release Year: 2001
Rating: 5.4/10 (14,080 voted)
Critic's Score: 41/100
Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Swoosie Kurtz, Marley Shelton
"Bubble Boy" is a comedy about a young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom. When he finds out that the woman he has loved since childhood is about to be married at Niagara Falls, he builds a portable bubble suit and ventures into the outside world to win her affections.
Writers: Cinco Paul, Ken Daurio
John Carroll Lynch
Lisa, Mark's Sister
Life is an adventure. Don't blow it.
Release Date: 24 August 2001
Filming Locations: La Verne, California, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $2,038,349
(26 August 2001)
(14 October 2001)
Did You Know?
Despite the fact that this was filmed in Super 35, "Filmed in Panavision" is listed in the end credits.
When Jimmy's parents arrive in Las Vegas the cult bus can be seen arriving behind them. Then, after the casino sequence, the cult bus is seen arriving again.
"Dear Mr. and Ms. Livingston, we have kidnapped your son. Give us $100,000 dollars or he dies. Signed, the Jews." Are you kidding? ARE YOU KIDDING? Who in their right mind is going to believe this note Morton? THEY'RE THE JEWS. THEY'RE GOING TO WANT MORE THAN $100,000!
Not as Dumb as it Looks
When I rented it, I was expecting to be disappointed. What a shock! An
awesome film with a delightfully goofy plot. I did not find it
offensive in any reagrd. In fact, I disagree with those who have called
the film "stupid" or "dumb" or void of any real social commentary. In a
nutshell, Almost everyone Jimmy encounters on his adventure is trapped
in their own self imposed bubble. Truth is, we all find ways to
insulate ourselves from the world, and impose "Bubbles" to convince
ourselves of non-existent limitations that prevent us from being and
doing what we want. The film's irony and beauty lies in the fact that
while Jimmy's bubble is the most obvious, he is the free-est character
in the film. He refuses to accept the limitations of his bubble, and
will follow his heart no matter what the cost. How many of us can look
in the mirror and say the same about ourselves? Well worth the cost of
rental. One of the least recognized film jewels of the century so far.