- Bubble Boy
name = Bubble Boy
writer = Cinco Paul
Jake Gyllenhaal Swoosie Kurtz Marley Shelton Danny Trejo John Carroll Lynch Verne Troyer
Beau Flynn Eric McLeod
budget = $13,000,000 (estimated)
August 24, 2001(USA)
runtime = 84 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0258470|
"Bubble Boy" is a 2001
comedy filmdirected by Blair Hayes and stars Jake Gyllenhaalin the title role.
Jake Gyllenhaalas Jimmy Livingston
Swoosie Kurtzas Mrs. Livingston
Marley Sheltonas Chloe
Danny Trejoas Slim
John Carroll Lynchas Mr. Livingston
Verne Troyeras Dr. Phreak
Dave Sheridanas Mark
Brian Georgeas Pushpop
Patrick Cranshawas Pappy/Pippy
Stephen Spinellaas Chicken Man
Ever Carradineas Lisa
*Geoffrey Arend as Flipper Boy
*Beetlejuice as Lil' Zip
Matthew McGroryas Human Sasquatch
*Bonnie Morgan as Rubber Woman
Stacy Keibleras Working Girl
*Midajah McCullum O'Hearn as Red Hot
*Fabio as Gil
*Anthony Porter SR l
Jimmy Livingston is a boy born without an immune system. Because of this, he is forced to live in a bubble dome in his bedroom in
Palmdale, California, which has led students at a local high school to nickname him "Bubble Boy". Because of his condition, Jimmy's extremely religious mother forbids him to leave the bubble dome, only allowing him Highlights magazine and the "Land of the Lost" television show as recreation. When Jimmy discovers that a new girl, Chloe, has moved in next door, he is immediately taken with her. They immediately become fast friends, much to Mrs. Livingston's jealousy. They develope a close relationship with each other and Chloe tries to come into his bubble. Jimmy is too afraid and won't let her. One day, Chloe announces that she is leaving for Niagara Fallsto marry the boorish rock-star Mark. Jimmy becomes upset and demands that she leave. Furious and sad at the same time, Chloe leaves him a present and disappears. Jimmy opens the present to find it is a snow globe that says "I Love You". Overcome with guilt for having driven Chloe away, Jimmy builds a mobile bubble suit and sneaks off into the night, determined to stop the wedding.
Throughout his journey to Niagara Falls, Jimmy meets many zany and odd people, including the Bright and Shiny cult, The Dr. Phreak traveling sideshow circus, Slim the biker and his gang of motorcyclists, and Pushpop the Indian ice cream man. In the end, Jimmy stops the wedding and takes off his bubble suit so he can finally touch the girl he loves. Jimmy's mother confesses that Jimmy has had an immune system since he was four years old, but she hid this fact from him in order to keep him all to herself. Jimmy forgives her, then grabs Chloe and kisses her. Jimmy and Chloe get married with all of their new friends in attendance. Then, Pippy and Pappy drive the two of them to their honeymoon.
The film was criticized upon its release [ [http://uk.rottentomatoes.com/m/bubble_boy/ Bubble Boy Movie Reviews, Pictures - Rotten Tomatoes ] ] , partly because it makes light of a real-world condition, and partly because of the way religions are depicted. Some examples of the latter are: the bubble boy's mother, an extreme
Christianwho even has a cross shaped cookie cutter; the Hinduice cream man who attempts an atonement while a cow's carcass is repeatedly run over in front of his eyes; and the Bright and Shiny cult, which seems to parody the Heaven's Gate cult, as it involves castrationand being taken away by aliens.
*"Bubble Boy" features two different members of the
Howard SternWack Pack in supporting roles. Beetlejuice, who is probably the most prolific packer of all, plays the character Lil' Zip. The late, somewhat less known, but more mainstream Matthew McGrory, who was known as "Bigfoot" on the Stern show, plays a similarly named character, Human Sasquatch, in the movie.
*This feature was filmed using
Panavisioncameras, the type of motion picture film formatthat was used was Super 35 mm film. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0258470/technical]
*In the scene where Jimmy discovers the gift snowglobe that Chloe gives him and cries, downstairs his mother says "That nasty little slut left in just the nick of time!" The TV is on and you can see the "Bright and Shiny" cult dancing and singing across the stage.
Susan Hawkof and played Perris Waitress on this film.
* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0258470/ Bubble Boy at IMDB]
* [http://www.midnight-diamonds.com/bubbleboy Bright and Shiny - The Bubble Boy Fanlisting]
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