- 1 hr 28 min
Bio-Dome is a 1996 comedy film directed by Jason Bloom and starring Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin. The movie also features William Atherton, who plays Dr. Faulkner, a scientist who built an eco-dome and is conducting an experiment to see if humans can sustain life inside the dome. The movie was produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and released on January 12, 1996. The story revolves around Bud and Doyle (played by Shore and Baldwin), two aimless slackers who stumble into the bio-dome while looking for a bathroom. Once inside, they accidentally get locked in and are forced to live inside the dome for a year with four scientists who are conducting research on the environment. The film's premise is a parody of the biosphere experiments conducted in the late 1980s and early 1990s, in which people were sealed inside a closed environment to see if they could survive without outside assistance. The movie takes a comedic approach to the concept, featuring some over-the-top characters and situations. Throughout the movie, Bud and Doyle struggle to adapt to life inside the dome, constantly wreaking havoc and causing chaos for the scientists. They also clash with the other inhabitants of the dome, including two female scientists and a pair of bees that they accidentally release from their containment. The film is filled with physical comedy, slapstick humor, and plenty of gags throughout. Shore and Baldwin play off each other well, with Shore's signature delivery style and Baldwin's deadpan humor creating a unique dynamic. As the year progresses, Bud and Doyle eventually learn to appreciate the importance of environmentalism and take an interest in the scientists' research. Meanwhile, the scientists must come up with a way to keep the dome functioning as the outside world begins to view the experiment as a failure. Bio-Dome was generally panned by critics upon its release and has since become something of a cult classic. Despite its critical reception, the movie is known for its absurd humor and quotable lines, making it a favorite among many fans of the comedy genre. In terms of its production, Bio-Dome was filmed on location in Tucson, Arizona, where a real-life biosphere experiment had previously been conducted. The dome used in the movie was constructed specifically for the film, and many of the interior shots were filmed on a soundstage. Overall, Bio-Dome is a lighthearted comedy that doesn't take itself too seriously. While it may not be for everyone, fans of Pauly Shore's particular brand of humor will likely find it to be an enjoyable and memorable film.