Bubble Boy

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"Life is an adventure. Don't blow it."
  • PG-13
  • 2001
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 5.7  (34,824)
  • 41

Bubble Boy is a 2001 American comedy film directed by Blair Hayes and starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Swoosie Kurtz, and Marley Shelton. The movie tells the story of Jimmy Livingston, a young man who has spent his entire life inside a protective bubble due to a rare immune system disorder that makes him extremely vulnerable to germs and bacteria.

Despite being confined to his bubble, Jimmy is a happy and optimistic person who dreams of exploring the world and falling in love. When he discovers that the girl he has been in love with since childhood, Chloe, is about to marry the wrong man, he decides to break free from his bubble and embark on a cross-country journey to stop the wedding and win her heart.

Jimmy's journey is filled with a series of humorous and bizarre encounters with a diverse range of eccentric characters, from a religious cult led by Kurtz's character, Mrs. Livingston, to a motorcycle gang led by a tough girl named Slim. Along the way, Jimmy must confront his fears and learn to navigate the complexities of the outside world while also trying to win Chloe's affection.

At its core, Bubble Boy is a heartwarming and uplifting story about the power of love and the importance of breaking out of our comfort zones to pursue our dreams. Gyllenhaal delivers a charming and endearing performance as Jimmy, perfectly capturing his infectious enthusiasm and childlike wonder.

The supporting cast also shines, with Kurtz stealing scenes as the overbearing and eccentric Mrs. Livingston, and Shelton adding depth and complexity to her portrayal of Chloe. The film's humor is both irreverent and quirky, with a mix of physical comedy and absurdist humor that keeps the audience laughing throughout.

Bubble Boy was heavily criticized upon its release for its insensitive portrayal of people with disabilities, with many critics accusing the film of making light of serious health conditions. However, others defended the film's message of optimism and perseverance in the face of adversity, arguing that it was ultimately a feel-good movie with a positive message.

Despite the controversy surrounding its subject matter, Bubble Boy has developed a cult following over the years, with many viewers embracing its quirky charm and offbeat humor. While it may not be for everyone, those who are willing to suspend their disbelief and go along for the ride are sure to find themselves charmed by Jimmy's infectious enthusiasm and the film's unique blend of humor and heart.

Bubble Boy is a 2001 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 24 minutes. It has received mostly poor reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.7 and a MetaScore of 41.

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    5.7  (34,824)
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