Jake Gyllenhaal (Jimmy Livingston)
Swoosie Kurtz (Mrs. Livingston)
Marley Shelton (Chloe)
Danny Trejo (Slim)
John Carroll Lynch (Mr. Livingston)
Verne Troyer (Dr. Phreak)
Ever Carradine (Mark's Sister)
Dave Sheridan (Mark)
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When I first saw the trailer for "Bubble Boy", it
had Farrelly Brothers written all over it. I mean--come
on--the film is one big joking play on the entire immune
deficient community. Alas, the Farrelly Brothers had
nothing to do with this film--they actually had the wisdom and
insight to realize this movie was too terrible on which to
waste their time. Now, don't get me wrong--there are a
few funny moments in "Bubble Boy", but not nearly
enough to make this a worthwhile effort.
film tells the story of Jimmy (Jake Gyllenhaal from
"October Sky"), a boy who has spent his entire life
inside a plastic bubble because he suffers from an immune
system deficiency. One day, however, Jimmy constructs a
mobile bubble and sets off for Niagra Falls to stop the
wedding of his childhood sweetheart (Marley Shelton) who is
marrying another man over the New York landmark. Along
the way he encounters a number of odd, yet helpful
individuals. To an extent, "Bubble Boy" is
exactly like "Bingo", except the lovable canine from
the latter is replaced by Gyllenhall, who looks a little too
much like Jason Biggs.
There are cameos abound in this comedy, including: Kid
Rock, the late Joe-C, Verne Troyer, Fabio, and Swoosie Kurtz
as Bubble Boy's mother. I guess first time director
Blair Hayes (he directed the "Austin Powers 2" trailer
that took a poke at the "Star Wars" films) thought
just enough star power would evaporate the weak script and
absurd plotline. His idea failed.
"Bubble Boy" is the kind of film that will offend
most people, annoy a good majority, and please only a few--the
same few that found films like "Saving
Silverman" and "Tomcats" enjoyable.
The humor caters to the lowest level and the only genuinely
funny performance comes from Verne Troyer in his short time in
the film. I kept waiting for that one hilarious scene
that would keep me reeling throughout the rest of the film,
but I never got it. All I got was the feeling that I
could have used my $6.50 to watch "O"
a second time.
you're in the mood for "Boy In the Plastic Bubble"
meets "Me, Myself, and Irene", then this is the film
for you. "Bubble Boy" is truly one of the
worst films of the year, even though I did laugh a little.
This one is not worth the ticket price and definitely not
worth the time.
Ray ( 3 out of 4 pops )
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