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Bubble Boy 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. When he finds out that the woman he has loved...

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This is F'n hilarious. I forgotten how good it was because its been forever since I've seen it. If you haven't seen this movie please do you won't regret it.
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Much-maligned by critics, audiences, and the Immune Deficiency Foundation Bubble Boy tells the story of Jimmy Livingston. Jimmy (Jake Gyllenhaal) has spent his entire childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood living inside a sterile bubble environment due to an altogether non-existent immune system. Jimmy's tale is a light-hearted, wacky comedic race across the country to the girl he loves and away from his stifling mother. Jimmy makes this treacherous trek inside a bubble suit he designed and along the way, in typical fashion; he stumbles into various misadventures and crosses paths with an honestly banal assortment of colorful characters.

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"Ya see, Bubble Boy! This is how you smile to the bitches!"

Words cannot explain how bad this movie is. Caught it on STARZ and I still feel ripped off. It tried to be a PeeWee-ish movie, but it lacked one important detail...

TIM BURTON

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There's no explaining the painful horror of this movie. A huge mistake for someone as talented as Jake Gyllenhaal. And a huge mistake for everyone and ANYONE involved.
Sweet god.. I need a Drink.
This movie was okay. It was kind of cute in a dorky way. I think the only reason I laughed was because it was so stupid. lol
Well, I think I should just change my categories to the names of the men I love as it seems to be the way things are going here. I can't help it, I love to look at men! Why I picked this movie to discover or uncover that fact, I'll never know. How sad that I profess to love these men as if they were a defining factor in my life, my best friends and lovers who are around me all the time! Of course, with 50+ movie channels, there's always someone around to talk to me. Keanu's on now, although I missed the scene where he's naked. I might as well change the channel. Sigh.

Bubble Boy was a fun movie. I didn't think I would like it but it grew on me. Besides the fact that I think Jake is just sooo cute (I just turned 39, ain't it sad?), it did have funny moments! And I just read on the main page someone wrote that it reminded her of Pee Wee and it does have that child like humor to it. But in the end, it reminds you to be nice to everyone. What more could you ask for?

Jake in his underroos
Best in Show: Jake Gyllenhaal
One for the future: Jake Gyllenhaal
Stand-out scene: Exchange with bloke in bus booth
Brainer or no-brainer: No brainer
Stands up to one viewing or repeated?: One
DVD commentary any good?: n/a

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I was astounded to discover that this movie was made the same year as Donnie Darko when Jake Gyllenhaal was 21! In it he's called upon to portray a teenager born without immunities and living his life encased in a plastic bubble in his bedroom. His overbearing mom panders to his every whim, buying him everything a mollycoddled young boy could want. When he catches sight of the girl next door however, the crush he develops soon turns into full-blown devotion. Leaving the confines of his room encased in a mini bubble (which he presumably constructed himself) he embarks on a cross country trip to Niagara to stop the girl next door from marrying another man. The movie then becomes a road trip in which he is helped in his quest by a series of disparate people (members of a religious cult; a Mexican biker; members of a freakshow; a Sikh ice-cream seller - surely the result of a bout of late night cheese-eating by the screenwriter!). Mercifully over in an hour and 18 minutes this was a PG-13 in the States despite the graphic 'pitching a tent' scene. Obviously a Pee-Wee wannabe (Adventure rather than Big Top) this flopped as badly as its close cousin North, and its not difficult to see why.
Bubble Boy is an adorable little movie, not to be taken seriously. It plays around with it's characters, making caricatures of them all. It's a really sweet movie at the core and some of its funniest humor is very subtle.
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