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Bubble Boy
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Directed By
Blair Hayes

Written By:
Ken Daurio, Cinco Paul

Jake Gyllenhaal, Swoosie Kurtz, Marley Shelton, Danny Trejo, John Carroll Lynch, Stephen Spinella, Verne Troyer, Dave Sheridan, Brian George, Patrick Cranshaw, Fabio

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Bubble Boy (2001)
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Movie Review by Zara
January 24th, 2007

500 DOLLARS!!!

After spending some time with relatives recently, I've discovered that my family is torn over deciding what constitutes "funny." Some are firm believers that the more oddball the better, preferring black comedy in the form of indie selections. Others go more the traditional route, opting for tried and true formulas with tired but reassuringly predictable punchlines. Both sides believe that the other side is stupid for liking the comedy movie selections that they do. Myself, I don't mind stupid comedies as long as they don't take themselves seriously. BUBBLE BOY most definitely does not take itself seriously.

The flick centers around Gyllenhaal's character Jimmy Livingston, a boy who was born without immunities and as a condition of such, must remain in a plastic bubble to protect him from germs. His mother is an uptight woman hell-bent on protecting him from the outside world, feeding him cookies in the shape of the cross and home schooling him and leading him to believe that Land of the Lost is the only show that airs on TV. When Jimmy develops a crush on the hot blonde girl that moves in next door, he begins to want to experience more of what's beyond his enclosed world. When the girl leaves to marry the stereotypical jerk, Jimmy constructs himself a travel-sized version of his hypo-allergenic world and heads out to stop the wedding.

Along the way he encounters a shiny, happy cult lead by romance novel cover model Fabio, an always brilliant Danny Trejo as an understanding biker and twin old geezers who have been arguing for 86 years over who stole whose seductively named girlfriend. Oh, and don't forget the circus freaks! What would a movie about a bubble boy be without some circus freaks! BUBBLE BOY is stupid humor, a comedy that never reaches for the stars because it knows it's never going to rise above toilet humor. It thrives on the fresh-faced Gyllenhaal, long before he was the angst king or future Hollywood heartthrob. You've got to hand it to the actor who will attack a role, no matter if it's one detailing the lovestruck gay cowboy or the lovestruck immunity deficient walking punchline.

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