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Bubble Boy (2001)

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Bubble Boy's been in a bubble all his life due to no immune system. A cute blonde girl befriends BB. Her boyfriend proposes and BB decides to travel across USA to Niagara Falls to stop the wedding.

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Blair Hayes
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Jimmy Livingston
Swoosie Kurtz ... Mrs. Livingston
Marley Shelton ... Chloe
Danny Trejo ... Slim
John Carroll Lynch ... Mr. Livingston
Verne Troyer ... Dr. Phreak
Dave Sheridan ... Mark
Brian George ... Pushpop
Patrick Cranshaw ... Pappy / Pippy
Stephen Spinella ... Chicken Man
Ever Carradine ... Lisa, Mark's Sister
Geoffrey Arend ... Flipper Boy
Beetlejuice ... Li'l Zip
Matthew McGrory ... Human Sasquatch
Bonnie Morgan ... Rubber Woman
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Storyline

A young man who was born without an immune system and has lived his life within a plastic bubble in his bedroom finds out that the woman he has loved since childhood is about to be married at Niagara Falls, so he builds a portable bubble suit and ventures into the outside world to win her affections. Written by Anonymous

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A journey of 2,755.8 miles begins with a single bounce. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and crude sexual humor | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bubble Boy See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,038,349, 26 August 2001

Gross USA:

$5,007,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,007,898
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The bubble suit was specifically designed to make Jake Gyllenhaal continually fall over. The tumbles he takes are not scripted. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Bubble Boy is making his escape from home, he rolls down the stairs and bounces into the living room. In this shot you can clearly see another layer of the clear bubble material encasing/suspending him for protection during the stunt. In the very next shot, this layer is gone and the bubble moves freely around him. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy: Pappy told me about Poon
[bang]
Jimmy: , but he never said anything about Poonanny, Pippy.
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Crazy Credits

In memory of Simau Puluti, 1954 - 2000. See more »

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Referenced in The Simpsons: Eternal Moonshine of the Simpson Mind (2007) See more »

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Havin' a Bad Day
Written by Derek Coile
Performed by Blue Flannel
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Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Not as Dumb as it Looks
24 November 2004 | by dr_mookieSee all my reviews

When I rented it, I was expecting to be disappointed. What a shock! An awesome film with a delightfully goofy plot. I did not find it offensive in any reagrd. In fact, I disagree with those who have called the film "stupid" or "dumb" or void of any real social commentary. In a nutshell, Almost everyone Jimmy encounters on his adventure is trapped in their own self imposed bubble. Truth is, we all find ways to insulate ourselves from the world, and impose "Bubbles" to convince ourselves of non-existent limitations that prevent us from being and doing what we want. The film's irony and beauty lies in the fact that while Jimmy's bubble is the most obvious, he is the free-est character in the film. He refuses to accept the limitations of his bubble, and will follow his heart no matter what the cost. How many of us can look in the mirror and say the same about ourselves? Well worth the cost of rental. One of the least recognized film jewels of the century so far.


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