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Bad Boy Bubby 1994

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This Australian cult film draws extremely dark humor from the story of Bubby, a man who has spent the first 35 years of his life locked in a disgusting basement by his abusive, controlling mother. Having been taught that the outside air is poisonous and that leaving home is sinful, he only realizes the truth when his long-absent father returns to disrupt the already twisted family unit. A tragic confrontation follows, forcing Bubby into the real world. Knowing nothing about life, and undoubtedly suffering from mental disturbance, he stumbles about the city, speaking in a rambling monologue made up mainly of overheard phrases. His behavior is interpreted in different ways by the people he encounters: some think him insane, while others equate his strange speech and erratic behavior with brilliance. The edgy lead performance by Nicholas Hope is key to the film's success, managing to make Bubby a figure that is both sympathetic and at times quite frightening.~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

Starring:
Nicholas Hope, Carmel Johnson
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DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Nicholas Hope, Carmel Johnson, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill
Director Rolf de Heer
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 23 April 2007
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 52 minutes
Starring Nicholas Hope, Carmel Johnson, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill
Director Rolf de Heer
Genres Comedy, Drama
Studio EUREKA ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 3 August 2009
Main languages English

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Format: DVD
I wanted to switch it off after 20 minutes but please bear with it. I'm not easily offended, but the slow opening scenes of cruelty and incest were nearly too much. It's about a simple man called "Bubby," held captive by his deranged mother in a room for his entire life of 35 years. He only knows his mother, his poor cat and the four, filthy walls of the room. His absent father turns up unexpectedly and Bubby's world is turned upside down.

I don't want to say much else as it will ruin it. But I must say that any film where a person robs a petrol station with a dead cat must be viewed. If you are religious avoid this, as its underlying message is that "it is our duty to think god out of existence" and that "we are merely just a bunch of complicated atoms that don't live or die, just change shape or form."

This film will make you cry with laughter, writhe with disgust and above all consider life, religion and society. A true cult classic with a good moral message and by far the best film I've ever seen.
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Format: Blu-ray
This film was on channel 4 (uk) a couple of years after it came out, as part of their 'extreme' season. I can't remember any of the others but for some reason I recorded bubby and am so glad I did. It came out at a similar time to mike leighs 'naked', and for me overtook it in terms of its optimism for us.
Both brilliant films, naked shows johnny as a conscious social parasite, whereas bubby is naive in the extreme on his quest to fill the next hour. I didn't see forrest gump until 2000, and as soon as it started all I could think of was bubby. Gump and bubby (and yes chauncy gardner) are thrown into a world that has no want or need for them, and by random actions become celebrities through no fault of their own. Gump and bubby are the same person, except gump lives in a nicer post code. They learn through their mothers and repeat their lessons. Their fates are out of their tiny minds, and they're the better for that. Both bear sons and settle with a family, outcomes unthinkable at the start of each film.
These two are anti anti heroes, kicking against a system they have no idea exists. They break rules they have no knowledge of, rules imposed and followed by those not questioning them, which is a total bummer, man. I've just read this and realised I haven't told you a thing about either film. Buy me a pint and i'll tell you all about it. I don't own the blu-ray three-disc "perfect until the next format comes out" (dam you gil bates, you cockpuncher) version yet but:

a) I'm about to go and buy it, and
b) so should you.
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Format: VHS Tape
...That's not a joke. This is possibly one of the best films ever made. In the UK (or US) Hardly anybody has heard of it...In Australia (A country renowned for filmmaker who think outside the box) -people sit in pubs and quote bits as we Brits may quote parts from 'the life of Brian' (or something equally ingrained into our pop-culture).
It's no suprise really that this isn't a film that's recieved the recognition it deserves. For a start there's the the title 'Bad Boy Bubby'...You'd expect something idiotic and trashy...Blood?..Chainsaws?...low production values? stupidity? ...No...This is about as considered and well crafted as film making can get.
The film is a beautifully crafted, intelligent and eloquent 'essay' on quite number of taboos that we quietly have to deal with everyday-yet simply don't find reflected back at us by the screen (And for very obvious reasons)
For a start...Dont watch this film if you're religious! (Please...I'm afraid you will simply find it offensive)...for those of you that aren't religious...consider the implications that, having watched the film- why it's film that has been 'quietly tucked away'...and realise that it's quite a few years yet before the importance and significance of the movie will be 'palatable' to the mainstream. (If ever!...and that's not an understatement...the film very simply puts a number of things our 'culture' takes for granted into a certain persective...and naturally...there's a lot of people who'd really rather not think it.)
If you dont want to think about the possibly that severely disabled people need to fall in love. Dont watch this film.
If you have spent your life laughing at fat people...or pushing as much of your own personal hatred and anger onto others...don't watch this film...
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Isn't it fitting that, on the same week that Lars Von Trier's "Antichrist" was passed uncut for viewing in the UK by the BBFC, that a super-deluxe version of Rolf De Heer's "Bad Boy Bubby" was announced by those scions of excellence, Eureka. The reason for this is perfectly clear : Both movies push the boundaries of Taste to a region scarcely visited by man and Cinema Afficionado. Strange that this film comes from a country who's view of stringent censorship borders on the fanatical sometimes, but there you go.

The movie tells the story of Bubby (Nicholas Hope), a 35 year-old man who has never set foot outside mother Claire Benito's house thanks to her informing him that poisonous and noxious vapours fill the air outside. Shades of the Victorian's fear of "Night Air" perhaps? Regardless, Bubby's father (Ralph Cotteril) returns after many years of absence and Bubby falls out of favour with mom - He is cast into the outside World for the first time and finds himself in an X-Rated version of Hal Ashby's "Being There", without the satirical elements about failing upwards. Oh, and did I mention it's a Black Comedy filled with incest, violence and animal cruelty? Rolf Harris does not approve.

So it's a film exclusively for those who seek out upset on purpose, really. You could live your Life quite happily without ever having seeing it, but for those who LIKE obscenity well, you've hit the motherlode with this one. And what's more, Eureka really justify re-issuing the film with this package. It's "future-proofed", as it consists of 3 discs which contain 3 different formats of the film... Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Copy. Hence, you can buy this pack safe in the knowledge that no matter what hardware you own, you'll be able to watch and/or upgrade later (VHS Lovers were not available for comment). So, you can't complain, simple as that. Please.
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