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Bubble Boy [DVD]
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VINE VOICEon 5 August 2008
I watched this film last night with my two sons and we all thoroughly enjoyed it, laughing out loud at regular intervals.

It revolves around Jimmy, played by Jake Gyllenhaal, who was born without any immune system, brought home by his mother from hospital and kept in a large plastic bubble for his own protection. When the film opens he appears to be a normal well-adjusted teenager, playing guitar and larking around. However, he has been dubiously home-schooled by his religeously fanatical mother who fills his head with all manner of strange and warped information about other cultures and, most particularly, girls. As he has never left his bubble, and his father never seems to speak, he has no other point of view to disprove his mother so is in blissful ignorance. He thinks he has everything he needs to be happy, until he sees his attractive, new next-door neighbour, Chloe.

Jimmy and Chloe strike up a strange but warm friendship, despite the restrictions of the bubble and Jimmy's mother's insistance of calling his new friend the 'dirty whore next door'. But their relationship can only go so far, in view of Jimmy's condition, so (as she can't have Jimmy) Chloe finds an unsuitable boyfriend and plans a wedding at Niagra Falls.

This is the spark that ignites Jimmy who realises that he can't lose the love of his life. So he does what any boy with no immune system would do. He builds himself a portable bubble suit and sets off to find Chloe and stop the wedding.

But Jimmy has never been out of the house before and the clueless teen is convinced that Niagra Falls is just a short bus ride away. He couldn't be more wrong and this is the point where the film comes alive as Jimmy stumbles from one strange band of brothers to another, from the back of a motorbike to a train full of circus freaks, meeting all manner of different people from different cultures along the way. He slowly realises that, not only is the world a big and diverse place, but his mother may not have been totally honest with him.

This is essentially a road movie/love story. It's 'The Jerk' meets 'The Blues Brothers'. The performance of Gyllenhaal is energetic and we genuinely care about his predicament. But he is supported by an excellent cast which includes Swoosie Kurtz (recently seen in ITV's Pushing Daisies) as his misguided mother. There is also a great little cameo from Verne Troyer as Dr. Threak, the heartless owner of the circus freaks.

There is one genuine moment of comic timing to rival Delboy Trotter falling through the open bar in that wine bar and it's when Jimmy walks out in his bubble suit for the first time. He has never seen a road before or a bus for that matter and when one comes towards him at speed the impact is just about the funniest thing I have seen in a long time. We stopped the DVD, rewound and watched it again and it was still just as funny the second time.

This is a recommended film for older children and adults who are still young at heart. Miserable old cynics should avoid at all costs.
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on 17 December 2009
This film caused some controversy when released,as it was not shy to touch on politically sensitive issues such as religious extremism, or physical deformity of many different kinds. If you take this as a light-hearted film,then it should not cause offence. Jake Gyllenhaal appears a few years before his star really rose in Brokeback Mountain ,and puts in a good performance here. Swoosie Kurtz plays the mother of the boy in a bubble, and is at times endearing,at times repulsive.You find yourself laughing at things that may offend sensitive viewers, such as the scene where Swoosie Kurtz is baking cookies for her son,and stamps her crucifix-shaped cookie cutter into the dough. Politically incorrect,but funny. The film has a varied cast,to say the least. The acting is good, production values good, but this is not a film destined to be selected by the Library of Congress for preservation. This release features several fun extras,such as an informative short on the design & construction of the bubble costume,and cast comments and out takes from the movie.
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on 8 March 2013
This is a young person's film with young humour, and very stereotypically American - deliberately. So put aside your judgements and opinions, let your hair down for some innocent childish fun. If you are a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal, you may find this hard to swallow at first, but you soon just can't help laughing along with him, and reveling in his joy for life and enjoying the amusing facial expressions Jake can pull! By the end of the film (and it's a good end - I was laughing and crying at the same time) you will be in love with Jake all over again. This film really cheered me up when I felt stressed and low. Just watching Jake smiling and laughing all through the film is highly contagious - excuse the pun ;-)
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on 17 July 2013
I'm a huge Jake fan and have seen a lot of the different films he appears in. This one i would say is the comedic one. He is actually rather funny in this and should do more comedies as he really shines in this.

It does have a lot of gross out moments but its silly harmless fun.
I would totally recommend this film
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on 29 September 2017
Funny movie!!
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on 20 January 2015
The kids loved it, which justified why I revisited it after so many years. A hidden gem.
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on 28 January 2016
A good dvd
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on 29 January 2014
A 21 years old funny Jake Gyllenhaal plays a freak boy in this funny comedy!
I would surely recommend it!
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on 28 April 2015
So so Funny - highly recommend!!
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on 14 March 2015
Present for my 23 year old granddaughter who watched it as a child and remembers it well!
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