Bubble Boy

Released 2002


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Blair Hayes
Bubble Boy is a 2001 comedy film directed by Blair Hayes. Jimmy Livingston (Jake Gyllenhaal) has no immune system and must live inside of a bubble. His only entertainment for his entire life has been issues of Highlights magazine and reruns of Land of the Lost. Jimmy's neighbor Chloe (Marley Shelton) has been in love with him ever since she moved in, but Jimmy is too afraid to get out of his bubble. Jimmy is about to miss his chance, as Chloe is moving to Niagra Falls and getting married to her boyfriend, Mark (Dave Sheridan). On their last day together, Chloe gives Jimmy a gift, but he refuses on the grounds that it could harm him. Chloe becomes upset at the refusal and storms off for the last time. Jimmy opens the gift and sees that it is a snowglobe with himself and Chloe inside and "I love you" written on it. Realizing he hurt the girl he loves, Jimmy constructs a portable bubble and breaks out of his house to find Chloe in Niagra Falls.moreless

Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    When it clicks, the picture should shock you into laughter -- enough to make you wish it were better and applaud its efforts anyway.

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times

    Bubble Boy simply has the gall to make light of one of the last untouchable left in America: disease.

  • 40

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    Seems bent on creating equal-opportunity offense to many groups, but more often than not is appalling simply for its silliness and lack of comedic control.

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Teen, Slapstick, Romantic Comedy, Medical, Coming of Age