On the surface, Bubble Boy is weird and a little bit offensive.
Jimmy has lived his whole life in a literal bubble. Having been told by his mother that he has no immune system, he’s lived a very sheltered life inside of his home. His cute (blond) neighbor, Chloe, befriends him, and reveals to him that she’s engaged to be married in Niagara Falls. Determined to stop the wedding and confess his love, he travels across the country in a homemade bubble suit to stop the wedding.
Underneath the absurdity is a story about a mother who doesn’t want to lose their child. It’s a story about adventure and experiencing life. It’s about taking risks for true love. And it’s laced with early 2000s questionable humor.
Jake Gyllenhaal (yes, the same Jake Gyllenhaal from Donnie Darko and Brokeback Mountain) does a great job performing as the lovable, goofy, weirdo underdog. His hair is on point the entire movie, and you can’t help but root for him.
I might have nostalgia goggles on for this movie. My dad quotes this movie all the time, especially when something is $500. It’s so bad, it’s good. And if you don’t like dumb movies, you might want to skip this one.
You can check this movie out on Hoopla with your Batavia Public Library card.