Bubble Boy [DVD] [2001]

Bubble Boy is Touchstone's comedic tale of a boy without any natural immunity to disease and his germ-proof bubble environment. Touchstone's Bubble Boy DVD is anything but sterile, however, providing a fertile variety of special features. In the film, "Bubble Boy" Jake Gyllenhaal constructs a portable bubble suit in order to travel through an unfamiliar world and try to reclaim the woman (Marley Shelton) he loves. Gyllenhaal and director Blair Hayes provide a commentary track as one of the DVD's special features. There is also a "director's diary" feature, which has Hayes ruminating during the filming of various scenes. Other extras include a feature on how the bubble suit was designed, a production design gallery, a look at the storyboards of a certain sequence, and a "bright and shiny" singalong (watch the movie, it'll make sense). The DVD presents the film in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound and a widescreen version in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio enhanced for 16x9 televisions.
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100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4 out of 4)

Special Features

  • Director's Diary
  • Building a Better Bubble Suit
  • Production Design Gallery
  • Storyboards: Niagara Falls
  • Bright and Shiny Singalong
  • Audio commentary with director Blair Hayes and actor Jake Gyllenhaal
  • French and Spanish subtitles
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound
  • Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions


Bubble Boy
Jake Gyllenhaal, the young star of the critically well-received October Sky (1999), follows up that film with this offbeat comedy. Gyllenhaal stars as Jimmy Livingston, a teenager with an immune system deficiency who has spent his entire life living in a plastic bubble under the doting, overprotective care of his mother (Swoosie Kurtz). Jimmy is in love with his next-door neighbor Chloe (Marley Shelton), so when he learns that she has left for Niagara Falls in order to be married, he's devastated. He quickly assembles a portable "bubble suit" and sets out on a 2,755.8-mile odyssey in order to stop her and proclaim his affection. Along the way, Jimmy experiences a number of adventures, including encounters with freaks, bikers, rock stars, and a cult. Bubble Boy is a comic riff on the classic TV movie The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976), which starred a young John Travolta. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jake Gyllenhaal
    Jake Gyllenhaal - Jimmy Livingston
  • Swoosie Kurtz
    Swoosie Kurtz - Mrs. Livingston
  • Marley Shelton
    Marley Shelton - Chloe
  • Danny Trejo
    Danny Trejo - Slim
  • John Carroll Lynch
    John Carroll Lynch - Mr. Livingston

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Comedic Farce

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    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I caught part of Bubble Boy on a cable channel and decided I wanted to see it in its entirety. I ordered it from Best Buy and was delighted with this purchase. I like sarcastic, tongue in cheek parody comedy and this movie fit the bill. It is a nice escape from reality. Swoosie Kurtz gives new meaning to overprotective mother and Jake Gyllenhaal plays his part as the overprotected, naive Bubble Boy well. This film is full of well known actors playing funny cameo roles. If you like whimisical humor that is very loosely rooted in reality, I suggest purchasing Bubble Boy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


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    I think one of Jake gillenhauls best movies, this is a play on the travolta movie boy in a bubble. This movie is def funny and a great spoof. his mom doesnt want him to ever leave so she says he is sick and has no immunities! "NO GERMS, FROZEN"

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Bubble Boy is hilariously stupid!

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    Bubble Boy should be a horrible movie... But it's one of those rarities that, for whatever reason, is just a huge win! See Jake Gyllenhaal right before he became an A-Lister... If you're looking for an easy, funny & goofy movie, look no further!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So funny

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    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    Further proof of how versatile Jake Gyllenhaal is. This movie is hysterical.

    I would recommend this to a friend

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