Blatant Bigotry with Phony Compassion
Release Date: August 24, 2001
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Swoosie
Kurtz, Marley Shelton, Danny
Trejo, & John Carroll Lynch
Audience: Teenagers & young adults
Director: Blair Hayes
Executive Producer: Eric McLeod
Producer: Beau Flynn
Writer: Cicno Paul, Ken Daurio &
Address Comments To:Michael Eisner, Chairman/CEO
The Walt Disney Company
(Buena Vista, Caravan, Hollywood, Miramax, & Touchstone Pictures)
Walt Disney Studios
500 South Buena Vista Street
Burbank, CA 91521
Underneath a sweet veneer, with a happy face ending, BUBBLE BOY is just such a Satanic allegory. Purposefully anti-Christian, the movie opens with little Jimmy being born from heaven with no immunities. He remembers the big bird (a nun with a funny hat) and an oversize crucifix as he gets wheeled down the hospital corridors.
After months in isolation, Jimmy is brought home to live in a bubble. His mother violently bakes him cookies in the shape of crosses, with INRI engraved on them, and in the shape of fish with Jesus’ name on them. When she bakes her cookies, she prays imprecatory prayers against the evil outside world.
She tells Jimmy she’s going to protect him from the outside world. She tells him that women are whores, and the outside world is evil. Her house is decorated with pictures of Reagan and Nixon. Thus, Jimmy's mom is the more than the archetypal Christian nutcase.
Jimmy dutifully goes along with all this home schooling until the beautiful Cleo moves in next door. He watches her wash the car in a provocative manner. Now a teenager, he gets an erection. His mother tells him to say the Pledge of Allegiance over and over until it goes away.
One day, Cleo decides to visit with Jimmy. He calls her the whore next door. She corrects him with a smile and says, “I’m not a whore, I’m a bitch.” Clearly she’s there to liberate him.
When she declares she’s going to get married a few years later, Jimmy builds a personal bubble and heads out across America to stop the wedding GRADUATE style.
On the way to Niagara Falls, Jimmy meets a cult which is waiting for the second coming of the Chosen One. This cult again is concerned with sexual purity. They dump him in the middle of the desert, only to try to find him again later. A vicious biker picks him up and introduces Jimmy to the sins of Las Vegas. After Las Vegas, Jimmy gets involved with a group of freaks led by a mean midget named Dr. Freak. Two of the freaks are an Orthodox Jew and his wife who are joined at the head in a sick bigoted joke. Next, Jimmy gets involved with a Hindu ice cream salesman who has a full breasted Hindu goddess on top of his ice cream van. The Hindu evangelist is brought low by hitting a holy cow with his van. All the crew of people now looking for Bubble Boy, including the biker, the freaks, his parents, and the cult members, run over the holy cow, splattering the Hindu time after time with blood.
Bubble Boy enters a female mud wrestling contest to win $500 so he can take a cab to Niagara Falls. The old cab driver dies at the wheel. Finally, Jimmy takes a plane. The pilot dies, and the plane crashes. Jimmy falls over the falls, breaks up the wedding, rips open his bubble, and finds out that his mother has been lying to him all these years. In the last scene, everyone is engaged in hippie debauchery, smiling and joyous.
As prescribed by the Satanic Bible, sex liberates Bubble Boy from the evil confines of Christianity. Like SOUTH PARK, this movie is purposefully offensive, but it is not an equal opportunity offender. Even with the anti-Semitism and anti-Hinduism, it is clear that the ultimate target is Christianity, Jesus Christ and the Word of God, the Bible. The acting, dialogue and story points are stupid, but, because of the nature of the mocking satire in the movie, this could be intentional. Regrettably, during the screening, the audience was laughing at all the bigoted jokes, especially the little children. And, the warm fuzzy ending captured everybody’s heart.
This movie is beyond offense. It is a heavy-handed, sophomoric attempt to spread cancer throughout the fabric of our culture, to make the good seem bad and the bad seem good, to laugh at all things righteous and to extol all things perverse. Regrettably, in the tradition of SOUTH PARK, AMERICAN PIE and THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT MARY, it may find an audience among the youth, the very people who should not see this movie.
As prescribed by the Satanic Bible, sex liberates Bubble Boy from the evil of Christianity. Like SOUTH PARK, this movie is purposefully offensive, but it is not an equal opportunity offender. Even with some anti-Semitism and anti-Hinduism, it is clear that the target is Christianity. The acting, dialogue and story points are stupid, but, because of the mocking satire in the movie, this could be intentional. This movie is a heavy-handed, sophomoric attempt to spread cancer throughout the fabric of our culture, to make the good seem bad and the bad seem good, to laugh at all things righteous and to extol all things perverse.