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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

  • Release date:August 23, 2001


Jake Gyllenhaal
as Jimmy Livingston
Swoosie Kurtz
as Mrs. Livingston
Marley Shelton
as Chloe
Danny Trejo
as Slim
John Carroll Lynch
as Mr. Livingston
Stephen Spinella
as Chicken Man
Verne Troyer
as Dr. Phreak
Ryan Sheridan
as Mark
Brian George
as Pushpak
Patrick Cranshaw
as Pappy/Pippy
Ever Carradine
as Mark's Sister
Geoffrey Arend
as Flipper Boy
Matthew McGrory
as Human Sasquatch
Bonnie Morgan
as Rubber Woman
Jason Sklar
as Shlomo
Randy Sklar
as Dawn
as Gil
Ping Wu
as Emcee
Zach Galifianakis
as Bus Stop Man
Boti Ann Bliss
as Cashier


Blair Hayes
Beau Flynn
Cinco Paul
Ken Daurio
John Ottman
Composer (Music Score)
Seth Arnett