Bubble Boy

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Bubble Boy (Touchstone Movie)

“Bubble Boy” is a comedy film released in 2001, directed by Blair Hayes and produced by Touchstone Pictures. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jimmy Livingston, a young man born with an immune system deficiency that requires him to live in a protective plastic bubble. Sheltered from the outside world by his overprotective mother (played by Swoosie Kurtz), Jimmy has never experienced life beyond his plastic bubble.

However, when he learns that the love of his life, Chloe (played by Marley Shelton), is about to get married to another man in Niagara Falls, Jimmy decides to embark on a cross-country journey to stop the wedding and confess his feelings for her. Determined to prove that he can live life outside the bubble, Jimmy constructs a portable mobile bubble and sets off on his adventure.

Throughout his journey, Jimmy encounters a series of eccentric and hilarious characters, each of whom adds their unique flavor to the comedic escapades. From a biker gang to a religious cult, Jimmy’s encounters are filled with comedic mishaps and misunderstandings.

“Bubble Boy” is a satire on the concept of overprotection and explores themes of self-discovery and embracing life’s challenges. It combines elements of road trip movies and romantic comedies, creating a heartwarming and laugh-out-loud funny story.

The film received mixed reviews upon its release, with some critics praising its humor and quirky premise, while others found it to be overly silly. However, “Bubble Boy” has gained a cult following over the years, appreciated for its absurdity and Jake Gyllenhaal’s charismatic performance.

“Bubble Boy” remains a fun and entertaining comedy that showcases Jake Gyllenhaal’s early talent and willingness to embrace unconventional roles. Its blend of humor, romance, and bizarre situations makes it an enjoyable watch for fans of offbeat comedies.

Additional Details


  • Jake Gyllenhaal: Jimmy Livingston
  • Swoosie Kurtz: Mrs. Livingston
  • Marley Shelton: Chloe
  • Danny Trejo: Slim
  • John Carroll Lynch: Mr. Livingston
  • Verne Troyer: Dr. Phreak
  • Dave Sheridan: Mark
  • Brian George: Pushpop
  • Patrick Cranshaw: Pappy/Pippy
  • Ever Carradine: Lisa
  • Beetlejuice: Lil’ Zip
  • Fabio Lanzoni: Gil
  • Zach Galifianakis: Bus Stop Man
  • Arden Myrin: Lorraine
  • Pablo Schreiber: Todd


  • Director: Blair Hayes
  • Producers: Beau Flynn
  • Writers: Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio

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