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Still shot from the movie: Bubble Boy.

Bubble Boy

Jimmy (Jake Gyllenhaal), an older teen with immune deficiencies, spends his life locked in a series of tubes and bubbles strung throughout his suburban home. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: D
Violence: C-
Sexual Content: C
Language: C-
Drugs/Alcohol: C+
Run Time: 84
Theater Release: 24 Aug 2001
Video Release:
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Negative stereotypes of certain nationalities or religions are often seen in media. Do you think audiences find these stereotypes to be more tolerable when seen in a comedy? Does it make them any less destructive?

There has only been one “boy in a plastic bubble.” David Vetter suffered from a severe immune deficiency problem that took his life at the age of 12. Read about what the Immune Deficiency Foundation has stated regarding this movie at www.primaryimmune.org.

Interested in what people are saying about the movie? See our Big Picture article titled Hoping To Burst Disney’s Bubble, along with numerous reader responses.

While we have been unable to secure a copy to review, David Vetter’s story was portrayed in the television movie The Boy In The Plastic Bubble, starring John Travolta.

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