The Bubble Boy

Take John Travolta’s 1970s TV tearjerker “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” on the road and you’ve got “The Bubble Boy” — no relation to the bubble-bursting “Seinfeld” character of the same name. Born without immunities and forced to live his life within the confines of a bubble-protected bedroom, Jimmy Livingston (Jake Gyllenhaal) builds a mobile “bubble suit” in order to escape the well-meaning but misguided attentions of his mother (Swoosie Kurtz) and make it across the country in time to intercept the Niagara Falls wedding of girl-next-door Chloe (Marley Shelton). Along the way, he collides headlong with middle America’s classic cast of freaks, bikers, rock stars and a cult (Ozzy Osbourne and Kid Rock have cameos) racing against the clock and his parents, who are determined to bring him back home.

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