“Bubble Boy” is a coming-of-age comedy following the life of Jimmy Livingston, (Jake Gyllenhaal), a young man born without immunities and raised in a manufactured world provided by his well-intentioned but misguided mother (Swoosie Kurtz). But when Jimmy realizes that he’s in love with Chloe (Marley Shelton), the girl next door, he has no choice but to build a mobile bubble suit, and set off across the country to Niagara Falls, to stop Chloe’s wedding and confess his love for her. Along the way, he crosses paths with freaks, bikers, rock stars, and a cult, racing against the clock and his parents, who are determined to bring Jimmy back to the safety of his home.
Jake Gyllenhaal gives a nice performance as the gentle, innocent Jimmy. But the film is full of political incorrectness, making sure it insults as many people as possible, from side show “freaks” to people of faith. Few groups go unscathed. But perhaps its greatest offense is that it really isn’t very funny. Once Jimmy is on the road, the major humor stems from the bubble wrapped young man being bumped into the air by fast moving vehicles. The rest of the gags are either insensitive, tasteless or in need of a rewrite.