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The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Worthwhile tale of adolescence and difference.

Movie NR 1976 100 minutes
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age 9+

Based on 1 parent review

age 9+

A sad movie

Sex 3/5 Language 1/5 Violence 2/5 Drugs alcohol and smoking 2/3

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Travolta certainly attacks his part with gusto; even if this movie reeks of after-school special, his wide grin has movie star written all over it. THE BOY IN THE PLASTIC BUBBLE was a huge hit when it aired on network television in 1976, solidifying young Travolta's reputation as a mega star. The movie's fame endured, even inspiring a Seinfeld episode where the gang goes on a wacky journey to visit a bubble boy. Whatever its original goofy charm, the movie hasn't aged terribly well. One 13-year-old viewer ridiculed Travolta's performance and found the story and acting "too melodramatic."

By the movie's second half, this teen was closely following the story. She really liked the scene where Todd goes to school in his "space suit" because it was "just so embarrassing." That's the thing: Whatever its over-the-top elements, the story has an odd way of sneaking up and hooking you.

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