Bubby (Nicholas Hope) is a 35 year old man-child who has never left his home and has never been exposed to radio or television. His mother (Claire Benito) is fiercely protective and threatens him with the fear of polluted air to keep him from venturing outside. Bubby's only companions are a pet cat and the cockroaches in his tiny home, which he uses for "experiments". Bubby's long-lost dad returns home to meet the son he never knew and is appalled at what he finds. Tragedy strikes and Bubby is forced out into the world with very little language, money, or clothing. He manages to get by mimicking the world around him. Bubby is picked up by several people who try to help him. He comes in contact with really compassionate people and some equally cruel ones as well. His remarkable adventures include singing with a rock band and becoming a guardian angel to handicap people. Bubby embarks on a spiritual and social odyssey that will either transform the man-child into an adult or further destroy him. No more spoilers for me y'all.
Nothing I've read about this film prepared me for what I saw. I kept the review short because I want the potential viewer to be just as shocked and surprised as I was. This film was basically "Forrest Gump Goes To Hell". Both films have similar themes, a man-child thrust into the cruel world to make his own way but Bad Boy Bubby is much darker and twisted than Forrest Gump. I found myself laughing at some of the most bizzaro shit I've ever seen in a film, the director spared no expense in the shock value department. From an aesthetic point of view, the home Bubby shared with his Mom was so bleak....I could feel the walls closing in on me while I was watching, I was glad when he finally left that house. Great camerawork in the film as well. Nicholas Hope was highly convincing as Bubby, that man could not make me believe he is totally sane in real life, bravo! Claire Benito as Bubby's mom is truly terrifying...she makes the Joan Crawford portrayal in Mommie Dearest look like June Cleaver. The ending was a surprise and was a great ending to a great film. This film is peppered with strong themes such as incest, rape, nudity, and foul language and is not recommended for the faint of heart or the local cineplex dweller.
VERDICT: 4 Soul Claps
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