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Bad Boy Bubby

Bad Boy Bubby (1993)


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Release Date: Apr 26, 2005 Limited



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This Australian cult film draws extremely dark humor from the story of Bubby, a man who has spent the first 35 years of his life locked in a disgusting basement by his abusive, controlling mother. Having been taught that the outside air is poisonous and that leaving home is sinful, he only realizes the truth when his long-absent father returns to disrupt the already twisted family unit. A tragic confrontation follows, forcing Bubby into the real world. Knowing nothing about life, and undoubtedly

Apr 26, 2005

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You may not understand Bubby, but damn if you won't want to take him home with you -- if only for an hour or so.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source:

this dark satire-cum-parable (cling)wraps itself in a quirkily beautiful aesthetic that keeps us watching even when the material is at its most repellent or alarming.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The success of the film is largely due to the bravura performance by Hope.

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The miracle of casting; with Bad Boy Bubby, Rolf de Heer plucked Nicholas Hope from obscurity and gave him the role of his acting life

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A memorable, affecting and quietly exceptional tale

September 25, 2001 Full Review Source: Film Written Magazine
Film Written Magazine

Audience Reviews for Bad Boy Bubby

Bad Boy Buddy is like Being There without the beauty and The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser but with depravity - It's certainly more Josef Fritzl than Forrest Gump. Though, for all its depravity, disgustingly brutal, awkward and uncomfortable viewing, Bad Boy Buddy is absolutely brilliant. Never has a better argument against corruption been made and nothing is safe - Religion, education, government, fashion - It is all held responsible for societies problems - Buddy actually represents us all, everything is turned on its head but he is actually just like the rest of us. This leads to more uncomfortable viewing in a way but it is quick, witty, raw and has a fantastic Exploitation (or Ozploitation) style, making it a cult classic but also a very debatable film. The ending is quite touching too I thought, so it's worth reminding yourself, manure may stink but it does aid the growth of the rose. I thought it was a great film.
July 21, 2011

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Bad boy Bubby is a pretty disturbing film of non-social conditioning with severe reprocussions.

I have to be honest I found it hard to get past the first 10 minutes, I shut it off twice because of the cat scene, then I read a reveiw saying once you get past the first bit of the film, the theme moves forward,but you need to see the first 10 mins to set the storyline.

Defintiely a unique film, with an obvious low budget. There are some really good points and thought provoking moments and then there are the distrubing parts mentioned.

You'll have to make your own mind up on that one!
April 4, 2010

Super Reviewer

After being raised with no knowledge of the outside world in a fallout shelter by his abusive, mentally ill mother, middle-aged Bubby is suddenly released into a modern Australian society he can hardly comprehend, but must learn to fit into somehow. An interesting, relentlessly offbeat character study that, despite some disturbing incidents, emerges with a real affection for its subject.
August 1, 2009
Greg S

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I knew very little about this controversial film going in, but it worked out to my favor since it allowed me to experience shock with all defenses down.

There is something in this film to offend or disgust everyone, including myself. Highly disturbing but done very well. Bad Boy Bubby isn't a perfect film due to its loose structure, it tends to ramble and the director does manage to go a little overboard in some of his excesses, but it is a compelling, funny, occasionally moving and undeniably memorable experience.
July 11, 2008
El Hombre Invisible

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    1. Bubby: Pop get pizza for cat now.
    – Submitted by Sylvester K (20 months ago)
    1. Pop: What's the matter with you son? You've got a bit of a mental condition or somethin'?
    – Submitted by Sylvester K (20 months ago)
    1. Pop: Son! You can call me Pop.
    – Submitted by Sylvester K (20 months ago)
    1. Bubby: Well, if that's all there is... we're stuffed.
    – Submitted by Sylvester K (20 months ago)
    1. Bubby: Jesus can see everything I do... and he's going to beat me brainless!
    – Submitted by Sylvester K (20 months ago)
    1. Bubby: [to the cat] Sit Still!
    – Submitted by Sylvester K (20 months ago)
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