Bad Boy Bubby (2005)


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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Rolf de Heer
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On DVD: Apr 26, 2005
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Critic Reviews for Bad Boy Bubby

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 24, 2009
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | December 3, 2003
L.A. Weekly
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Full Review… | September 25, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

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.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Bad Boy Bubby

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!

Lady D'arbanville

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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.

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.

El Hombre Invisible

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