Bubble

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This rigorously stripped down, seemingly mundane little film still manages to be engrossing and creepy.

71%

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Steven Soderbergh followed up his slick, star-studded sequel, Ocean's Twelve, with Bubble, a small-town drama about workers in a doll factory, played by a cast of unknowns. Martha (Debbie Doebereiner) seems to have acclimated herself to a very simple life. She works at the factory, where she eats lunch with a younger co-worker, Kyle (Dustin Ashley), and goes home to take care of her elderly father. Her routine is disrupted when an attractive young woman, Rose (Misty Wilkins), is hired at the factory to help them with the holiday rush. Rose soon tells the others that she's eager to leave their town, where there is "nothing to do." She immediately attracts Kyle's attention. One night, Rose asks Martha to baby-sit for her two-year-old daughter while she goes out on a date. Martha is startled to learn that her date is with Kyle. When Rose returns home that night, she's greeted by her angry ex-boyfriend, Jake (K. Smith), who accuses her of stealing from him. Martha looks on while Rose and Jake have a heated confrontation. The next morning, one of the characters is found murdered, and a detective (played by Decker Moody) begins to investigate. Bubble was written by Coleman Hough, who also scripted Soderbergh's Full Frontal. It was shown at the 2005 New York Film Festival, presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. ~ Josh Ralske, Rovi

Cast

Omar Cowan
as Martha's Dad
Laurie Lee
as Kyle's Mother
Decker Moody
as Detective Don
Steve Deem
as Pawn Shop Owner
Daniel R. Christian
as Factory Supervisor
Terrence V. Williams II
as Officer Williams
Thomas R. Davis
as Officer Davis
Terrence B. Williams II
as Officer Williams
Scott Smeeks
as Officer Smeeks
Dawn Hall
as Nail Shop Owner
Katherine Beaumier
as Hairdresser
Joyce Brookhart
as Martha's Neice
Amanda Massey
as Waitress
Adam C. Anderson
as Officer Anderson
Jeffrey R. Morris
as Officer Morris
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Audience Reviews for Bubble

  • Jul 05, 2012
    "Another Steven Soderbergh Experience" Bubble is a film that won't be appreciated by your friends. You know, the people who watch two types of movies; either stupid comedies with Will Farrell or Adam Sandler or dumb action movies like The Fast and the Furious. Bubble is one of Steven Soderbergh's experiments and a fascinating one at that. When Soderbergh does a movie like this; it brings to mind only one other filmmaker. That would be Gus Van Sant. They both can successfully take random people who aren't actors and throw them into a movie, eliminate all the gimmicks of standard filmmaking, and make a movie that is extremely real. Bubble is like Van Sant's Paranoid Park. Both if which are amazing. Bubble is set in a shitty Ohio town; just slightly worse then the one I have to look at every day. The movie centers around three characters who work at a doll factory. When the new girl, Rose goes out on a date with an fellow employee, she leaves another worker, Martha, to babysit her daughter. The date goes good and she is dropped off at home, where her ex barges in saying she stole from him. From there it is a small time crime mystery that is about more then just a murder. The story is excellently told with little excitement, just like it would be in real life. It's a simple movie with a delicate touch. The actors are real people using real dialogue, and less acting and more just going about their day. The only music in the movie is during little scenes where we watch a character do something, and the music is as simple as some chords played on an acoustic guitar. The film is also extremely short at 73 minutes, which plays right into the style and simpleness of the film itself. You have to really like experimental, art films to like this one. It surely isn't for everyone, but if you are a fan of Soderbergh and experimental films in general, you can't go wrong here. It's a truly excellent little movie that proves that Soderbergh is more than an average director(although he already proved that many times over), and that he is an artist and visionary. Movies like Bubble explain why Soderbergh is one of my favorite directors around at the moment.
    Melvin W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2012
    Coming off the heels of Ocean's Twelve, Steven Soderbergh opted for something different with this little indie gem. This movie did something rather unprecedented by being released in theaters and on demand the same day, and then straight to DVD just a few days later. Why? I dunno. It's kinda cool though. That's not the only unconventional aspect of this production though. This is the story of three employees at a doll factory in a small midwestern town. They live simple lives, barely scrape by, and slowly find themselves shaken out of their comfortable world when their routines change just a bit, especially in the case of one of them. That's pretty much it, really. There's not much of a plot, and where there is, doesn't really come about until about 60 minutes into this 73 minute picture. There's no script, with the dialogue being improvised based off of an outline, and the actors are all local non professionals who use their own houses (clothes (I'm guessing), and kids. Soderbergh also acts as his own DP and editor, using various synonyms, although this isn't anything new for him. The film is all about a sense of realism and authenticity, but I think it might get a little too real times. It's not a documentary, but it really feels that way, though somewhat stylized just a bit. This is a quiet, almost eerie look into the ordinary and mundane lives of average citizens, and...it's pretty good. Yeah, it is rather slow and uneventful, but this is basically what it would be like if reality TV were, you know, real. I liked this movie, but I think I respect it more. Despite not much going on, it is kinda unnerving. The end is a little bit rushed, but it does get somewhat fixed thanks to a deleted scene. Overall though, I applaud the performers for being so trusting, and I likewise give many props to Soderbergh for the nuanced way he paints these people. I say people instead of characters because it really feels like the most realistic thing I've ever seen. This is definitely some very indie and artsy stuff, so if you're not into that side of Soderbergh's work, then skip it. If you dig this side of him, or it just sounds intriguing in general, then yeah, give it a look.
    Chris W Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    As much respect for Steven Soderbergh as I have, I cannot give "Bubble" a positive rating. The film is dull, pointless, and slow. Sure, I can understand the whole "improvisational" technique that Soderbergh was taking and I find it clever. It's perfectly fine that he's taking a chance at something. But "Bubble" is sub-par compared to other the selections in his filmography. It's interesting at times, but definitely is not the kind of film you want to watch more than once. It's that kind of film that you watch simply to say that you've "watched" it.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Apr 23, 2011
    Bubble is a movie directed by Steven Soderbergh. It was shot on high-definition video and was made for a relatively small budget of $1.6 million. It also featured some unusual production aspects. In traditional terms, the movie has no script. All lines were improvised according to an outline written by screenwriter Coleman Hough, who previously teamed with Soderbergh on Full Frontal. Bubble was also shot and edited by Soderbergh under the pseudonyms Peter Andrews and Mary Ann Bernard, respectively. The film utilizes non-professional actors recruited from the Parkersburg, West Virginia / Belpre, Ohio area where the film was shot. Lead Debbie Doebereiner was found working the drive-through window in a Parkersburg KFC, for example.Tottaly experimental, this movie leaves a strange taste in your mouth after watch it.
    Andre T Super Reviewer

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