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Directed by Jason Bloom
Produced by Bradley Jenkel
Brad Krevoy
Steven Stabler
Screenplay by Kip Koenig
Scott Marcano
Story by Adam Leff
Mitchell Peck
Jason Blumenthal
Starring Pauly Shore
Stephen Baldwin
William Atherton
Joey Lauren Adams
Teresa Hill
Rose McGowan
Kylie Minogue
Dara Tomanovich
Narrated by Rodger Bumpass
Music by Andrew Gross
Cinematography Phedon Papamichael, Jr.
Edited by Christopher Greenbury
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
  • January 12, 1996 (1996-01-12)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million
Box office $27,427,615

Bio-Dome is a 1996 American stoner comedy film directed by Jason Bloom. Bio-Dome was produced by Motion Picture Corporation of America on a budget of $10 million and was distributed theatrically by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

The plot of the film revolves around two clumsy, dim-witted slackers who, while on a road trip, look for a toilet stop in what they believe is a shopping mall, which in fact turns out to be a "bio-dome", a form of a closed ecological system in which five scientists are to be hermetically sealed for a year. The film has themes of environmentalism, combined with substance abuse, sexual innuendo, and toilet humor.

The film stars Stephen Baldwin and Pauly Shore, and has cameo appearances by celebrities such as Roger Clinton, Kylie Minogue, Patricia Hearst, and Rose McGowan. Jack Black and Kyle Gass first came to global attention in Bio-Dome in which they performed together as Tenacious D on-screen for the first time.[1]

The film grossed $27,427,615 at the box office in North America. Bio-Dome was widely panned by mainstream critics at the time, however, it has since developed a large, devoted following. It is now widely viewed as an irreverent classic of the "dumb" comedy genre.

On December 18, 2013, Stephen Baldwin appeared on Mancow Muller's radio/TV show, confirming that he is in talks with Pauly Shore about making a sequel to the film revolving around the children of their characters Bud and Doyle.


Bud "Squirrel" Macintosh and Doyle "Stubs" Johnson are best friends and live together in the same house. Their girlfriends, Monique and Jen, are environmentalists who ask Bud and Doyle to join them at an Earth Day event. The troublemakers, however, are not interested in picking up trash, so they fake an injury to Doyle's head in order to get out of the environmentalist gathering. Although they are sympathetic at first, their girlfriends eventually find out it is a trick and go to the Earth Day event without Bud and Doyle. Once there, they call the boys from a payphone to announce they'll be joining some hot guys from a swim team at a party down by a lake. Jealous, Bud and Doyle drive out to the lake, only to find there is no party, and they have been had.

On the way home, they drive by an area where scientist Dr. Noah Faulkner is about to seal his team into the "Bio-Dome" for a year without outside contact. Mistaking it for a mall and going inside to use the bathroom, they get sealed in along with the scientists. Dr. Leaky, the project's director outside the dome, discovers them and demands that they be kicked out. Faulkner refuses, claiming it would destroy the purpose of the experiment, so Bud and Doyle end up remaining. This proves a mistake, as Bud and Doyle begin acting like they did outside of the Dome, harming themselves and destroying many of the scientists' projects. The scientists remain silent, but they soon grow tired of the childish behavior and dump the boys into their desert environment section. After three days of being stuck in the desert environment, they discover a key in the lock of one of the windows and escape the Bio-Dome.

To impress their girlfriends with their newfound interest in the environment, Bud and Doyle organize a party at the Bio-Dome, but this only angers their girlfriends, who tell them they're destroying the Dome's experiment. After the party, Bud and Doyle try to make it up to their girlfriends by cleaning up all the trash, saving the Dome's environment, with the help of all the scientists. Faulkner, who has gone mad because of Bud and Doyle's antics, plans to blow up the Dome with homemade coconut bombs. He fails, but does blow open the Dome's door, allowing everyone to exit, considering the fiasco a success.

The film ends with Faulkner running off into the desert after climbing out the same window Bud and Doyle used to escape through earlier, while Bud, Doyle, and their girlfriends drive off toward a mysterious nuclear power plant so Doyle can yet again use the bathroom.



Produced on an estimated budget of $10 million,[2] Bio-Dome grossed $27,427,615 in North America.[3]

Bio-Dome has a rating of 5% on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 21 reviews.[4] Although Bio-Dome received very little praise, Pauly Shore's previous film Jury Duty received a 0% score.[5]

The film ties with four other films with the lowest aggregate score for a film in the database of Metacritic, a website which aggregates film reviews: As of May 2013, its score of 1/100 (indicating "Overwhelming dislike") is shared with the 2003 film The Singing Forest, the 2005 film Chaos the 2013 film Inappropriate Comedy and the 2014 film 10 rules for sleeping around.[6] (Each of these films' scores is based on a sample of 10 or fewer reviews.)

At the 1996 Golden Raspberry Awards, Shore co-won a Razzie Award for Worst Actor for his work in the film, tied with Tom Arnold for that actor's performances in Big Bully, Carpool and The Stupids.[7]


On December 18, 2013, Stephen Baldwin appeared on Mancow Muller's radio/TV show, confirming that he is in talks with Pauly Shore about making a sequel to the film revolving around the children of their characters Bud and Doyle. Baldwin had also stated that he gets recognized more for his role in Bio-Dome than any other film he has done thus far.

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  1. ^ Rees, Jasper (October 29, 2006). "Dude where's my guitar". The Times (London). Retrieved April 26, 2010.  (subscription required)
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  3. ^ "Bio-Dome (1996)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Bio-Dome (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 21, 2010. 
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  6. ^ "Worst-Reviewed Movies". Metacritic. CNET Networks Inc. Retrieved 2013-05-17. 
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