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|Directed by||Jason Bloom|
|Produced by||Bradley Jenkel
|Screenplay by||Kip Koenig
|Story by||Adam Leff
Joey Lauren Adams
|Narrated by||Rodger Bumpass|
|Music by||Andrew Gross|
|Cinematography||Phedon Papamichael, Jr.|
|Edited by||Christopher Greenbury|
|Box office||$13.4 million|
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.
The film grossed $27,427,615 at the box office in North America. Bio-Dome was widely panned by mainstream critics at the time.
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 (Shore) and Doyle "Stubs" Johnson (Baldwin) are best friends who live together in the same house. As the movie opens, Bud wins a round of Rock, Paper, Scissors and gets to hit Doyle in the head with a book. Soon after, their girlfriends Monique (Adams) and Jen (Hill), arrive to take the two boys to an Environmental Party when they discover the injured Doyle. Although they are sympathetic at first, the girls learn that the book was used to injure Doyle as an excuse to not go. Disgusted, the girls decide to exact revenge and call the boys from a payphone to announce they'll be joining some hot swim team guys 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.
Driving back home, they pass by the Bio-Dome, where scientist Dr. Noah Faulkner (Atherton) is about to seal his team in for a year without outside contact. Mistaking the Bio-Dome for a mall, Bud and Doyle go inside to use the bathroom, only to be sealed in along with the scientists. Dr. Leaky (Gibson), the project's investor, discovers them and demands that they be kicked out. Dr. Faulkner refuses, claiming it would destroy the purpose of the experiment, and so Bud and Doyle end up remaining. This proves to be a mistake, as Bud and Doyle continue their antics, harming themselves and destroying many of the scientists' projects. The scientists plead to Dr. Faulkner, but he only relents after the two find a secret stash of junk food and experiment with laughing gas. Bud and Doyle are then banished to the desert environment section and after three days of being stuck, they discover a key in the lock of one of the windows, which opens a back door, and they escape the Bio-Dome.
As Bud and Doyle are receiving a pizza delivery at the dome, they learn Jen and Monique are attending an environmental party with other men. In response, Bud and Doyle decide to outdo the party and hold one inside the Bio-Dome to win them back. The party backfires as it completely throws the experiment into chaos and Jen and Monique disavows the boys. As the two mull over what to do, the scientists prepare to exit out the desert through the door. Doyle intervenes and demands they all stay and restore the dome to full health, swallowing the key as a last resort. As the group gets a grip on the situation and begins to fix the dome, Dr. Faulkner, who had disappeared the night of the party, has gone insane and is starting plans to blow up the Dome with homemade coconut bombs. As Earth Day approaches, the team is successful in restoring the dome and on the night before the doors open again, Bud and Doyle discover Dr. Faulkner. He tells the two that he is rigging pyrotechnics for the door opening ceremony and gets them to help plant the bombs. Once Bud and Doyle are on their own with the bombs, they goof off with one of the coconuts and after a failed long pass, discover their explosive nature. They alert the others and try to exit the dome early, but the door cannot be opened until the clock hits zero, when the bombs will go off. Bud and Doyle run back into the dome to find Dr. Faulkner and get him to deactivate the bombs. They wind up finding him and through a chase and struggle, knock him out and use the remote to disable the coconuts.
The team gets ready to exit the now open door, but as they begin to walk out, Dr. Faulkner returns with one last coconut bomb, trips, and the bomb detonates at the entrance. It turns out everyone is ok with Bud and Doyle finally reuniting with Jen and Monique who are proud of what they have been able to achieve. As Bud, Doyle, Jen and Monique drive off, Doyle yet again has to use the bathroom and the car is seen driving toward a mysterious nuclear power plant. Dr. Faulkner, however, has escaped the dome (and the police trying to find him) through the desert window door, having retrieved the key Doyle swallowed, somehow.
- Pauly Shore as Bud "Squirrel" Macintosh
- Adam Weisman as young Bud
- Stephen Baldwin as Doyle "Stubs" Johnson
- Robbie Thibault, Jr. as young Doyle
- William Atherton as Dr. Noah Faulkner
- Joey Lauren Adams as Monique
- Teresa Hill as Jen
- Rose McGowan as Denise
- Kylie Minogue as Dr. Petra von Kant
- Dara Tomanovich as Mimi Simkins
- Henry Gibson as Dr. William Leaky
- Patricia Hearst as Mrs. Johnson
- Roger Clinton as Professor Bloom
- Taylor Negron as Russell
- Jeremy Jordan as Trent
- Channon Roe as Roach
- Trevor St. John as Parker
- Butch McCain as reporter Joachim West
- Ben McCain as news anchor Aries West
- Jack Black and Kyle Gass as Tenacious D
- Phil LaMarr and Paul Eiding as Assistants
- Phil Proctor as Axl
- Rodger Bumpass as Narrator
Bio-Dome has a rating of 5% on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, based on 21 reviews. Although Bio-Dome received very little praise, Pauly Shore's previous film Jury Duty received a 0% score.
The film ties with five 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 films 10 Rules for Sleeping Around and Not Cool. 
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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