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|Directed by||Jason Bloom|
|Produced by||Bradley Jenkel
|Screenplay by||Adam Leff
|Story by||Kip Koenig
|Narrated by||Rodger Bumpass|
Joey Lauren Adams
|Music by||Andrew Gross|
|Cinematography||Phedon Papamichael, Jr.|
|Editing by||Christopher Greenbury|
|Running time||95 minutes|
Bio-Dome is a 1996 stoner comedy film directed by Jason Bloom. Bio-Dome was produced by Motion Picture Corporation of America on a budget of $15 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 $13,427,615 at the box office in North America. Bio-Dome was universally panned by mainstream critics, some of whom named it as their pick for worst films.
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 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 factory so Doyle can yet again use the bathroom.
- 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
- 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
- Andrew Joseph Rittner as party goer #142
The film was an overwhelming critical failure, universally panned by mainstream critics. Some critics even include the film on their lists of worst films.
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 three 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 (indicating "Overwhelming dislike") is shared with the 2003 film The Singing Forest, the 2005 film Chaos and the 2013 film Inappropriate Comedy. (Each of these films' scores is based on a sample of 10 or fewer reviews.)
In popular culture
- A rumor states that Bio-Dome was originally meant to be the third Bill & Ted film, but was reworked after the stars of that series declined to appear in it. Actor Alex Winter (who played Bill) has denied this.
- In a "News Flash" segment of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, "field reporter" Colin Mochrie explains the start of the mock disaster showing behind him on the green screen: "Apparently, at the revival house, they were showing Pauly Shore's Bio-Dome."
- Rees, Jasper (October 29, 2006). "Dude where's my guitar". The Times (London). Retrieved April 26, 2010. (subscription required)
- "Bio-Dome (1996)". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- "Bio-Dome (1996)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 21, 2010.
- "Worst-Reviewed Movies". Metacritic. CNET Networks Inc. Retrieved 2013-05-17.
- Sciretta, Peter. "Was Bill & Ted 3 Rewritten Into Bio-Dome?". slashfilm.com. Retrieved 20 September 2012.
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