"Jimmy, played by the hugely appealing Jake Gyllenhaal, is nothing but resourceful. Smitten with the girl next door, Chloe (Marley Shelton), he builds himself a portable bubble suit, runs away from home and hitchhikes across the country to stop her wedding in Niagara Falls. Gyllenhaal is fabulous as Jimmy, a charmed innocent who grew up viewing the world from a distance and inspires people with his purity and lack of cynicism.Once he leaves home in pursuit of love and experience, Jimmy could be an alien visiting Earth for the first time: Everything is new to him, wondrous and strange.This is a star-making performance: It's impossible not to respond to Gyllenhaal's sweetness, wide eyes and dazzling smile, or to imagine anyone whose looks or personality would be more perfectly suited to the role. Gyllenhaal, whose father, Stephen, is a filmmaker ("Losing Isaiah"), was also terrific in the undervalued "October Sky" but this time he gets to display his comic chops as well. Imagine Matt Damon's charisma crossed with Jim Carrey's comic daring."Bubble Boy" was directed by Blair Hayes, who cut his teeth on commercials and made the trailer for "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me." Hayes brings a wild visual imagination and a great sense of timing. He borrows a tad too much from "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" and "Edward Scissorhands," but this movie has a sweetness at its core that those films lacked -- not to mention the amazing Jake Gyllenhaal". Source: www.sfgate.com
Jake Gyllenhaal in Promotional Artwork and Publicity Stills from "Bubble Boy" (2001).