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The Bubble | 2022 | R | – 6.6.10

content-ratingsWhy is “The Bubble” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “language throughout, sexual content, drug use and some violence.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a few sex scenes with partial nudity, several discussions of sex and references to sex, movie scenes with people fighting, shooting at dinosaurs with some movie blood seen, many arguments, and over 70 F-words and other strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.


As the cast and crew of a science fiction movie work within a group bubble required by the COVID-19 pandemic, the cast confronts issues with drugs and sex, as well as dinosaur encounters. With Karen Gillan, Iris Apatow, Fred Armisen, Maria Bakalova, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Pedro Pascal, Peter Serafinowicz and Guz Khan. Directed by Judd Apatow. [Running Time: 2:06]

The Bubble SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A woman wearing a bra (we see cleavage) lies under a shirtless man (we see his bare back) as he thrusts on top of her and they both grunt and gasp; she squeals and then shouts and the man says afterward that he never has an orgasm. A shirtless man stands behind a woman whose bare shoulders are visible and they are blocked by a fake rock ridge in a long shot, as they face the camera; the man thrusts and stops when they hear footsteps and they duck below the ridge. A man swallows an LSD dot and hallucinates a woman in a mirror telling him to “enter her” 30 times as she stretches out of the mirror and they kiss (sex is implied). A clothed woman lies on a bed with her hand holding a vibrator to her groin and we hear buzzing; her knee is bent and she slams her foot onto the bed, she screams and the scene ends.
 A man lays his palm on a woman’s upper chest briefly on a movie set. A man kisses a male technician in a green-screen hood and stuffed bra under his shirt because a female actor is absent. A man and a woman kiss in a helicopter.
 A man asks a woman to have sex with him and she says no; he then asks another man to have sex and the man says no. A man asks a woman to have sex and she says yes, if he meets her father and signs a long-term couple agreement; the man walks away. A man says two actors on a film shoot have STDs. A man says that his brother invented virtual sex in which a person uses a glove on his penis or “inside himself” and another person elsewhere uses an artificial hand to pleasure the first person. A man tells a woman that he is married and has children with five different women. A man states that he had sex with several women. A woman calls her boyfriend twice on FaceTime and finds another woman living with him in her own house; she cries the first time and screams in the second scene.
 A teen girl in a music video wears a crop-top sweatsuit (we see her bare abdomen) gyrates to music and shimmies, and at one point rides a man who is on all fours, like a horse. A man wearing trunks and a woman wearing a bikini are submerged in a swimming pool to the neck; they hug and swim away (we cannot see their bodies clearly). A shirtless man is seen wearing sweatpants in a couple of scenes and we see his bare abdomen, chest and back.

The Bubble VIOLENCE/GORE 6

 – A movie, “Cliff Beasts 6: Battle for Everest: Memories of a Requiem,” is a sequel shot during a pandemic and everything is contained in a “bubble” environment; the movie features several CGI flying T-Rexes that swoop toward people and screech, grab a man and drop him off-screen, grab a man and pierce his body with a claw in close-up to spurt a lot of blood and then tear the man to bits in a long shot where we see more spurting blood and body parts falling. The camera cuts to a green screen several times where we see actors hanging from cables; in one scene, three men and two women hanging from cables loudly vomit yellowish material on one another and we hear they have the flu and must be quarantined for two weeks; in another scene, we see a fake corpse that looks like a scarecrow, a flying T-Rex chews something loudly in the distance, flies into the air and drops a one-eyed fake-looking head onto the corpse. A scene features men and women shooting rifles and flamethrowers at T-Rexes that are flying at night in a lightning storm; we hear a lot of shouting and animal screeching as flames shoot at and around the animals, one flame engulfing the crotch of a T-Rex ( the genitals look like a tentacled jellyfish that dissolves), and the creature explodes into a fireball.
 A man high on cocaine (please see the Substance Use category for more details) collapses on the floor as another man administers NARCAN, two men take turns hitting his chest, a man gives him a shot of Adrenalin for a peanut allergy, they put him into a bathtub of ice and remove him, and another man uses a defibrillator on him; he appears dead, but a woman stabs a huge hypodermic needle with unknown medicine in it into his heart, and he revives.
 A woman runs from a hotel on roller skates and a man on the roof shoots her in the hand, removing the fingers and leaving a bloody length of flesh as the woman gets up from where she fell and screams; we later see her with a robotic hand and she punches a man with her other hand. Two teen girls fist fight, punching each other in the head hard enough to make the other one fall; thy continue punching, kicking, and shoving each other for several seconds as men and women onlookers shout (one girl has a bloody nose). Two men fight with punches, kicks and shoving without injuries. Two men practice fighting moves for a movie, but in a later scene, the fight becomes real; the second man kicks the first man, grabs him by the groin, and throws him down, punching his head (no blood is visible). A man with a padded arm is attacked by a dog that snarls and rips the padding off. A woman shouts as a large hawk lands on her padded arm. A man shoots an arrow into the palm of another man, pinning him to a tree, and we see some blood as the victim shouts. A woman is hit in the face with a soccer ball, but we see no injury. On a TV screen, a woman stabs a man in the throat and we hear a crunch but see no blood, and then she hits him in the face with a metal object, dropping him below the frame. In a hotel, a man hugs a woman, but two men in Hazmat suits tackle him and pull him out of the frame. A man swinging on a cable falls into a large tent, but is not injured. On a movie screen, a large flying saucer with lights flies overhead at night, shoots rays at the ground, and causes smoke to rise. Actors steal a helicopter and figure out how to fly it away to freedom by using a YouTube tutorial.
 A woman pours lighter fluid onto a laptop and lights it on fire, burning the keyboard and she later says she burned down an office. A woman falls out of a second story window, but is unharmed. A man places small GPS monitors on men’s and women’s backs and when a man refuses to wear one, two other men tackle him and force it onto him. A woman uses social media to tell the public that actors are being held against their will to make movies they did not agree to make.
 A man tells another man, “Actors will rip your [anatomical term deleted] off.” A preteen boy on a phone screen tells his mother that his father said she had left them for dead. A man says 30 actors have the flu and the cast and film crew are quarantined for two weeks. An actor hears that her grandmother died, but the producers will not let her to leave the set. Two men argue several times. Different pairs of women argue briefly a few times. Several arguments happen for several seconds. A woman screams at her ex-boyfriend on a computer screen. A woman screams at the sky. A teen girl screams at a ceiling. A woman tells a man she will send elephants to trample his house and his children.
 Several men and women have nose swabs done for COVID-19 and grunt and wince in pain. A man at a cafe table picks his nose (we do not see debris). A man with his back to the camera vomits loudly into a toilet and while we see no goo, he calls another man into the washroom and flatulates loudly as the second man shouts. A teen and four adults dance with a baby dinosaur, shaking their hips, and a large flying T-Rex flies down and roars at a woman who urinates in her pants (we hear and see the stream hit the ground). While actors are maskless, crew members are in protective masks and face shields.

The Bubble LANGUAGE 10

 – About 74 F-words and its derivatives, 1 obscene hand gesture, 6 sexual references, 24 scatological terms, 37 anatomical terms, 30 mild obscenities, name-calling (idiot, crazy, weird, creepy, freak, liar, devil, quitter, stupid, silly, little girl, dirty hippy, nerds, clowns, old, hack, monster, poser, whiny, spoiled, Baby Boomer, Bucko, Mr. Sundance, Cimino), exclamations (shut-up, crikey, wow, whoo, whoa), 4 religious profanities (GD), 27 religious exclamations (e.g. oh my God, God, Jesus, sweet Jesus in a basket, Jesus [F-word deleted] Christ, [F-word deleted] Jesus Christ, Holy [scatological term deleted]). | profanity glossary |

The Bubble SUBSTANCE USE

 – An actor asks if he can smoke weed in his room and a producer tells him no, a man on a phone orders marijuana to be delivered through his window by drone (we never see it), a man swallows an LSD dot and hallucinates a woman in a mirror, a woman tells a man that he “used to be addicted to Meth,” and several men and women snort multiple lines of cocaine at a hotel and a man snorts it from another man’s bald head and they become hyperactive and make a dancing video. We see a row of clear liquor bottles on a table as a woman takes a mouthful of a Martini and spits it into another glass, men and women in a bar hold cocktails and a man and a woman sip their drinks, two men sip wine, a man sips from a glass of whiskey, and two teen girls drink Mimosas one morning.

The Bubble DISCUSSION TOPICS

 – Pandemics, preventative group bubbles, moviemaking, problems in the movie industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, cast squabbles and rivalries, deception, honesty, overworking people, drug abuse, sex addiction, divorce, capitalism, fake GoFundMe accounts, platitudes.

The Bubble MESSAGE

 – The COVID-19 pandemic was obstructive to the movie industry and actors, but some bubbles of cast and crew came to feel like family.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

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