Bio-Dome is a 1996 American "comedy" film directed by Jason Bloom. Bio-Dome was produced by Motion Picture Corporation of America with a budget of $15 million and was distributed theatrically by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. It was inspired by the University of Arizona's BioSphere 2.
The film stars Stephen Baldwin and Pauly Shore, and has 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 $13.4 million at the box office in North America. Bio-Dome was universally panned by mainstream critics and is considered to be one of the worst films of all-time.
The plot of the film revolves around two clumsy, dim-witted slackers named Bud and Doyle, who, while on a road trip, look for a toilet stop in what they believe to be 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.
Why It Sucks
- It's a rip-off of Dumb & Dumber, with the main characters sounding and acting like failed prototypes of Harry Dunne and Lloyd Christmas.
- Very poor acting from Pauly Shore, Stephen Baldwin and Joey Lauren Adams.
- Unlikable characters, especially the main protagonists Bud and Doyle.
- Excessive use of substance abuse, toilet humor and sexual innuendos. For example, one of the female scientists is named "Petra Von Kant", whose last name is pronounced like a certain rude word.
- A lot of unfunny gags, including a scene where Bud and Doyle rape two female scientists while they're sleeping.
- The whole plot could have been avoided if the scientists had just kicked Bud and Doyle out of the titular Bio-Dome as soon as they broke in. Sure, they would've had to restart the clock as soon as they kicked them out, but at least there would've been no property damage to the Bio-Dome. Plus, the clock barely even started so they could easily restart the clock!
- A major plothole is that the Bio-Dome somehow has a key inside the whole time that unlocks an emergency exit. Why the scientists never tell Bud and Doyle about this is never even explained and it also defeats the purpose of the dome being sealed off because it means that Bud and Doyle could've gotten out the whole time.
- There's a disturbing scene where a clown gets shot dead on live TV.
- The soundtrack is pretty good, especially Fourth Grade Nothing's "Adirectional".
- Tenacious D's brief appearance is probably the sole highlight of the entire movie.
- The head scientist is the only likable character, as he is against the so-called "heroes" for destroying his dream project, but the audience is supposed to consider him a "villain".
- The original script was a more serious story about two slackers who accidentally get caught in a bio-dome and learn to cope with and help the scientists.
- Harland Williams and Dana Gould auditioned for the lead roles.
- Kylie Minogue has claimed that this film is the only thing she's ever done that her father ridicules her for.