Movie Roulette: Bio-Dome Review
Starring: Pauly Shore, Stephen Baldwin William Atherton, Kylie Minogue, Joey Lauren Adams
Directed by: Jason Bloom
Released in 1996 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Bud and Doyle are best friends with environmentally conscious girlfriends. In a totally unexpected screw-up, they find themselves locked up in the ‘Bio-Dome’ for a whole year. As the scientists had not prepared for them, they have to scramble to make sense of the situation to the press, and to prevent the group from destroying the entire multi-million dollar project. As you can guess, it really does not take long before things start to go wrong and the entire project is set up to fail. They really put the mental in environmental…
This is undoubtedly a movie that falls under the category of silly, or even stupid. A typical ’90’s comedy that most love to hate, if for nothing else but finding Pauly Shore on the cast list. So why did I add this to the “Movie Roulette”? Because I love it for what it is, and not for what it isn’t. You cannot make it more then it is or you lose the absolutely silly and hilarious movie that takes your right back into the ‘90’s. It’s not the greatest movie of all time, but I have enjoyed it over the years…many times over. I also simply adore the soundtrack. The movie also stars Kylie Minogue, who does a remarkable job. It was my first time seeing her act…and I liked it.
There is a notable cameo in the Earth Day scene, namely by Jack Black and Kyle Gass as ‘Tenacious D’ singing about trees. It is almost a blink and you will miss it type of cameo, but I absolutely love seeing the boys in there as I am a huge fan of ‘Tenacious D’!
I really enjoy the idea that the scientists try to prove, in just the span of a year, how to preserve our planet, without thinking of the aspect of chaos we see around us every day; without the pollution and the destruction. They want to start in a pristine environment and simply keep it that way, but that is not how the world is, or works. So drawing the comparison that Bud and Doyle represent the chaos on the planet is just a great idea. After wrecking the project they have a real chance to prove themselves to the world that yes, there is chaos, but also that, yes, it can be fixed by ingenuity, cleverness and creativity. That, to me, is the moral of the story. You cannot go and pretend things are not what they are, but you can try to fix the chaos there is and try to make it better for all involved.