Slackers Bud and Doyle mistakenly get sucked into living inside the Bio-Dome — an environmental experiment that requires them to stay for a year.

Year: 1996
Certificate: 12
Director: Jason Bloom
Starring: Stephen Baldwin, Pauly Shore, William Atherton, Kylie Minogue, Denise Y. Dowse, Dara Tomanovich, Kevin West, Joey Lauren Adams, Teresa Hill, Patricia Hearst

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A few weeks ago I posted about the “I Saw That Years Ago” podcast and the other week I was a special guest on the show. I was asked to choose a film to watch that I’ve not seen for many years and it was a tie-up between “Bio-Dome” and “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey“. I chose the former because I didn’t think I’d be able to cope if Bogus Journey wasn’t as good as I remembered.

Bio-Dome is a ‘comedy’ about two slackers, Bud and Doyle,who miraculously have the most beautiful girlfriends on earth. Their girlfriends also happen to be very keen on saving the planet and regularly attend ‘save the earth’ style gatherings. The fun begins when Bud and Doyle inadvertently end up being trapped in an ecological experiment for a year much to everyone’s surprise; including the team of scientists that have spent years preparing for it.

I would love to say that hilarity ensues, but sadly it doesn’t. There are some amusing moments such as the flashbacks to Bud and Doyle’s youth, but these are few and far between. The slapstick doesn’t really work very well and it seems quite forced and a lot of the main characters’ lines also don’t seem to flow or feel natural.

The underlying theme of the film is will these two slackers be able to turn their lives around and actually help in the Bio-Dome. The actual story is pretty good potential it’s just not very well executed… This film meant a lot to me when I was a student – it was one we kept coming back to and it didn’t need any thought (or sobriety) to watch. However, over time it’s clear that my tastes have changed. So if you really have nothing better to do then, by all means, go ahead and watch it. But you’ve been warned…

Anyway, if you want to hear Martyn Darkly, Gentleman Joe and myself discussing this in more details then check out I Saw That Years Ago – Episode 44 (or hit the play button below):


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