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‘Bio-Dome’

By Hal Hinson
Washington Post Staff Writer
January 12, 1996

 


Director:
Jason Bloom
Cast:
Pauly Shore;
Stephen Baldwin;
William Atherton;
Joey Adams;
Kylie Minogue
PG-13
Children under 13 should be accompanied by a parent


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Halfway into "Bio-Dome," the malodorous new comedy about a group of scientists whose experiment is spoiled by a pair of polluting intruders, a character complains that their mission has been turned into a "nonstop moronathon." Perhaps inadvertently, she has perfectly described the movie as well.

A spoof of eco-consciousness starring one-man toxic spill Pauly Shore, "Bio-Dome" offers a pants-load of poop and masturbation jokes, deviant innuendo and simian sight gags destined to gross out and offend just about everyone. All this, of course, is by design. Shore's brain is a cesspool where the most distressing things keep floating to the surface.

His character's name here is Bud, but his nickname is Squirrelly, and squirrelly is definitely what he is. In terms of IQ, he and his junior-college sidekick, Doyle (Stephen Baldwin, who plays "Dumbest" to Shore's "Dumber"), make the characters in "Bill and Ted" look like Watson and Holmes.

By accident, these mental pygmies bumble into the hermetically sealed dome where the head scientist (William Atherton, in another of his long series of appalling hairpieces) and his team have sealed themselves away for a year-long experiment. (The dopes think it's a mall.) Predictably, they turn this multimillion-dollar research project into a travesty, destroying in a matter of weeks what had taken years to create. In an attempt to redeem the irredeemable, the filmmakers—screenwriters Kip Koenig and Scott Marcano and director Jason Bloom—fix it so their characters finally see the light and learn to respect nature. Still, the question remains: Does nature respect them?

Bio-Dome is rated PG-13 and includes bizarre stuff of every imaginable kind.

   
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