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.
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 ripped off Dumb and Dumber.
- Very poor acting from Joey Lauren Adams, Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin.
- Bud and Doyle are completely annoying and unlikable.
- Excessive use of substance abuse, toilet humor and sexual innuendos.
- A lot of other unfunny gags, including a scene where Bud and Doyle more or less molest 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 the scientists would have 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 plot hole is that the Bio-Dome somehow has a key inside the whole time to unlock a door to get out of the Bio-Dome; 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 very disturbing scene where a clown gets shot dead on live TV. The Nostalgia Critic interpreted it as the film trying to "kill" comedy.
- Unlikable characters with the exception of the head scientist of the Bio-Dome, who is the only character who is against our so-called "heroes" for destroying his dream project, but the audience is supposed to consider him a "villain", but we still see him as a hero.
- Wasted talents of William Atherton, Jack Black, and Kyle Gass.
- 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 original script was a more serious story about two slackers who accidentally get caught in a bio dome, and learn to cope and help the scientists.
- Harland Williams and Dana Gould auditioned for the lead roles.
- The movie is ranked at #5 of Doug Walker´s choice of the worst films he reviewed.