Despite the film being highly anticipated, it did not receive as much acclaim and positive reviews as expected.
The Bubble is a comedy film directed by Judd Apatow. The film is about the cast and crew of a blockbuster action franchise, who attempt to shoot a sequel while quarantined at a posh hotel where they get up to no good.
The film premiered on April 1, 2022, on Netflix. It has a star-studded cast including Karen Gillan, Iris Apatow, Fred Armisen, Maria Bakalova, David Duchovny, Keegan-Michael Key, Leslie Mann, Kate McKinnon, Pedro Pascal, Guz Khan, and Peter Serafinowicz. Despite the film being highly anticipated, it received mostly negative reviews. Here's what you need to know about the film:
The film takes place at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic when film studios tried to continue working on film projects in a bubble. It starts with Carol Cobb, an actress whose problematic role in a film almost caused the end of her career. She had earlier been a part of the Cliff Beasts action film franchise that had a cult following. She gets asked to reprise her role in the next installment and agrees to act in it, hoping to do some damage control. But she fears her co-stars from the franchise may dislike her for disagreeing to be a part of the previous installment.
Before the film, everyone has to self-quarantine and this proves to be a challenge for Carol who almost loses her mind. After the mandatory quarantining, much to Carol's surprise her co-stars, Dustin, Howie, and Sean, receive her warmly enough. The cast also includes Lauren, who is still bitter about Carol's departure, Dieter a veteran actor, and Krystal, a TikTok sensation. The shoot begins for Cliff Beasts 6: Battle for Everest: Memories of a Requiem.
As the shoot begins, the cast and crew face a ton of obstacles to overcome. Howie becomes paranoid during a meditation session and quits the movie, Krystal gets into trouble online for her behavior that gets her "canceled," and then the cast catches the virus. Despite their illness, the cast is asked to show up at work. But they end up vomiting on the sets of the film and are then sent to quarantine again. At this time, Carol's boyfriend breaks up with her, and she almost ends up having a fling with a married footballer. On top of this, she soon realizes that she barely has any lines in the film. She confides in Darren who takes it up with the higher-ups but this only ends up backfiring.
Lauren is tired of being holed up in the hotel and tries to escape but her arm gets blown off by the security guard. Carol is infuriated at how they are treated and decides to organize the cast to fight for their rights.
One night, the cast gathers to party together and consume drugs. They share their problems on the set as well their personal problems. This helps them bond. They then decide to shoot a TikTok video with Krystal when Dieter collapses because of all the drugs. Everyone comes together to try and help him and he is revived by his romantic interest, Anika, further solidifying their relationship. This makes Carol realize that their teamwork is back and she proposes an escape plan. They are to sneak out of the hotel as they shot the climax and Dustin creates a distraction.
The plan is in motion when revelations are made. A crew member who Krystal had grown close to reveals herself as a mole of the production company who was sent to keep an eye on the cast. This causes a violent clash between the two girls that end up being live-streamed. Carol almost gets cornered by the security guards but is rescued by Howie. The cast makes it to the helipad somehow and Sean is supposed to fly them out. After much trouble, he manages to take the cast to their freedom.
Two years later, a documentary titled Beasts of the Bubble is released about the shenanigans the cast of the film of the sixth Cliff Beasts film was up to. The film ends up being a hit and even though Carol is villainized, she is proud of it. There is an overall happy ending as the cast and crew members are all seen having a good time.