Briefly, a group of people are sealed into a Bio-Dome which is supposed
to be a miniature self-sufficient ecology, sealed off from the outside world. One of these people is played by Pauly Shore
. Allegedly, Hilarity Ensues
In more detail: Bud Macintosh (Shore) and Doyle Johnson (Stephen Baldwin
) are your average slackers
, neither particularly bright, nor particularly attractive. Somehow they managed to get hot girlfriends, Monique and Jen (played respectively by Joey Lauren Adams
and Teresa Hill
). The two girls are very interested in environmental efforts and quite fed-up with the two slackers' indifference towards it.
While traveling in the Arizona desert, our not-too-bright duo discover the Bio-Dome. A group of scientists is about to be sealed inside for a year for research purposes. The duo decides it is a new mall and enters just before the building is sealed. Now the scientists have to endure the many ways the duo are destroying the environment within the Dome, while the lady scientists have just met their new stalkers. Not that the guys want to cheat on their girlfriends, they act as if flirting with any attractive woman is obligatory. Sleeping with her is not. Among the few actually named scientists is Dr. Petra von Kant (Kylie Minogue
The film was not a box office hit, earning only about $13,427,615 in the United States market, the 107th most successful film of its year. It was critically scorned as well. Besides major criticism at the time of its release, it is still well remembered enough for several critics and sites to list it among their least-favorite films.
Tropes Used in This Movie:
- Abusive Parents: In one flashback, Doyle's mom is seen drowning Bud to teach them how to hold their breath for several minutes at a time. Probably explains why they act like they're brain damaged.
- Affectionate Parody: Johnny Bravo did a spoof of this movie in one episode. Naturally, it turned out far better than its source material.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: See Very Loosely Based on a True Story below.
- Bi the Way: The protagonists, even though they never hit on any male character save for a brief moment with each other. Which would be assuming that they weren't going for cheap laughs.
- Black Comedy Rape: Probably among the most unfunny versions seen in media.
- Chaotic Stupid: Guess who.
- Childhood Brain Damage: There's a scene where one of the dumbasses' mothers is holding the other's head under water to teach them how to hold their breath for long periods of time.
- The Ditz: Both of the main characters.
- Green Aesop: A relatively subtle and intelligent one, & arguably the only subtle thing in the entire film.
- Hilarity Ensues ...allegedly.
- Hot Scientist: Dr. Petra von Kant.
- Idiot Houdini: Bud and Doyle.
- Jerkass: Again, Bud and Doyle.
- Karma Houdini: The "heroes" try to rape the female scientists. They are never punished for this.
- This seems to follow Bud & Doyle wherever they go, for none of their transgressions against anyone are brought to any justice.
- Leave the Camera Running: A whole chunk of the film is centered on our two "heroes" participating in insanely unfunny stuff that contributes absolutely nothing to the plot.
- Loud of War: Subverted when the police try to get the protagonists out of the dome by blasting Men Without Hats' "The Safety Dance". It doesn't work; it just means they have a rhythm as they fix the place up.
- In a shout out to the music video, it also causes a dancing midget to suddenly show up...
- The Nineties: Embarrassingly so. The fashion, the "loveable stoner slacker", the attitude towards women, the Totally Radical dialog...
- Panty Shot: When his girlfriend squats down to help Pauly Shore's character after he's been hit by the encyclopedia. It's so obvious it's almost definitely intended as Fanservice.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality : They break into the bio-dome, mess about with the scientist attempts at research, destroy the bio-dome itself and with it any attempt at gaining scientific insight by letting others inside after being told they couldn't leave for just such a reason, the sexual abuse of the two female scientists.....and we're supposed to root for them because they feel bad about it.
- Random Events Plot: Takes up most of the movie, which pretty much stems from entering the Biodome onwards.
- Sanity Slippage: Faulkner even grows a beard to show this happened to him after going missing.
- Stoner Flick
- Swallow the Key: One of the characters does this, swallowing the key to the biodome in order to keep the project going.
- Totally Radical: The main characters, again. After all, this is set in The Nineties.
- Even for the 90's, it was way over the top and unbelievable.
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: Several experiments were done with self sustained ecologies, but that's about it.
- Villain Protagonist: Most people see the main characters as this. Likewise, the Scientists are Hero Antagonists.
- Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Eventually the lead scientist does try to kill them... leaving the audience confused why this is supposed to be a bad thing.