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Judd Apatow’s new comedy landed on Netflix on 1 April - and viewers are not impressed. You can check out the trailer here:
The pandemic-set flick, titled The Bubble, stars Karen Gillan, Leslie Mann, David Duchovny and Fred Armisen, and centres on actor Carol Cobb (Gillan) who starred in movie franchise Cliff Beasts.
Although having previously left the franchise to focus on other projects, Cobb is lured back in for the sixth sequel, which happens to be filmed amid the pandemic.
Cobb joins her cast-mates at a hotel in the English countryside to sit through a couple of weeks of quarantine before production kicks off, but the whole thing ends up becoming plagued by mishaps, both viral and otherwise.
The Bubble arrived on Netflix on 1 April and its critical reviews were not particularly glowing - the Independent said it was ‘fleetingly amusing but largely bad’, while the Hollywood Reporter branded it a ‘painfully unfunny parody of a pandemic film’. Ouch.
And it’s not just critics who were left disappointed, Netflix viewers have taken to social media to give their own opinions - and they did not hold back.
One person wrote: “Worst big budget movie ever made? The Bubble on Netflix. I’ve never been more p***ed about time wasted!”
Another commented: “Ever wished you had more hours in the day? Watch The Bubble on Netflix. It somehow manages to make two hours feel like four.”
While a third asked: “Um is this a comedy? I haven't laughed once in the first 30 minutes.”
Someone else tweeted: “While it had some funny moments, it's a 2-hour distraction, complete with unfunny, sometimes cringy writing, and just a bad satire overall. You're better off watching Don't Look Up, which is a much better satire on Netflix."
Even Apatow appears to be considering that The Bubble may have been a wrong move.
He told the Guardian: "It just ruins everything with storytelling! No one wants to watch Idris Elba do a new season of Luther wearing a mask. This is our nightmare as consumers.
“So I just thought: if I do it, I’ll do it 100 percent. Be dumb enough to try. Maybe I’ve done something people enjoy or maybe I’ve made a terrible mistake.”
You can find out for yourself which it is because The Bubble is streaming on Netflix now.