Bubble Boy Brouhaha

Real-life victims of immune-system disease are unamused by Disney's new gross-out comedy

Nobody would mistake Bubble Boy, the Disney Touchstone movie that opened last week, for high art. It's full of the tasteless humor and crude pratfalls that appeal to fifth-grade boys. Critics have called it a "gross-out comedy." But at least one boy was not amused. "I was just furious," says Jason Shuman, 10, of Sudbury, Mass. "I thought it was a movie that shouldn't have been out in the first place." No wonder. Like the film's hero, Jimmy Livingston, Jason suffers from an immune-system disorder that makes him highly susceptible to infections. And he and his family don't think the illness...

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