*Warning: Major spoilers ahead.*
Initially, the concept for Netflix's new comedy, The Bubble, excited me. Judd Apatow (the man behind The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Funny People and more) wrote and directed this movie about a group of actors trying to make a blockbuster film during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic, and he recruited some of Hollywood's best-known comics (Leslie Mann, Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Armisen, Kate McKinnon) to lead the cast.
While the plot already sounded promising, Apatow also pulled out his best tricks for The Bubble, which is now streaming on Netflix. In addition to the star-studded leads, there's nearly just as many famous cameos, from John Cena (who plays a lackadaisical stunt coordinator) to Benedict Cumberbatch (who appears as a drug-induced vision). Apatow even turned to his own family for part of the casting, including Mann, as well as his daughter, Iris (and after the buzz his other daughter, Maude, generated on Euphoria, it's likely that Iris will draw some attention as well).
Due to The Bubble's headline-worthy cast and topical jokes, I'm confident it will only be a matter of time before this movie flies to the top of Netflix's most-watched movies list. However, despite all these draws, The Bubble is ultimately not worth the hype. Keep reading my full review to find out why.