Every movie reference and franchise-it mocks

Warning! SPOILERS to Bubbles.

Judd Apatows Bubbles is filled with meta-references to iconic movies while mocking a number of modern franchises through its Easter eggs. As a movie-in-a-movie premise, Bubbless plot points draw from many real-life experiences with footage of major franchise films at the height of the pandemic. Not only does Bubblesthe angle of the pandemic bubble led to a mockery of franchise star personalities, but the actual fake movie that the characters record, Cliff Beasts 6is a parodic combination of popular sci-fi and action movie series.

Cast actors like Pedro PascalKaren Gillan, David Duchovny, Leslie Mann and Keegan-Michael Key, Netflix’s Bubbles follows accidentally Cliff Beasts 6s cast and crew while isolating themselves within the confines of their hotel and movie set. Takes place on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bubbless characters experience a series of mishaps as one of two films actually filmed, including the madness of self-quarantine, the contagious flu (instead of COVID), and nonstop TikTok dances. At the end of Bubblesthe frightening production has become so intense that Cliff Beasts 6 does not end the filming, with the premiere, which the characters later attend, for the documentary about the making of the film instead.


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While Bubbles has many hidden movie references and easter eggs to mock modern franchises, there are also various nods to franchises just through the casting. Netflix’s Bubbles does not contain direct references to Star warsbut it features a funny scene between Pedro Pascal and Daisy Ridley, who is known for directing The Mandalorian and Star wars or sequel trilogy. That said, some of Bubbles‘s franchise parodies are so exaggerated that there’s no doubt which movie Netflix is ​​giving a nod to. Here’s an overview of each Easter egg in Netflix’s 2022 movie Bubblesincluding each film reference, and which franchises are mocked.

Jurassic Park

Netflix The Bubble

The franchise that received the biggest parody treatment in Bubbles is Jurassic Parkespecially on the basis of fictional Cliff Beasts movie series. Judd Apatow described Cliff Beasts as a C-level version of Jurassic Park, which is really low in quality, but has the scientific protagonists who receive flying dinosaurs. While Cliff Beasts 6 is an obvious parody of Jurassic Parkthe whole Netflix premise Bubbles is also a bid for the true story of the recordings for Jurassic World Dominionwhich, fittingly enough, is also the sixth film in the franchise.

Apatow was inspired by the stories he heard about Jurassic World Dominion‘s footage, which took place at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2020, when the entire cast and crew were confined to their hotel and stage. Just like Bubbles depicts, Jurassic World Dominion was plagued by delay upon delay of production in England. The accidents of Bubbless grades is largely inspired by what Apatow imagined the battles about Jurassic World Dominion‘s protective “bubble”At the hotel would have been and how it affected the long delays in making the film.


Bubbles Pedro Pascal Leslie Mann David Duchovny

Bubbles also offers a quick nod to Alien franchise when the characters are filming Cliff Beasts 6, which occur when they go on a desert planet. After Cliff Beasts 6‘s screenplay mentions that the movie-in-a-movie character Jarrar stopped, Dustin’s character mentions that “the company“Will not be happy about this, and elaborates that he begins to speculate more about”this company. ” Bubbles‘s reference to “the company”As they go on a ruined planet is a clear reference to Alienis mysterious “The company“, which is revealed to be fictional Weyland-Yutani Corporation. Since Alien movies often see the characters cross dark, dangerous planets, it was fitting that Bubbles‘s “CorporationLine occurred in a similar setting.

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Impossible mission

Bubble Sean Flying Helicopter

Netflix’s Bubbles has a few obvious and subtle references to the actor Tom Cruise, especially in connection with his work on Impossible mission franchise. When Keegan-Michael Key is Bubbles The character Sean is preparing for filming and it is revealed that he only agreed to log on Cliff Beasts 6 if he himself was allowed to fly the helicopter. As Impossible mission fans remember, Tom Cruise is known for insisting on performing all of his own stunts, which includes learning to fly a helicopter for 2018’s Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Bubbles later contains a direct reference to Tom Cruise, as Gavin, the producer Zoom, calls Paula the study leader to possibly shut down production. Paula says they refuse to shut down production because they are the only footage at the time apart from Tom Cruises, which is a nod to Cruise’s time to shoot Mission: Impossible 7 late 2020. Med Bubbles as a satire film about film productions during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tom Cruise reference was probably chosen because of his infamous quarrel with the cast and crew on Mission: Impossible 7 when he found out that they did not follow the strict health protocols.

Tropical thunder

The Bubble Ending documentary

Bubbles takes the movie-in-a-movie satire from the playbook Tropical thunder, who also ended up watching his fake action movie cast encounter real danger. Just like Ben Stillers Tropical thunder the character Tugg Speedman had to join the fictional cast Tropical thunder after appearing in a number of box-office bombs and the negatively reported ones Simple Jack, Bubbles‘s Carol Cobb (Karen Gillan) was forced to return to Cliff Beasts franchise after appearing in the critically panned, offensive Jerusalem revolted. While the overall premise of Bubbles is very much a tribute to Tropical thunderthe most obvious rip-off comes right at the end of the 2022 Netflix movie. After the cast, the set escapes Cliff Beasts 6the film is never finished, so the stars are watching the premiere instead Beasts of the Bubblea documentary about the creation of Cliff Beasts 6. This is almost exactly how Movie with Robert Downey Jr Tropical thunder ends, with the fake cast participating in the Oscars for Tropic Blundera true story film collected from footage from hidden cameras on the set.

X-Men Franchise

James McAvoy The Bubble Cameo

James McAvoy makes a remarkable cameo as himself at the end of Bubbles, who initially sees him running after and tackling Carol, who was trying to escape from the set. Carol then chastises McAvoy for chasing her, and her insult is based on his role as Professor X. McAvoy then becomes extremely defensive, explaining that he has played so many more roles than Professor X. While McAvoy has really portrayed many more characters in his career, he is perhaps best known for playing Professor Charles Xavier i X men prequel film.

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ET The extraterrestrial

The Bubble Crystal calls ET a racist

As Krystal (Iris Apatow) is quarantined in her room, she makes a livestream on social media, asking her fans for movie recommendations. Krystal mentions that many of her fans told her that she should watch Steven Spielberg’s classic sci-fi movie ET the extraterrestrialbut she felt the film was “a little racist“Although Krystal does not give much justification for what she found to be racist, it seems to be so. Bubbles‘s way of mocking that most iconic films of the 20th century are now considered to have offensive or outdated themes.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

Benedict Cumberbatch The Bubble CGI

As the largest cinematic universe and franchise in history, it was inevitable Bubbles‘s franchise-mocking satire gives a few nods to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Casting by Karen Gillan who played Nebula and MCUalready connected Bubbles to the franchise behind the scenes, but there are also a few direct references to the film series in the script. The biggest connection is towards the end of Bubbles when Cliff Beasts 6 the cast gets high along, with the characters hallucinating that Gunther, the health officer, has turned into Benedict Cumberbatch. With Bubbles‘s Benedict Cumberbatch comeo was performed via CGI, the film then got Gunther to say, “I’m Doctor Strange”Which refers to Cumberbatch’s iconic MCU character and film of the same name.

Do not look up

The Bubble Dustin & Darren

Surprisingly, Netflix’s Judd Apatow satire film also secretly mocks the streaming service’s own infamous satire film from 2021 Do not look up. Bubbles features a scene where Dustin (David Duchovny) suggests it Cliff Beasts 6 has to make its pro-environmental message clear, but director Darren (Fred Armisen) replies that “people do not care about the environmentt “- people just want to go to the cinema to see dinosaurs blow up because they kill people. Although this is also an excavation of many franchises aimed at broad age groups that have more adult themes and messages, Bubbles specifically to mention the climate change message seems to be mocking Netflix’s Do not look upwhich was a subtle satire on the dangers of climate change.

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