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Kaboom (2010)

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A sci-fi story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students.



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Smith's everyday life in the dorm - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor - all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night. Written by Toronto International Film Festival

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6 October 2010 (France)  »

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Boom  »

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$13,714 (USA) (28 January 2011)


$116,478 (USA) (8 April 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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The first Gregg Araki film shot in 2.35:1 format. See more »


When Smith first meets the red-haired girl at the party, she pukes all over his right shoe. He then goes to the bathroom & begins washing his left shoe in the sink. See more »


London: Straight guys are gayer than gay guys. The fact they're in love and can't suck each other's dicks makes them act queerer than Clay Aiken.
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Written by Mira Aroyo, Daniel Hunt, Helen Linsay Marnie and Reuben Hoong Bun Wu
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One Funky Trip...
1 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Where to start with this one, where to start. This film was directed by Gregg Araki. If you don't know who he is then you probably don't watch too many indie films. He directed "The Doom Generation", "Nowhere", "Mysterious Skin" and the pot-comedy, "Smiley Face". He often fills his features with a lot of sex, nudity and language. That, and he is not afraid to tackle controversial subjects with a somewhat skewered view.

Which brings me to "Kaboom". Smith (Dekker) is an 18-year-old college freshman. He is bisexual, has a very catty lesbian best friend, Stella (Bennett) and a roommate with the body (and name) of a Norse God, Thor (Zylka). He opens the movie by telling us about this very strange dream he's been having lately and it's causing him to lose sleep. It's no wonder -- the dream is mysterious, there are people in it that are extremely vivid that he's never met and it instantly gets our minds to spinning as to what the hell is going on. It gets weirder from there.

He goes to a party with Stella so she can hit on some hottie named Lorelei (Mesquida) --- hey, it's one of the girls from his recurring dream --- once thoroughly ditched by Stella, he goes to use the bathroom and stumbles upon London (Temple). From there, his life just gets trippier and trippier. It involves a nude beach, men in animal masks, mysterious notes, witches and other things on an apocalyptic scale.

The movie is funny in some places and even generates a nice mystery, getting us to ponder just what exactly is happening to poor Smith. I think, for the first time in a long time, I had no idea where this movie was taking me -- and I really enjoyed that. I didn't know what to expect next, so it was a fun ride for me.

Above average acting all the way around, if anyone stood out it would be Juno Temple as London and Thomas Dekker as Smith. They had some great chemistry together, even better than Dekker and Bennett did and they were supposed to be friends all the way through High School. No one really dropped the ball in the acting department, though, so that's a major plus. So, good acting, sharp screenplay and Araki's use of lighting was particularly bright, which I also liked because I hate squinting at night scenes in other movies where you can't tell which guy has the gun. Overall, fun movie and I loved how they ended it all. More reviews at www.soveryterry.com Final Grade: B

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