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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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Complete credited cast:
Red-Haired Girl
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Freshman Bimbo
Smith's Dad


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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Release Date:

6 October 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Smith: I'm not sure how straight Thor really is.
Stella: You just said he was putting a load in some pinhead's dryer last night.
Smith: Yeah, but doing it with women doesn't necessarily make him straight. Case in point.
Stella: The fact that you randomly sometimes stick it in a girl does not mean anything beyond you need to monitor your drinking.
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References Vertigo (1958) See more »


To Fix The Gash in Your Head
Written by Oliver Ackermann
Performed by A Place to Bury Strangers
Courtesy of "A" Side Music LLC
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"Nuttier than squirrel sh*t"
16 December 2011 | by (Long Beach, CA) – See all my reviews

I have not been a big fan of Gregg Araki's films in the past but "Kaboom" is easily my favorite and it is his funniest.

Obviously this is not a film for everyone. It is kind of a cross between "Scott Pilgrim versus the World" and "Donnie Darko" but "Kaboom" places more emphasis on comedy than narrative. From reading the other reviews on IMDb, a lot of people did not get the jokes. I was laughing throughout the entire movie. If you are offended by sexual content, this movie is not for you.

This is one of the best ensemble casts I've seen in a while. Most of them are new to me. I predict Juno Temple is on her way to becoming a star.

While "Kaboom" is definitely not for everyone, if you are willing to take a chance on an end-of-the-world sex comedy, you should give it a try.

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