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Kaboom -- 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.


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Gregg Araki (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 October 2010 (France) See more »
A sci-fi story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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Disappointing and a bit pointless... See more (48 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Thomas Dekker ... Smith

Haley Bennett ... Stella

Chris Zylka ... Thor

Roxane Mesquida ... Lorelei

Juno Temple ... London
Andy Fischer-Price ... Rex

Nicole LaLiberte ... Red-Haired Girl

Jason Olive ... Hunter

James Duval ... The Messiah

Brennan Mejia ... Oliver

Kelly Lynch ... Smith's Mom Nicole

Carlo Mendez ... Milo
Christine Nguyen ... Freshman Bimbo

Michael James Spall ... Smith's Dad
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sean Bresnahan ... Surgeon (uncredited)

Brandy Futch ... Drug Fairy Nymph (uncredited)

Natalie Alyn Lind ... Cult Victim (uncredited)

Jen Mears ... Student (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregg Araki 
Writing credits
Gregg Araki (screenplay)

Produced by
Gregg Araki .... producer
Pascal Caucheteux .... producer
Beau J. Genot .... associate producer
Pavlina Hatoupis .... co-producer
Pavlina Hatoupis .... line producer
Sebastien Lemercier .... executive producer (as Sebastien K. Lemercier)
Jonathan Schwartz .... executive producer
Andrea Sperling .... producer
Original Music by
Robin Guthrie 
Vivek Maddala 
Mark Peters 
Ulrich Schnauss 
Cinematography by
Sandra Valde-Hansen 
Film Editing by
Gregg Araki 
Casting by
Jenny Jue 
Johanna Ray 
Production Design by
Todd Fjelsted 
Art Direction by
J.B. Popplewell 
Set Decoration by
Kristen Rajterowski 
Costume Design by
Trayce Gigi Field 
Makeup Department
Mark Andrews .... makeup artist
Molly Cranna .... assistant makeup artist
Roxxi Dott .... key hair stylist
Chelsea Hite .... assistant makeup artist
Lorraine Martin .... makeup department head
Miko Nishida .... assistant hair stylist
Natalie Vermiglio .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Beau J. Genot .... post-production supervisor
Daniela Roth .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ryan Reels .... second second assistant director
Chad Rosen .... first assistant director
Jake Worden .... second assistant director
Art Department
Pj Aguilera .... builder/swing
Adam Bolt .... production illustrator
Jeremy Carpel .... leadman
Rocio Carrizales .... on-set dresser
Katie Crawford .... set dresser
Elizabeth Cummings .... assistant art director
Carl Fieler .... builder/swing
Austin Lovell .... construction coordinator
Alicia Marquez .... props
Ayaka Ohwaki .... on-set props
John Roberson .... set dresser
Rosie Sanders .... set dresser
Heath Satow .... sculptor
Sound Department
Jakob Beetem .... sound department intern
Tara Blume .... foley artist
Trip Brock .... supervising sound editor
Adam De Coster .... foley artist
Peter D. Lago .... sound effects editor
Greg Mauer .... foley mixer
Irene Montero .... foley editor
Andrejs Prokopenko .... boom operator (as Andrew Prokopenko)
Alexander Pugh .... sound effects editor
Denielle Rose .... sound mixer
Mark A. Rozett .... sound re-recording mixer
Steven Utt .... sound recordist
Kelly Vandever .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Wesley Cronk .... visual effects
Matt Berberi .... stunt double
Jacqueline Case .... stunt double
Chad Guerrero .... stunt double
Irving E. Lewis .... stunt double
Mario Perez .... stunt double: Jimmy Duval
Audi Resendez .... stunt double
Lou Simon .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Akers .... first assistant camera
Leah Anova .... electrician
Team Bashet .... key grip
Chris Carroll .... gaffer
Hillary Elder .... electrician
Tony Foresta .... stunt camera operator
Brock Goetz .... second assistant camera
Roberto Gudino .... electrician
Mariscela Beatriz Mendez .... electrician (as Mariscela Mendez)
Kevin Morris .... second assistant camera
Lee Ramsey .... electrician
Kevin W. Skaggs .... electrician
Igor Tochilnikov .... grip
Marcos Valadez .... electrician
John Veleta .... digital imaging technician
Marianne Williams .... still photographer
Casting Department
Shaunessy James Quinn .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Evelyn Bram .... wardrobe
April Dunlap .... costumes
Olivia Hateley .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Alex Blatt .... associate editor
Joseph K. Chen .... assistant editor
Chuck Crews .... digital intermediate editor
Adam Nazarenko .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Tiffany Anders .... music supervisor
Jen Pray .... music clearance
Transportation Department
Lauren Levine .... transportation coordinator
Raymond Martin .... driver
Other crew
Chris Aguilar Garcia .... assistant: Andrea Sperling
Alishe Beardeaux .... post production assistant
Nic Berlin .... production assistant
Annalis Clint .... production assistant
John Emmons .... medic
Jessica Feavel .... production assistant
Michelle Frezieres .... script supervisor
Jacob Halajian .... production assistant
Michelle Holt .... production accountant
Tierre Kennedy .... security
Kat Lo .... location liaison (as Katherine Lo)
Ayana McNair .... production assistant
Tara Jean O'Brien .... production assistant
Benjamin Rotast .... key production assistant
Todd Svoboda .... production assistant
Eva Valett .... post production coordinator
Sally Van Gorder .... video artist
Matt Warren .... production assistant
Christy Wegener .... location manager
Courtney L. Wilson .... production assistant
Dorsay Alavi .... thanks
Matthew Flint .... thanks
John Waters .... thanks

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Additional Details

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86 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:MA (2011) | Canada:18A (British Columbia/Ontario) | France:-12 (with warning) | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III (film festival rating) | Netherlands:12 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | UK:15 | USA:Unrated

Did You Know?

The first Gregg Araki film shot in 2.35:1 format.See more »
Continuity: 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 that you need to monitor your drinking.
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Movie Connections:
References Fatal Attraction (1987)See more »
Crystal VisionsSee more »


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23 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Disappointing and a bit pointless..., 19 April 2011
Author: Movie Geek from London, UK

After the complex, challenging, touching and definitely mature "Mysterious Skin" (2004) I was really looking forwards to Araki's new film (And let's just pretend that the 2007 Smiley Face doesn't even exist). The trailer makes Kaboom look quirky, subversive and somewhat crazy in a fresh and fun sort of way…. Once again, a misleading trailer! Unfortunately the film itself has really none of that offer, as if Araki, instead of growing up, had been regressing to a film student again, because, that's what this film feels like: a polished and yet pointless student film! And believe me, I've seen many of those in my life! Thomas Dekker is quite likable and he's probably the best thing in the film and yet he's struggling with a story that has no beginning and no end (literally no end!)… and actually, come to think of it, no middle either! The film tries to be anarchic, dark, sexy, funny, rude, aping films like Donnie Darko and even The Rules of Attraction (which was a pretty faulty film anyway). In the end it is just too chaotic and definitely too silly to be taken seriously or to even recommend. There are very few original ideas and the little excitement in there is only given by the music and the editing, but certainly not by the story. Even the few good lines of dialogue in the script remain too isolated and detached be noticed, let alone remembered and they get lost in the ludicrous plot. What is real? Is there a conspiracy? Who are those people dressed like animals? Does any of this really matter? And actually, do we give a toss? In the end it's very hard to care about who does what and why, so basically you'll just end up waiting to see who's going to have sex with whom, (basically everyone seems bed down with just about everyone else in this movie despite their gender differences) and yet, none of the sex never has anything to do with the story. It is completely incidental and purely exploitive. But even if you take it as a sexy film , beyond its average straight/gay/bi soft-core porn clichés, it is all quite unremarkable and gets nowhere close to push any boundary and it thinks it does. In fact it all gets rather repetitive (I lost the count of how many times some character wakes up all of a sudden from some bad dream). This film might have been the director's wet dream, but none of that excitement shows up in the final product. I'll give Araki one last chance then I'll begin to think that "Mysterious Skin" was just a lucky mistake in an otherwise disastrous filmography

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