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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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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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Gregg Araki, Reigning Cinematic Iconoclast 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 ... 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 .... makeup intern
Lorraine Martin .... key makeup artist
Miko Nishida .... hair intern
Kathy Tapia .... 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
Marcus Hu .... assistant: Gregg Araki
Tierre Kennedy .... security
Katherine Lo .... location liaison
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
Explosions in the Sky .... special 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:It's always the same dream. I'm wandering; naked, in this strange maze of hallways, and I feel this creeping sense of impending doom, like something terrible is about to happen. I pass my room mate, my Mom, my best friend Stella. Basically every significant person in my life...See more »
Movie Connections:
References Rebecca (1940)See more »
Soft ShockSee more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Gregg Araki, Reigning Cinematic Iconoclast, 28 June 2012
Author: gradyharp from United States

Gregg Araki continues his daring sojourn into the arena that other filmmakers avoid - frank sexual adventures of every kind, characters whose placement in the story is often like window dressing for effect, and yet out of it all comes a fascinating if at time discombobulating tale that appeals to a certain audience - and doesn't mind if the rest of the folks who don't approve of his antics even attend!

The film follows the life of one Smith (Thomas Dekker) and his everyday life in the dorm - hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella (Haley Bennett), hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London (Juno Temple), lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor (Chris Zylka). Smith parties, sleeps around with both men (Jason Olive, Andy Fischer-Price) and women in various combinations. He's bisexual, is about to turn 19 and is having strange dreams which seem to work their way into his life. There's gay sex, lesbian sex, witchcraft, men in animal masks, murder and some secret organization - it all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night when all the signs of Smith's dreams seem to come together in a apocalyptic fusion that involves Smith's father (Michael James Spall), Smith's hedonistic mother (Kelly Lynch), and visits from the Messiah! It is a sci-fi story centered on the sexual awakening of a group of college students.

Dekker somehow carries this film due to his skills as an actor but also his complete involvement in what is obviously Araki's secondary persona. It is a crazy film, rich in color, at many times ludicrous, and at other times very sexy - you know, the way Gregg Araki continues to make these solid little art house movies. It would be silly to fault KABOOM for being shallow or unserious; its whole mode of being is profoundly antiserious, playfully assaulting any form of earnestness other than Smith's emo melancholy.

Grady Harp

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