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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 »
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1 win & 2 nominations See more »
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  (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
Rob Embrey .... post sound coordinator
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
Liz Singh .... production assistant
Todd Svoboda .... production assistant
Eva Valett .... post production coordinator
Sally Van Gorder .... video artist
Matt Warren .... production assistant
Christy Wegener .... location manager
Cortney L. Wilson .... production assistant (as Courtney L. Wilson)
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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Socom U.S. Navy Seals (2002) (VG)See more »
Dream About MeSee more »


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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One Funky Trip..., 1 June 2011
Author: Terry Roehrig II from United States

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 Final Grade: B

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