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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 »
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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 ... 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 »
Stella:Smith, college is just an intermission between high school and the rest of your life. Four years of having sex, making stupid mistakes, and experiencing stuff. It's a pit stop, not the second coming of the Messiah.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Gran Turismo 5 (2010) (VG)See more »
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Gregg Araki's Kaboom (2010), 1 June 2013
Author: TheDelusionist from Switzerland

Smith (Thomas Dekker) is an 18-year old university student majoring in film studies that is having both weird and wet dreams, right before his 19th birthday. After a series of hook-ups and seemingly random sexual encounters, things are really starting to get crazy: Men in animal masks appear, a creepy girl with superpowers and a voodoo doll and of course all kinds of sexy sex. After a couple of days of confusion and meaningless sex, Smith however starts to realize what's going on, but is he in time to save the world from its impending doom and an evil cult leader determined blow it up?

Kaboom is a charming film, beautifully shot in bright, saturated colors, that supply almost feel too fake to be true. Yet, strangely the film provides a wholly immersive experience, probably fueled by Araki's intuitive and appropriate use of shoegaze. Much like Sofia Coppola, another fan of the genre, Gregg Araki allows you to really feel the film. The dialogue doesn't always come through like you'd want and feels scripted and clichéd in some instances, but it's always funny and quotable. Gregg seems to be winking at the audience, acknowledging and fully embracing the silliness of the story. That's partly why I can forgive some of movie's obvious flaws.

Thomas Dekker, the leading man of this picture, does a fine job most of the time and I couldn't imagine this film without it; however he seems to be trying too hard in some scenes, bordering the line of over-acting, you can see his acting. While it's a bit distracting, the supporting cast, with Araki regular James Duval as the ridiculously named Messiah, does a fantastic job of making you forgive him. Another minor distraction is the use of purposely bad transitions; I'm more of a fan of the traditional fade to black, but it adds to the quirky spirit of the film, which I'm all for. It is in fact more than anything it's the films' goodhearted nature and sweetness I take away and remember most fondly.

Reliving all these emotions for the third time, this is one of my favorite films, I noticed a lot of new things. Some of the scenes are really "useless", in that they don't help forwarding the plot, but are mostly there to be funny and help creating a mood. That's partly where the appeal of the film lies for me: It's not so much plot driven as it is a portrayal of the college experience and what it means to be a young adult, a transitional stage between "high-school and the rest of your life" as one of the character puts it. In that regard the movie succeeds completely, because it really captures what it's like to 'feel lost'.

Gregg Araki's very personal piece, once again he's a master of his sub-genre, while making a statement on the future of film, and blending different genres for a highly satisfying experience. Kaboom won the first ever Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival and is indeed recommended for fans of his other work, if you like unique and unusual films or if you just want to see the only car chasing sequence ever playing to shoegaze.

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