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Kaboom (2010)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Mystery, Romance | 6 October 2010 (France)
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A sexually "undeclared" college freshman's clairvoyant / prophetic dreams are the first sign that something very strange is going on involving his classmates -- with him at the center.

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Gregg Araki

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Gregg Araki (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Michael James Spall ... Smith's Dad
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Storyline

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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Official Sites:

Official site [France]

Country:

USA | France

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 2010 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Boom See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,714, 30 January 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$116,478, 10 April 2011
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Rooney Mara was considered for a role. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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's about to happen. I pass my roommate, my mom, my best friend Stella - basically every significant person in my life - and they're all just staring at me like I'm some kind of museum display behind glass. Then I see two people I've never met before - a mysterious, unearthly, beautiful woman, and this red-haired girl, and they both seem to ...
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References Rebecca (1940) See more »

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Crystal Visions
Written by Robertson Furze and Milo Cordell (as Milo Cordell Lavarack)
Performed by The Big Pink
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An Irrelevant Event
5 June 2016 | by kdavies-69347See all my reviews

I've watched most of Greg Araki's films, weather online or by accident. In university I was directed to several of his movies, for his wild and outrageous plot-lines, and desolate themes of helplessness. I wouldn't call myself a fan, but I did enjoy the 90's drug escapade "Nowhere"(1997), which was a precursor to many well known stars of the early 2000 era. Araki leads viewers on a non-oriented vision of college life, complete with all the oddball events of his previous films, but ends up as a rather dull entry.

For most of the movie the viewer is listening to our main character (known only as Smith), discuss the trials and tribulations of his young adult life. Bi-sexual, awkward, unfocused, and generally ignorant of other people around him, we are forced into his fantasies, absurd lifestyle, and unrealistic grip on reality. Sounds like fun right? Well, unfortunately you'd be wrong. The events that we witness unbearably forced, despite its unnatural and science-fiction theme. I felt most of the actors were just terribly strained and the unnatural dialogue between characters only draws attention to the situation. I think the actors were just terribly tedious in their delivery, and before long, I found there wasn't as single one that was believable.

As with most drug riddled, and absurdist films, this movie has some interesting happenings. There is everything from serial killers to witchcraft here, and they certainly match Araki's usual plot-lines. Some are pretty amusing, and somewhat surreal, while others simply fall flat and actually take away from the enjoyment of the film. Several of them (if not most) have no significance to anything at all, and they leave you with the feeling that Araki is trying his hardest to stay relevant in his own way. I didn't mind the craziness, in fact, I was expecting it. However, by the end of the film, you find yourself more than confused (which is probably his goal in the first place).

If you're a fan of Araki, you'll probably like this film very much. I didn't really think it had anything to offer besides that "WTF is happening" feeling he brings to movies. An irrelevant event with an abrupt ending.

4/10


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