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Kaboom (2011)

Haley Bennett , Thomas Dekker , Gregg Araki  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Haley Bennett, Thomas Dekker, James Duval, Andy Fischer-Price, Brandy Futch
  • Directors: Gregg Araki
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Editorial Reviews

Gregg Araki's Kaboom represents a return to familiar territory, which will come as good news for fans of his teen apocalypse trilogy, which began with The Doom Generation. He introduces his latest lead, bisexual film student Smith (The Sarah Connor Chronicles' Thomas Dekker, likably low-key), as he dreams about a tryst with his surfer roommate, Thor (Chris Zylka, believably stupid). The apocalypse enters the scenario via the Messiah (James Duval), Smith's RA, who claims that the end of the world is nigh, after which the Southern California kid runs into people from his dreams, like Lorelei (Roxane Mesquida), a lesbian witch obsessed with his best friend, Stella (Haley Bennett). In his waking life, Smith has a fling with London (Juno Temple), a feisty Brit who joins him and Stella in a quest for answers. Like Araki's Smiley Face, the characters inhabit a stylized realm in which they experience real feelings, but talk as if they were starring in a paranormal teen romance with all the naked bodies and blue language those films tend to leave out. Time will tell if Araki will ever make a movie as gritty as Mysterious Skin again, but it's hard not to admire the way he brings all the disparate story strands together at the end with a take-down of doomsday cults, homophobes, and sci-fi twaddle about Chosen Sons. Extra features include deleted scenes and uninhibited commentary from Araki and Dekker. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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From the mind of visionary director Gregg Araki ("Mysterious Skin," "The Doom Generation") comes this hot comedy about the secrets that lie beneath an idyllic seaside town. Heading the cast of gorgeous guys and girls is Thomas Dekker ("A Nightmare on Elm Street") as Smith, an 18-year-old living the life of a college freshman, lusting after his straight roommate (Chris Zylka), hanging out with his lesbian bestie (Haley Bennett), and trying to decide -- if he can -- whether he digs boys or girls. Teen angst soon gives way to more sinister concerns when Smith finds out that his small Southern California town is also home to a killer cult.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone's taste, but I found it enjoyable. June 17, 2011
Smith is a freshman at a beach-adjacent California university, non-committal about his sexual orientation, but falls in instant lust with his straight surfer-dude roommate. Smith's BFF is Haley, who has the hots for a mysterious girl who is reputed to be a witch, and is the voice of reason when Smith is about to make one of his frequent bad decisions about his life. It is in Haley that Smith confides about his disturbing dreams, which later appears to have a connection to a mysterious cult operating on campus, which has already caused the death of at least one student.

Like most Greg Araki films, this one is hard to describe or classify. It is equal parts a light romantic comedy, satire pointing out the fluid nature of sexuality, murder mystery and story about an international conspiracy. The story is intentionally funny in parts, unintentionally laughable in others, and frightening at the same time. Acting is capable, the special effects reflect the tiny budget of the film, and some of the scene changes don't flow together very well. Overall, it can be an enjoyable diversion for those who don't take their movies too seriously, with a reminder that people are not always what they seem to be.

Not rated, but would be an R for partial nudity and simulated sex. DVD has deleted scenes, outtakes and commentary. I give it four stars out of five.
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27 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kudos for Araki March 28, 2011
By Paul
Araki is an always interesting director. Don't be dissuaded by one negative review.

The premise of this movie is somewhat similar to his earlier work "The Doom Generation."

There is no correlation to "Shortbus." What's this guy talking about?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for everybody. October 11, 2011
I personally loved Kaboom because it stays true to the Gregg Araki style that I know and love. Araki is a very unique director who has a distinct style. However, the movie can be confusing and maybe not even enjoyable if it's the first Araki film you watch.

I suggest watching "Nowhere" and "The Doom Generation" before watching Kaboom. Otherwise I can't say everyone will love this movie like I did. However, it's worth a shot because either way it's definitely a unique and interesting experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 16 to 25 Demographic July 2, 2012
Finally, a movie where actors sound and act contemporary age appropriate and not scripted by older, cloistered L.A./N.Y. writers that were left clueless the moment they stepped out of their high school graduation. The storyline is an odd assortment of seen before subplots (therefore not too creative) of a secret society out to control the world through nuclear weapons and helped by an animal masked posse as well as offspring with genetically gifted extra-human witchy type powers. Good cast selection; good acting and dialogue. On the downside the directing and storyline was rough and lacked an even flow with enough holes that it was difficult to connect with anyone or anything. I thought it was mis-titled until the final scene. A 100+ "Special Thanks", a usual giveaway of a cheap production, but in this case there were enough positives to let it slide.

When I first saw the title and cover I was thinking Bollywood - wrong! Anyone who puts a film together and calls themselves "Why Not Productions", "Desperate Pictures", "Wild Bunch" and "Super Crispy Entertainment" deserves some props and a hug.

There is, however, a lot of implied sex for all sexual persuasions. Outside of the usual female upper torso titillation every thing else is camera angle, your guess is as good as any, views.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gregg Araki, Reigning Cinematic Iconoclast June 28, 2012
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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, June 12
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Movie.
I really dig this movie. I am a huge fan of far out love stories and this is surely on of the most far out.
Published 3 months ago by Jesse K. Dotson
Published 4 months ago by JQ.
5.0 out of 5 stars Araki Returns To His Trashy Filmmaking Roots....Hooray!
Kaboom sees Gregg Araki returning to his early film origins of trashy plots, throwaway sex and an endless parade of pretty actors. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ron Foley Macdonald , .
2.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting ideas and images, but overall its a weak film
With Kaboom, Araki is, more or less, attempting to combine the dreamlike quality of his masterpiece, Mysterious Skin, with the energy and the over-the-top style of his earlier Teen... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tristan
5.0 out of 5 stars Back our Your Head Blowing off! HAPPY
Lordy Lordy! Is it just me? Or am I the only person in the whole wide world that missed this movie? KABOOM!!! Read more
Published 7 months ago by Avid Movie and Music Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Gregg Araki masterpiece
Sort of dark, sort of surreal, with a hot cast, and lots of apocalyptic gloom. Product was in great shape and offered at a great price. Shipping was nice and quick. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jim Lamplugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Hot and Sexy
Love the story and all the beautiful eye candy. This is a great movie just don't hate the end. This movie has no point to it ether but it is great.
Published 9 months ago by Trevor Ivory
5.0 out of 5 stars I love all Araki
I am obsessed with Gregg Araki and I love this film. I can't wait until he makes his next film. If you like sarcasm, the strange and absurd, and love good music and style with a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by violetcherry
3.0 out of 5 stars beyond strange
For movie credits i have to admit its a bit of a mess. poorly acted with a ridiculous story line..looks like a collage project, however... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Shelby Moseley
4.0 out of 5 stars "It's a well known fact that dreams are just your brain taking a dump...
John Waters approached Gregg Araki at the premiere of either "Mysterious Skin" or "Smiley Face" (I can't remember which) and personally requested that Gregg's next... Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Irwin
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