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Kaboom (2011)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 15

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"Kaboom" is a hyper-stylized "Twin Peaks" for the Coachella Generation, featuring a gorgeous young cast. A wild, witty and sex-drenched horror-comedy thriller, it is the story of Smith, an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town.


Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy

Gregg Araki

May 31, 2011


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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (54) | Rotten (38) | DVD (2)

If there's an undercurrent of impending cataclysm in today's culture, 'Kaboom' senses that feeling, seizes it in a surreal clinch and hurtles with it off a cliff.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper.

June 6, 2011 Full Review Source:
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What pop spectacle!

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The film is Araki's most ambitious to date, with a quick pace, music that's hip and cool and a mood that alternates between playful and eccentric.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Araki deserves credit for maintaining his independent spirit. But "Kaboom" is short on impact.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Kaboom plays out like a a ridiculously campy, and poorly written comic book. It's not very coherent and has a terrible ending.

November 11, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Araki has crafted an entertaining, violently funny movie that's amongst his best work yet.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass

After walking out of KABOOM, I wanted to take a nice, hot shower to wash myself of this filthy film, but holy hell I had a blast.

October 2, 2012 Full Review Source: Gordon and the Whale
Gordon and the Whale

there's no method to Kaboom's utter-insanity; it crumbles badly in the final minutes and reveals its central mystery as little more than a meaningless whimsy.

September 16, 2011 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

Araki movies used to feel dangerous. This one feels like underfunded kitsch.

August 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Experience
Film Experience

Enjoy the audacious, electrifying and subversive components thrown at the audience in scattergun style.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Isn't anarchic and invigorated but sloppy and limp.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

While the cast is good-looking, making them wear quirky hats doesn't always work. But, despite all the oddness, it is strangely compelling with some sharp and witty lines.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Birmingham Post
Birmingham Post

The tone and production values suggest a mixture of daytime soap, gay porn and Twilight slash-fiction, but the film's greatest asset, as ever with Araki, is sincerity.

June 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

It's the kind of film that refuses to draw lines between what's real and what's hallucination, just as the characters resist defining their identity by sexual orientation.

June 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

This is a wild movie in a Lynch-lite mode.

June 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

A very peculiar campus comedy in which the students seem to have abandoned any pretence of intellectual endeavour for a non-stop merry-go-round of bed-hopping.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Independent

The soundtrack's the perfect mixtape, the visuals the perfect day-glo trashpop video - just don't expect too much in the way of boring old depth and meaning.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4

A delirious, demented cross between Donnie Darko and Twin Peaks with an undeniably handsome cast and a good deal of film-making skill. Don't expect it to make a lot of sense but just enjoy the wild trip.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Think Eyes Wide Shut with its legs wide open.

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Two very different films have been mashed up in Kaboom...

June 10, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Watching films whose characters spend much of their time staring at computer screens or waking up from dreams is a bit of a drag.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Kaboom also resembles nothing so much as an episode of Scooby Doo without the dog, and with an awful lot of penetrative sex.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian

Squarely aimed at a student demographic, the entire affair plays out like an episode of Scooby Doo on acid with the added fuel of frequent sex.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Araki's trademark comic book-vibrant visuals and a cool, indie soundtrack intensify the overall trippy experience, keeping everything cohesive even when the narrative goes entirely off the rails in the rushed final act.

June 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Audience Reviews for Kaboom

Gregg Araki parodies himself and goes back to his bi-curious sci-fi roots. Such a shame really as Mysterious Skin was so clever. It's middle-American teenage angst nonsense really, about as deep as a puddle and just as interesting. At least Nowhere takes the piss out of itself. Gregg Araki needs to stop hanging around with John Waters, I blame him for this silliness.
January 9, 2013

Super Reviewer

A disjointed film where everything seems painfully arbitrary and with no sense of purpose. It suffers from an unfocused script, clumsy direction and an expository last scene - not funny as a hipster comedy nor intriguing enough as a mystery as it wants to be.
October 23, 2012

Super Reviewer

Kaboom is a schizophrenic melding of two different films. It presents a mildly entertaining, bizarro apocalyptic fable that is buried under a lot of drek. What a shame that everything is ultimately explained in a hastily executed wrap up in the last 10 minutes. The explosive streams of vernacular coming from the mouths of the entire cast is a recklessly spoken explosion of words meant to clarify what we've been watching. It renders the whole account as arbitrary and meaningless. I couldn't possibly do justice to the ridiculous conclusion. Perhaps the producers were running out of money and Araki had to quickly end this mess. I know you pretty much get what you deserve when you choose to watch a Gregg Araki flick, but good heavens, Kaboom is really out there, even for him.
September 11, 2012

Super Reviewer

Won't be for everyone, but I quite liked it. Visually pretty to look at with an attractive cast. The story is way out there, but anyone who's seen this director's work before knows what to expect - weirdness.
If you like a conventional storyline or are homophobic, you're probably better to avoid this, but those who like something a little different may find this interesting.
May 19, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. London: Think of it as a little girl dick, and treat it accordingly. Imagine what your dick likes. Kiss it. Tease it with your tongue. Suck it. Even nibble it a little. Just make sure to regard it with the ut-most care and respect. Which brings us to the number one golden rule of oral. Pay attention to how she's reacting. If she seems into something, keep doing that same thing over and over and over. It's about finding a rythm that she likes and sticking to it, until the job is done.
    – Submitted by Crystal K (3 years ago)
    1. Stella: Nice hat. Are we in Paris?
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Stella: You meet some guy on a nude beach and after five minutes you're downloading his hard drive in the back of a van. You're a slut.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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