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Writer and director Gregg Araki revisits the day-glo universe of sex, drugs, and random perversity that informed his early films in this over-the-top dark comedy. Smith (Thomas Dekker) is an 18-year-old film student who is bisexual and has a ravenous erotic appetite; his best friend is Stella (Haley Bennett), who prefers the company of women but is just as enthusiastic about pursuing new lovers. Smith has been haunted by a series of recurring dreams featuring two beautiful women, one dark and
Jan 28, 2011 Limited
May 31, 2011
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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.
Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper.
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.
All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres.
Araki deserves credit for maintaining his independent spirit. But "Kaboom" is short on impact.
Kaboom plays out like a a ridiculously campy, and poorly written comic book. It's not very coherent and has a terrible ending.
Araki has crafted an entertaining, violently funny movie that's amongst his best work yet.
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.
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.
Araki movies used to feel dangerous. This one feels like underfunded kitsch.
Enjoy the audacious, electrifying and subversive components thrown at the audience in scattergun style.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Watching films whose characters spend much of their time staring at computer screens or waking up from dreams is a bit of a drag.
Kaboom also resembles nothing so much as an episode of Scooby Doo without the dog, and with an awful lot of penetrative sex.
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.
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- 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.
- Stella: Nice hat. Are we in Paris?
- 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.
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