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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.


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  • Jun 03, 2016
    A little Un Chien, a little Donnie Darko, and a whole lot of Liquid Sky... Actually that sounds amazing. And Kaboom is not amazing. It's not worthless, but it's not as good as I'm making it seem. Realistically it's a weird, dumb and not particularly good film that still manages to be totally engaging. While I'm not gonna come straight out and tell everyone they will love Kaboom, I will go so far as to say it's probably worth you figuring out what you think of it for yourself. Even if you hate it, it's worth having that knowledge.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2013
    Kaboom is a sci-fi coming of age sex comedy. I love the direction style, costumes, set design, dialogues. It's so sexually explicit, drug filled, comic and meaningful. Kinda like a mixture of Donnie Darko and Mysterious Skin. I love how unconventional this film really is.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 07, 2012
    I don't know what it is about Gregg Araki, no matter the movie his lead characters are always such frakking morons. Maybe that's his 'signature' but sure doesn't win me over. This is another exercise in style which can be diverting for a period of, oh, about 5 minutes before the colorful high dissipates and we're left in the company of a collection of drab college kids in a completely muddled mystery with homoerotic overtones. This is the second straight indie shitfest I've seen with the winsome Juno Temple made within the past 2 years - girl, you've got to get yourself a more discerning agent. Credit where due: at least Araki usually chooses good music, for <i>Kaboom</i> the score was composed by dreamscape expert Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Oct 23, 2012
    A disjointed film in which everything seems painfully arbitrary and with no sense of purpose, suffering from an unfocused script, a clumsy direction and an expository last scene - and it isn't funny as a hipster comedy nor intriguing enough as a mystery as it wants to be.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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