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Jumbled and shallow yet easy to watch, Kaboom is a one-night stand that isn't meant to lead anywhere -- but is fun enough while it lasts. Read critic reviews

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Movie Info

Smith (Thomas Dekker), a typical young college student who likes partying and engaging in acts of random sex and debauchery, has been having some interesting dreams revolving around two gorgeous women -- and is shocked when he meets the dream girls in real life. Lorelei (Roxane Mesquida) looks just like his fantasy brunette, while a mysterious red-haired girl (Nicole LaLiberte) being chased by assassins draws him into an international conspiracy. Or is it all just a drug-induced hallucination?

Cast & Crew

Thomas Dekker
Smith
Nicole LaLiberte
Red-Haired Girl
James Duval
The Messiah
Gregg Araki
Screenwriter
Sebastian K. Lemecier
Producer
Jonathan Schwartz
Executive Producer
Pascal Caucheteux
Executive Producer
Sandra Valde-Hansen
Cinematographer
Gregg Araki
Film Editor
Ulrich Schnauss
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Critic Reviews for Kaboom

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (63) | Rotten (42)

  • Funny, scary, and exuberant, Kaboom delivers the goods as both a generational marker and a tale of things to, uh, come.

    May 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Mixing the sexual curiosity of "Doom Generation" with the kooky style of "Smiley Face," this admittedly uneven, undeniably wild and trippy comedy-fantasy-romance-thriller has a lot going on.

    May 29, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Isn't anarchic and invigorated but sloppy and limp.

    June 16, 2011 | Rating: C- | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • This is a wild movie in a Lynch-lite mode.

    June 12, 2011 | Full Review…
  • 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 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Kaboom

  • 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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