Kaboom
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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 enigmatic, the other similarly spectral with flaming red hair. This wouldn't bother him, except… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

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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."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"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."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"Kaboom plays out like a a ridiculously campy, and poorly written comic book. It's not very coherent and has a terrible ending."
‑ Blake Griffin, We Got This Covered
"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."
‑ Jordan Farley, SFX Magazine
"Isn't anarchic and invigorated but sloppy and limp."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Designed to have its own fun, filled to the brim with bangs of all kinds but mostly landing with a whimper."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Araki has crafted an entertaining, violently funny movie that's amongst his best work yet."
‑ Glenn Dunks, Trespass
"Araki movies used to feel dangerous. This one feels like underfunded kitsch."
‑ Nathaniel Rogers, Film Experience
"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."
‑ Roz Laws, Birmingham Post
"What pop spectacle!"
‑ Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail
"Araki deserves credit for maintaining his independent spirit. But "Kaboom" is short on impact."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Chase Whale, Gordon and the Whale
"Enjoy the audacious, electrifying and subversive components thrown at the audience in scattergun style."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"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."
‑ Ryan Gilbey, Sight and Sound
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