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 ...
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Overview

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 that the women from his dreams have begun appearing in real life -- Lorelei Roxane Mesquida, Stella's new partner, is a magic aficionado who's a dead ringer for the dark-haired woman, and the red-haired girl Nicole LaLiberte is being pursued by a gang of masked assassins. Has Smith stumbled into a plot with possible world-changing consequences? Or is this all just the product of some hallucinogenic cookies he was served at a party? Kaboom received its world premiere at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.
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Special Features

Commentary; Outtakes; Deleted Scenes
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Editorial Reviews

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Writer/director Gregg Araki returns with Kaboom, a hyper-stylized, sex-drenched teenage romp that presents itself as a psychosexual murder mystery and turns into a wacky conspiracy-theory dark comedy, complete with secret societies and the threat of a nuclear holocaust. Araki draws upon themes presented in his acclaimed mid-'90s indie flicks, The Doom Generation and Nowhere, and brings the same relentless eroticism, alienated adolescent hijinks, and So-Cal witticisms to a film that's both a little campy and a little trashy. Kaboom centers on Smith Thomas Dekker, a bisexual college freshman who fantasizes about hooking up with his bleach-blond surfer-dude roommate, but settles instead for sexually free British student London Juno Temple. He's been haunted by a series of recurring dreams starring people from his life and two girls whom he's never met, but things get weird when the two girls show up in his waking life -- first, Lorelei Roxane Mesquida, a dark-haired magic aficionado who's involved in a fatal-attraction situation with his best friend, Stella Haley Bennett, and second, a red-haired girl who is being pursued by a gang of assassins. Next thing you know, Smith finds himself involved in a plot surrounding a murdered coed, a secret society, and the mystery of his father's disappearance. But has Smith stumbled into a plot with possible world-changing consequences? Or is it all just a drug-induced hallucination? It's fair to say that Araki is channeling the films of Richard Kelly. By combining the lucid dreams and existential musings of Donnie Darko with the apocalyptic undertones of Southland Tales, Kaboom isn't so much an homage as it is a parody. Visually, the film oscillates between bursts of pop colors and quick-cut over-the-top antics that work when the film eventually shifts gears and descends into glorious delirium, yet with a schizophrenic plot that fails to support the screwy tangents, the film fizzles out. Maybe Araki is too nostalgic as he returns to the preoccupations and youthful trademarks that characterized his previous endeavors. He pours every ounce of the fever-dream teenage fantasy that he has left into a vehicle that can't support the weight. Still, Kaboom has its champions -- it earned the Queer Palm award at last year's Cannes Film Festival -- and it'll be enjoyable for those drawn to wildly campy teenage sex comedies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/31/2011
  • UPC: 030306956794
  • Original Release: 2010
  • Rating:

  • Source: Ifc Independent Film
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:26:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 37,007

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Thomas Dekker Smith
Haley Bennett Stella
Chris Zylka Thor
Roxane Mesquida Lorelei
Juno Temple London
Andy Fischer-Price Rex
Nicole LaLiberte La Fille Rousse
Jason Olive Hunter
James Duval Le Messie
Brennan Mejia Oliver
Kelly Lynch Nicole
Technical Credits
Gregg Araki Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Tiffany Anders Musical Direction/Supervision
Pascal Caucheteux Executive Producer
Trayce Field Costumes/Costume Designer
Todd Fjelsted Production Designer
Beau J. Genot Associate Producer
Robin Guthrie Score Composer
Pavlina Hatoupis Co-producer
Jenny Jue Casting
Sebastian Lemercier Executive Producer
Vivek Maddala Score Composer
Mark Peters Score Composer
Johanna Ray Casting
Ulrich Schnauss Score Composer
Jonathan Schwartz Executive Producer
Andrea Sperling Producer
Sandra Valde-Hansen Camera Operator, Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Kaboom
1. Opening Credits [5:04]
2. Partner In Crime [6:27]
3. College Life [4:48]
4. Turns Me On [5:06]
5. She's A Witch [4:58]
6. I Know Her [4:33]
7. Unidentified Body [5:25]
8. Have A Great Life [6:32]
9. What Was That? [4:44]
10. Happy Birthday [5:21]
11. Call Oliver [5:26]
12. Freaking Me Out [5:45]
13. Hurts So Good [5:33]
14. New Normal [7:09]
15. Waiting For [7:22]
16. The Bitter End [2:01]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Kaboom
   Play
   Chapters
   Bonus
      Outtakes
      Deleted Scenes
         Original Audio
         With Commentary
   Setup
      Subtitles
         English SDH
         Spanish
         Subtitles: Off
      Audio Options
         English 5.1 Surround
         Commentary
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