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The latest film from iconoclastic independent filmmaker Gregg Araki, 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, KABOOM tells the story of Smith (Thomas Dekker), an ambisexual 18-year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic Southern California seaside town. KABOOM shares key touchstones of Araki’s early films, including scatological and absurd Valley-inflected dialogue, elements of campy gore and Araki’s troupe of arrestingly sexy guys and girls. With his sophisticated synthesis of various experiments in tone and cinematography, Araki has reached a new level of artistic maturity.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 88
- Fresh: 51
- Rotten: 37
- Average Rating: 5.8/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: The fact that the characters spout snappy, profane dialogue while all this is, or isn't, going on around them is more "fun" than fun; Araki's like the too-drunk guy who won't go home when the party's over.
Rotten: All that's truly strange here though is that Araki gets so few jolts or laughs from this hodge-podge of genres.
Fresh: "Kaboom'' is currently having all the sex other American comedies are too shy and too commercial for.
Fresh: 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.
Director Gregg's moives are always great, and Thomas is very cute.
A Sexual Fantasy With A Coming Of Age Era.
This Movie Is Epic Nuff Said For Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Audience, Trust Me I'm Gay And i Love It! :D <3.
A lot of fun, just don;t let the end tick you off
This movie was a lot of fun! Sexy actors, fun dialog, a bizarre story that is just coming together and kaboom!
So the ending was really off putting when I first saw it because everything was just starting to come together and get even more sci-fi cool when some fat white guy just ends it all with the push of a button. A day or two later I got to thinking that's really how life is, all our "important" plans could be ended in a heart beat by some old fat guy with a big red button. Sad and funny, mostly sad.