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Kaboom [DVD] [Region 1]

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
  • Credits
    Thomas Dekker, Hayley Bennett, Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Roxane Mesquida, Juno Temple
  • Critic Reviews
    "Araki lets his absurdist imagination run wild, and KABOOM takes the time-honored gambit of gradually revealing that nothing is as it seems to delightfully cockamamie extremes."
    Los Angeles Times

    "KABOOM exists entirely in and for the moment."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "KABOOM is both crazily disjunctive and smooth, jumping from polymorphous sex comedy to murder mystery to paranoid apocalyptic science-fiction freakout, with nimble nonchalance and up-to-the-minute pop music cues."
    New York Times

    3 stars out of 5 -- "Araki constructs the hot-blooded KABOOM as a high-wire act without a safety net. Go with it."
    Rolling Stone

    "KABOOM is pure fantasy in every sense of the word....KABOOM sports super-cool new-wave music and fashions" -- Grade: B+
    A.V. Club

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