Smith’s everyday life in the dorms–hanging out with his arty, sarcastic best friend Stella, hooking up with a beautiful free spirit named London, lusting for his gorgeous but dim surfer roommate Thor–all gets turned upside-down after one fateful, terrifying night.
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A big (but genially deadpan and slyly candied, i.e. commercial) F U to the Holy Trinity of classical narrative filmmaking (narrative structure (plot), character development and thematic significance) and a wayward ode to all things counter, original, queer, strange!
Araki has finally found actors whose ages are quite near the characters that they play. Not sure if this is film he would have made before going "respectable". It often comes off as a re-make of Nowhere, I haven't decided if it is better or worse. Araki does have the talent of conjuring up the most beautiful people who are most shallow & vacuous but entertaining nonetheless.
After seeing it three times, I realized, I love this movie! Sure, it's not Gregg Araki's best work (Nowhere and Mysterious Skin are in leagues to their own) but its sure as hell is fun and breezy. The dialogue pops and the cast is attractive. Maybe its a guilty pleasure but fuck it, I watch it over and over again!
It was exceptionally erratic on the first viewing, but on the second it’s wonderfully hedonistic sci-fi sex comedy which is intentionally unserious about anything in itself, managing to be deeply charming and sincere – with a sexual openness I wish existed in more films – all the while being amusing in how deadpan it is when the sci-fi and fantastical aspects appear unexpectedly.
I'm as big an Araki fan as anyone and even I will admit it's hard to stand up and defend this movie. Excellent shoegaze-y soundtrack as always, but the whole 'end of the world' subplot never meshed - at all - with the main focus, which was horny college kids going down on each other. Like Donnie Darko with its dick hanging out, "Kaboom's" only real attractive quality is its cast.
3 1/2 La première partie est savoureuse mais tout semble se gâcher par la suite avec cette intrigue qui malheureusement tue le côté irrationnel et décalé du film. Se laisse regarder avec beaucoup de plaisir.