Kaboom (2010)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA/France, 2010.  Desperate Pictures, Wild Bunch, Super Crispy Entertainment, The Next World.  Screenplay by Gregg Araki.  Cinematography by .  Produced by Gregg Araki, , . Music by , , , .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by Gregg Araki.  Dorian Awards 2011.   Toronto International Film Festival 2010.

Renegade filmmaker Gregg Araki returns to rebellion with this fluffy but surprisingly easy to watch, no-holds-barred comedy. plays a college student who has a crush on his straight surfer dude roommate and spends his time hanging with his best friend, who is herself in love with a foreign exchange student (). One night while walking back to his dorm, Dekker witnesses a murder, or so he thinks; was a girl actually killed, or was the sight of men in animal masks a hallucination? Pretty soon he’s wrapped up in a conspiracy theory that implicates his suspiciously sexy mother (), his long-dead father and his circle of friends. Not content with just focusing on the burgeoning sexuality of young people, Araki takes a story of early adulthood angst and laces it with science-fiction, but it’s not nearly as messy or unbearable as Nowhere or Doom Generation. The sexuality is genuinely sexy here, and the attitude of whimsical fun is affecting and pleasant.

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