.

Kaboom

Thomas Dekker

Directed by Gregg Araki
Rolling Stone: star rating
5 3
Community: star rating
5 3 0
January 28, 2011

The new queer Cinema would be way less fun without Gregg Araki. This tale of polysexual college life threatened by cults and world annihilation falls into the category of old-school Araki (Totally F***ed Up, The Doom Generation) rather than the maturity of Mysterious Skin. Kaboom is an erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don't want to stop.

Gallery: Getting Naked on the Cover of Rolling Stone

Thomas Dekker (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) stars as Smith, a film-studies major "undecided" about his sexuality. Smith sleeps with a girl, the pert and free-spirited London (Juno Temple, daughter of director Julien and a sorceress of an actress). But he lusts for his straight, viking roomie Thor (Chris Zylka) who lies in bed naked, legs in the air, trying with the concentration of an Olympian to suck himself off. London has a theory about an alleged straight guy with an anal way of arranging his shoes: "Aside from putting a dick in your mouth while listening to Lady Gaga, that's about as gay as it gets."

The 10 Best Movies of 2010

The plot morphs from strange to sci-fi surreal when Smith confides to his lezzie bestie, Stella (sass queen Haley Bennett), that he has a recurring dream of being menaced by men in animal masks, which may have something to do with Stella's being stalked by a nympho witch (Roxane Mesquida). Got that? Don't sweat it. Araki constructs the hot-blooded Kaboom as a high-wire act without a safety net. Go with it.

prev
Movie Review Main Next

ADD A COMMENT

Community Guidelines »
loading comments

loading comments...

COMMENTS

Sort by:
    Read More

    Movie Reviews

    More Reviews »
    Around the Web
    Powered By ZergNet
    Daily Newsletter

    Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

    Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
    marketing partners.

    X

    We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

    Song Stories

    “Vans”

    The Pack | 2006

    Berkeley, California rappers the Pack made their footwear choice clear in 2006 with the song "Vans." The track caught the attention of Too $hort, who signed them to his imprint. MTV refused to play the video for the song, though, claiming it was essentially a commercial for the product. Rapper Lil' B disagreed. "I didn’t know nobody [at] Vans," he said. "I was just a rapper who wore Vans." Even without MTV's support, Lil' B recognized the impact of the track. "God blessed me with such a revolutionary song… People around my age know who really started a lot of the dressing people are into now."

    More Song Stories entries »
    www.expandtheroom.com