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Kaboom

Year: 2010
Production Co: Why Not Productions
Director: Gregg Araki
Producer: Gregg Araki
Writer: Gregg Araki
Cast: Thomas Dekker, Haley Bennett, Juno Temple, Chris Zylka

Lines like 'dude, it's a vagina, not a bowl of spaghetti' will make you laugh out loud, and the what's-going-on Hitchcock-ness will do the rest. I don't know Gregg Araki's work very intimately, but I've always assumed he was just another sex-obsessed outsider auteur more interested in visuals than narrative.

But the story – of a group of college students trying to figure out the mystery of their origins while leaping from one bed to another – is engaging enough to hold you until the end.

Smith (Dekker) (not his last name) is best friends with sardonic Stella (Bennett). He's mostly gay but embarks on an affair with the perky London (Temple) while lusting after his gorgeous but dumb surfer roommate Thor (Zylka) and visiting a nude beach for sex with a married swinger who looks like the Old Spice Guy.

He's also having strange visions of guys in animals masks chasing him (and James Duval is indeed in the film as a stoner older age student – maybe as a nod to Donnie Darko but maybe not) and keeps dreaming about a mysterious red haired girl.

It seems he and Stella are being targeted by a cult that employs magic and psychic powers. You're never sure if the sexy revenant girlfriend Stella's desperately trying to break it off with is real or not but everything mostly makes sense and ties together.

In fact, it comes to such an outlandish conclusion the journey is more interesting than the destination, but the indie spirit gives an honest plot full flight.

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