Reviewer: James van Maanen
Rating (out of 5): * * * -1/2 (up it a half-star if you're already an Araki fan)
Be still my heart (and certain other appendages)! KABOOM is out on DVD, and a funnier, sexier, goofier, goosier good time I have not had since last year's delight, Women in Trouble. I wonder, in fact, if Kaboom's writer/director Gregg Araki sees, as do I, any similarities in the two films. Their styles are certainly different, and while Women's filmmaker Sebastian Gutierrez concentrates on the gals, the porn industry and some lesbian fun, Araki gives us gals and guys. Though he makes certain you know his main boy is at least accidentally ambi-sexual, this kid's fantasies always seem to go gay.
What unites the two films is the state they put the viewer in by the end of the experience: a kind of joyful, giddy, beaming pleasure. Watching them is like taking a vacation, not just from life but from most other movies. They're not guilty pleasures because -- stylish, smart, and very well-written, directed and acted -- they're guilt-free. Araki is also quite transgressive.