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Adjusting to college can be tough. You never know who's single, straight, gay, bi, polysexual, a witch, a member of a doomsday cult or conspiracy, or if your roommate is cool with sharing hair- and skin-care products. Gregg Araki's Kaboom juggles all of the above in what seems like a free-loving mashup of Beverly Hills 90210 and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Smith (Thomas Dekker) wishes his roommate were gay, has sex with London (Juno Temple), who is open to anything except monogamy, and on the verge of his 19th birthday is plagued by recurring dreams about mysterious people and ominous closed doors. He runs into one of the dream people at a party and becomes the target of thugs wearing creepy animal masks. It almost cuts into his busy sex life when dead bodies start turning up around campus and his best friend Stella (Haley Bennett) is stalked by the clingy/needy lesbian witch whom she just dumped. Araki is known for edgy films (The Living End, Mysterious Skin), stories involving troubled teens (The Doom Generation) and a silly movie about drug use (Smiley Face). This ultimately light-hearted comedy/thriller strikes an oddly whimsical tone for a film balancing a teen-angst plotline, free-wheeling sexual mores and a wild fling with the occult. Tickets $7, students/seniors, $5 Zeitgeist members. — Will Coviello

April 22-28


9:30 p.m. Friday-Thursday

Zeitgeist Multi-Disciplinary Arts Center, 1618 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 827-5858;


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