The Beach Bum

The Beach Bum

The Beach Bum

Matthew McConaughey is Moondog, a writer and a stoner, living by his own rules in this comedy from Spring Breakers director Harmony Korine. Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher and Zac Efron co-star.

2019Rating: MA15+, Strong themes, drug use, sex and coarse language95 minsUSA, France, UK, Switzerland
ComedyFestival & Independent

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The Beach Bum / Reviews

Stuff

Stuff

Seemingly channelling an older version of his Dazed and Confused character Wooderson, McConaughey seems to be having a ball ("I just want to have a good time, suck the nectar out of life," is Moondog's philosophy), it's just a pity audiences aren't likely to share his delight.

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Time Out

Time Out

You'll need a lot of patience - or weed - to stick with Harmony Korine's paper-thin, larky portrait of a literary bum in crisis.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

There's something haunting, and quietly lacerating, about McConaughey's portrait of a man who has effectively anesthetised himself to pain, who has made the pleasure principle an all-consuming philosophy.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

What "The Beach Bum" celebrates as transgression is pure tedium. What it takes for divine lunacy is frat house doggerel.

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Variety

Variety

Such hedonism isn't irredeemable in and of itself, and yet, one wishes Korine were interested in more than just testing boundaries.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

In The Beach Bum, the writer-director turns his observational eye and provocateur verve to a Miami community of misfits, who chase bliss in sex, drugs and misadventures.

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Screen Daily

Screen Daily

At his best, Korine is an outsider artist speaking to the misfit within each of us - or, alternatively, making us recoil at the horrors lodged inside society's collective unconscious. But with "The Beach Bum," he's also trying our patience.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

I, admittedly, had a hard time getting on its woozy wavelength. But The Beach Bum is a work of undeniable commitment and craft...

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