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
76%
want to see

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Reviews & comments

Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

2.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

Variety

Variety

press

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

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Stuff

Stuff

press

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.

2.0
Time Out

Time Out

press

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.

2.0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

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.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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

Variety

Variety

press

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

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

4.0
Screen Daily

Screen Daily

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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