The Beach Bum (2019)

The Beach Bum
Director: Harmony Korine
Writer: Harmony Korine
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher, Stefania LaVie Owen, Martin Lawrence, Zac Efron, Jonah Hill, Jimmy Buffett
Seen on: 8.4.2019

Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) is a poet who has become somewhat of a local legend. He lives a life of leisure, ambling around the Florida Keys, every once in a while even writing something. He can afford this thanks to his wife Minnie (Isla Fisher). Their marriage is not really happy though, with Moondog sleeping with any woman he meets and Minnie having an affair with Moondog’s friend Lingerie (Snoop Dogg). Moondog and Minnie’s daughter Heather (Stefanie LaVie Owen) is about to get married and when Moondog misbehaves at her wedding, he not only angers Heather, it sets a chain of events in motion that changes things for Moondog.

I was doubtful about watching The Beach Bum – it didn’t seem like my kind of film at all. But it is a film by Harmony Korine, so I wanted to give it a try anyway. Unfortunately, I should have listened to the doubtful voices in my head – they were right. The Beach Bum is so not my film.

The film poster showing Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) very big, surrounded by other characters of the film, much smaller.


What can I say? I’m just not that into stoner comedies. They are simply not that funny to me, which might be related to the fact that weed just doesn’t do it for me. I was hoping that The Beach Bum might be more than that (because there is usually more ot the Korine films I’ve seen), but it wasn’t. It simply totters from high to rush and back again.

The film does have absolutely fantastic cinematography – it really looks great. And McConaughey is pitch-perfect as Moondog. Minnie is the best character, if you ask me – I really liked her and her relationship with Moondog was interesting. But unfortunately, she isn’t allowed to stay very long.

Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) on a boat with Lingerie (Snoop Dogg).

Because obviously Minnie has to die for Moondog to get a kick in the butt and get the film going. Which, once again, reminded me of the old internet saying “look, it’s my favorite genre: woman dies, so man learns something about himself” (if I ever find the original post this is from, I have to frame it somewhere). Because that is just what this film is and argh.

Overall that makes the film mostly annoying and a little tough for me. I wish I had better things to say about it, but unfortunately not.

Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) sitting on the beach in a floral dress and a captain's hat with a typewriter in front of him.

Summarizing: skip it.

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