Not Too Much Movie Review: The Beach Bum (2019)

Not Too Much Movie Review: The Beach Bum (2019)

March 31, 2019 Off By Nick Muldoon

Director: Harmony Korine
Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Snoop Dogg, Isla Fisher

I’ve always been a fan of Harmony Korine and his weirdo outsider art that perhaps peaked for me with 2013’s ‘Spring Breakers’, a film that was at one an absolutely scathing subversive critique of American culture in 2013 while also just being a total assault on the senses. It remains one of my favorite films of the decade.

The Beach Bum, however, is more low-key Korine but still a very interesting film. This one seems to be less interested in ideas than it is in just telling an odd ball character story that feels informed by both it’s star, McConaughey and by Korine’s life as well. It’s a film that unabashedly celebrates hedonism but also has more warmth than probably anything Korine has ever written before.

Almost nobody in this film is villainous or a monster, just everyone is kind of trying to exist in this oddball world and we observe. It’s maybe a bit too long and self-indulgent at times, but it’s still a fun curiosity

Also some stellar supporting roles from Zac Efron and Jonah Hill.

3.5 Not Too Much Guys out of 5

-Nick Muldoon (@nmuldoon)