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321 Ratings

The Beach Bum

Directed by Harmony Korine
United States, 2019


The Beach Bum follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog, a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules.

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The Beach Bum Directed by Harmony Korine
The Beach Bum is barely a movie; it’s more of a joyous squiggle adorned with a paper cocktail umbrella, a “What did I just see?” dollar-store trinket. But in these dark times, it’s just the ticket.
March 28, 2019
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This dizzying, funny, and moving combination of a love for the creative process, and love for the bodies around them, suggest that Korine has finally found in his films the Heaven that his characters have always chased.
March 28, 2019
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The Beach Bum shows, once again, at tedious length, that nonconformity has its own tired tropes and its own stifling conformity.
March 28, 2019
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What are people saying?

  • El Biffo's rating of the film The Beach Bum

    Puzzling why anyone would make a film that deliberately ensures that no one would sympathize with the main character at all (I'm not going to dismiss the brutal attack of a disabled person for drinking money as "free-spirited"), making the remaining 75 minutes a struggle to sit through, as this person is celebrated for their hedonism. I came for the cinematography of Benoit Debie. See it in a theater or not at all.

  • MATTEO BITTANTI's rating of the film The Beach Bum

    Harmony Korine's masturbatory fantasies: introducing Fear and Loathing in Miami. Or, rather, GTA: Vice City starring Forrest Gump with phalluses, guns, and drugs. Korine co-opts the counterculture, repackaging it as a tame, unconvincing critique of capitalism (burn-baby-burn) to eulogize the white male asshole-genius who can do anything he wants because, well, he's a white male asshole-genius. Mar-a-lago, the movie.

  • Ghostman's rating of the film The Beach Bum

    Korine's warmest film, both literally & figuratively. Along with Mister Lonely, it's his most personal work yet. While that film was about what it's like to be a celebrity, this one is about what it's like to be a rich person and, I guess, an artist. It's interesting to me how Korine can have his cake & eat it too. Moondog is a shit but he's also a nice guy who knows how to have some fun. The ending is a curious one.

  • Ethan's rating of the film The Beach Bum

    This is a beautiful display of cosmic debauchery and chill times, all the while dealing with the shittiness of life with a stoned grin and a peaceful state of mind. McConaughey is nothing short of brilliant in this film and sometimes feels like this is what he would be like if he was a poet. The supporting cast is brilliant as well as this stoned hero navigates through this assortment of quirky stoned characters.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film The Beach Bum

    "The Beach Bum" is an experience that ever-so-beautifully compliments its lead character. Matthew McConaughey sinks into the role of a free-spirit, free of accountability and socialization, living unchained in a chaotic world. Harmony Korine enlists in an ensemble that fully embraces this, and from Snoop Dogg to Jimmy Buffett, we get a delightful bunch of loons. So lucid, so beautiful, and so elusive all the more.

  • Filipe F. Coutinho's rating of the film The Beach Bum

    If there were any doubts that Matthew McConaughey was born to play a free-wheeling, thrill-seeker, drug-fueled Floridian named Moondog, those doubts are crushed in the first ten minutes of Harmony Korine’s The Beach Bum. The remaining ninety are not much different. Even when the narrative takes a dark turn, or the stakes are raised, there’s a thick layer of c’est la vie coating the sun drenched Keys. (cont'd below)

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film The Beach Bum

    Acquired taste Korine does it again, but it is still one of his cheeriest and most pleasant films. Still as edgy as hell.

  • João Eça's rating of the film The Beach Bum

    white dudes being white dudes, that is, assholes. anti-capitalism and counter-culture seen from a child's point of view. the scene with the hoboes destroying the house reminded me of a Buñuel for idiots

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