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It is hard to believe an esteemed actor of Matthew McConaughey's abilities would allow his name to be tied to a dog like this movie. It has no redeeming value. In the script, the acting, the storyline or the cinematic score. -2
I liked the preview, but I did not expect what was presented. I can understand how the average American would hate on a movie like this---it was shocking and even revolting at times---and often sophomoric and moronic---but the writer/director likes to shock his audiences (his early work "Gummo"---horrible). The chronic substance abuse IS way overdone to the point of being cartoon-like---but that is the point here. This guy does whatever he wants and somehow manages to succeed in spite of himself. Beach Bum is not a film---it is a crude movie but still manages to be entertaining and relevant even to those whose value systems will be shocked.
Don't waste your time.
I can't believe someone spent
money to make this movie.
What a waste of time, money and
this is a very bad movie and your wasting your time with it. this is in my choice the worst movie of the year and worst movie of the century
Pretty bad film. Why does Hollywood worship alcoholics? Put them on some sort of pedestal of greatness, which they make this loser out to be. He's pathetic yet the screenplay makes him out to be some sort of genius and hero or our ages. I would have given it just half a star but one scene regarding a trombone play really made me laugh out loud. Otherwise be prepared with your fast forward button on the remote.
Bad! Do something else, anything else, for an hour and a half of your life.
This McConaughey's film reminds me of Joaquin Phoenix's 2014 Inherent Vice, that the protagonists are perpetual stoners. Rated Inherent Vice 4 stars for both excellent actors and an engaging story with characters that most viewers could loosely identify with. The Beach Bum on the other hand is a comedy about a clan of social perverse misfits displaying their culture of extreme self indulgence. McConaughey did a great job portraying an unconstrained stoner but unconvincingly as a creative award winning poet being habitually under the influence of weed, coke, alcohol and other brain lusts. Fault the script which exhibits no hint of Bob Dylan or Walt Whitman poetic genius, except the song lyrics from Jimmy Buffett to Gordon Lightfoot.
Note: If you enjoy this film, likely the Elisabeth Moss's 2019 "Her Smell" as well.
In a perverse way, you have to admire this inane, disgusting mess: it sure is balanced -- every aspect from the writing and directing, to the acting and film editing, is similarly awful. Cannot imagine how the producers thought The Beach Bum would be in any way useful to the world. And how could experienced actors not read the script and immediately say, "No, thank you"?