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If the term "Lebenskünstler" applies to someone, then to Moondog (Matthew McConaughey). The poet lives on the Florida Keys into the day, intoxicated by alcohol, drugs and beautiful women. He doesn't care about conventions - and that's exactly why his wealthy wife Minnie (Isla Fisher) loves him. For Moondog, things couldn't be better - until an accident tears Minnie out of life. But Moondog won't get your fortune. Unless he finally finishes his new book, which he's been planning for many years. For Moondog this is the beginning of a crazy attempt to continue enjoying his life so carefree, which brings him together with weird contemporaries and lets him experience truly crazy things…
"Beach Bum" is Harmony Korine's new film, "Spring Breakers", which has recently confirmed his status as a cult director - at least among his admirers. The story of the permanently stumped poet Moondog is also weird and unadapted again, but much more accessible and not quite as annoying as "Spring Breakers". However, both movies have in common that many viewers who don't like the style of the unconventional filmmaker will ask themselves what the whole thing is all about. The For although there is at least something like a story here, the narrative style is more episodic and also a little bit confusing. This may fit to the character of Moondog, but it's also a little bit exhausting for the viewer.
Always: some really amusing scenes and especially Matthew McConaughey's play make the movie quite entertaining at times. But as much as it is a pleasure to watch the actors in their good-humoured escapades against a wonderful backdrop, the whole thing can also be tiring in the long run. Neither the story nor the characters have a real development. However - and this has to be said quite clearly - nobody who likes the style of Harmony Korine will mind. The filmmaker must be credited for having managed to shoot a comedy that is clearly more oriented towards mass taste than his last films, without betraying his very own way of storytelling.
In this respect, "Beach Bum" has what it takes, at least among Korine fans, to become a cult film. A very off-beat work with a wonderful Matthew McConaughey, which will be a lot of fun for its target audience. For viewers who are more into conventional comedy food, the whole thing is a bit too bulky and exhausting. And that's why there's only one: Worth seeing with some concessions!
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