In Harmony Korine’s surprisingly sweet stoner comedy The Beach Bum, Matthew McConaughey bleats like a sheep and rarely opens his eyes all the way. He plays Moondog, a sensualist writer who follows the world where it takes him – into bars, onto boats, after every next joint that will let him experience the world just a bit cooler.
Where drug-fuelled stories often rhyme with disaster and darkness, Korine’s take captures the blissful coming-up period, whimsically cackling along with every wondrous good vibe such a heightened state has to give. The Beach Bum is hazy and relaxed, never neurotic or cautious about the dangers of straying from the status quo.
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