The Beach Bum Review

Matthew McConaughey drinks, smokes, has sex, and that’s about it in The Beach Bum.

It’s been a minute since the McConaissance came around and brought us excellent Matthew McConaughey movies like The Lincoln Lawyer, Dallas Buyers Club and Mud, and in the years since we’ve seen something of a McContraction, with stinkers like The Sea of Trees, Gold, The Dark Tower, and this year’s Serenity slinking in and out of theaters faster than one could drawl, “All right, all right, all right.” Does The Beach Bum, McConaughey’s new collaboration with indie maverick filmmaker Harmony Korine, signal the return of the former or the continuation of the latter? It’s hard to say.

One thing is for sure though: McConaughey leaves it all on the field in the movie, a languid comedy about a man named Moondog whose one-time fame as a writer and whose wife
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