‘The Beach Bum’ Film Review: Matthew McConaughey Burns Out in Harmony Korine’s Aimlessly Downbeat Comedy

‘The Beach Bum’ Film Review: Matthew McConaughey Burns Out in Harmony Korine’s Aimlessly Downbeat Comedy
“He may be a jerk, but he’s a great man. He’s brilliant,” says Heather (Stefania Lavie Owen), the neglected daughter of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), in “The Beach Bum,” Harmony Korine’s latest exploration of charismatic and hedonistic human disasters. Heather’s father is an acclaimed poet, his artistic genius seemingly on the wane, who lives in South Florida like Hunter S. Thompson if he were a character in Korine’s fractured comedy about middle-American weirdness, “Trash Humpers.”

That Moondog isn’t trying to have sex with garbage cans and mailboxes would seem more a case of it having slipped his drug-addled mind, rather than a distaste for the practice itself. Moondog is also quite rich, much like James Franco’s character in Korine’s “Spring Breakers,” thanks to having married money in the form of the sexually voracious Minnie (Isla Fisher), whose emotional and physical adoration of her
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