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The Beach Bum

The Beach Bum
The Beach Bum
The Beach Bum
  • R
  • 1h 35m
  • 2019
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The Beach Bum follows the hilarious misadventures of Moondog (Matthew McConaughey), a rebellious rogue who always lives life by his own rules. Co-starring Snoop Dogg, Zac Efron, and Isla Fisher, The Beach Bum is a refreshingly original and subversive comedy from director Harmony Korine (Kids, Spring Breakers).
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: The role of a lifetime for Matthew McConaughey, The Beach Bum is set apart by Harmony Korine's distinctive style, but that isn't always enough to offset the unfocused story.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Booze, bongs, and breasts galore in "drugs are fun" comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Beach Bum is a comedy by Harmony Korine, who also directed the raunchy, over-the-top Spring Breakers. It focuses on a drug-addled, drunk philanderer named Moondog (Matthew McConaughey) who earns prestige and profit from his self-absorbed misdeeds. Every kind of parental concern is in full force here, especially the ideas that drug use brings out your creativity and that money can buy a lack of responsibility or concern for others. Even after Moondog's wife dies in a car accident while driving under the influence, he still drives, boats, and flies while either he or the pilot is smashed (which is most of the time). The sexual acts are graphic, the drug use is prolific (pot, cocaine, and more), the language is constant and crude ("f--k," "s--t," and much more), and the messages are appalling. Zac Efron co-stars as a preacher's son who thinks he's found a spiritual loophole -- i.e., that it's fine for him to commit crimes like attacking and robbing an elderly disabled man because Jesus already died for our sins. Other than Moondog's daughter, most of the women in the film are topless sexual accessories who seem to exist only for a man's pleasure.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:March 29, 2019
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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