The Beach Bum (2019)

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The Beach Bum is odd… Really, quite odd.

A rebellious stoner named Moondog lives life by his own rules.”

Matthew McConaughey plays Moondog, the titular beach bum, and all round man-child, who lives his life bumming around, and mooching off his wife, played by Isla Fisher.

Elsewhere, Snoop Dogg plays basically an exaggerated version of himself, Jonah Hill is nearly unrecognisable as Lewis, and Martin Lawrence makes a comical appearance as Captain Wack.

The cast is actually quite great, the cinematography is equally great, it’s the pace that brings it down.

It’s slow and plodding mostly, and when something of note does happen, it sort of comes out of nowhere, and in most cases, doesn’t do much to further the plot.  Case in point, the funny but ridiculous scenes featuring Martin Lawrence.

I didn’t hate the movie, I just didn’t love it.  It could have been much better.

5/10

Review by Rick Trewin

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