Ever since The Beach Bum was announced, I’ve followed its production religiously, soaking each derelict morsel of casting news and on-set anecdotes as they trickle onto the internet. The ingredients for an all-time cult classic are there: director/writer Harmony Korine following his 2013 breakout Spring Breakers, Matthew McConaughey playing a rebellious stoner named Moondog, Zac Efron’s trash-posh facial hair, Snoop Dogg, the wonderfully sleazy backdrop of south Florida. How could you not want all of that right now.
The trailer for the film dropped today and let me tell you. It didn’t disappoint.
I’m not sure what I love more: whatever Southern playboy/former Ole Miss fraternity president accent Jonah Hill’s doing, or Snoop Dogg telling Moondog he looks like shit dog, only for McConaughey to reply, “Ah, I look how I always look.” As Indiewire writes, “McConaughey and his character Moondog are destined to be stoner movie legends.”
In case you had any doubt, McConaughey has already shared stories about Snoop Dogg trading out the prop weed on set with real marijuana, which McConaughey called, getting “Snooped.” Korine has also stated his intention to screen the movie in hotboxed theaters, a.k.a. ones filled with marijuana smoke, so viewers can fully experience the film. You could say the movie is embracing its marijuana roots pretty heavy and we’re here for it.
Beach Bum will screen at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival before hitting theaters March 29.