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Loving this self-parody run that Matthew McConaughey seems to be on. This one's exactly what it looks like: a dumb, rambling stoner comedy with the aesthetics and approach of Spring Breakers.

Basically, whether you'll enjoy this movie or not depends on whether you'd enjoy hanging out with its scuzzy, narcissistic, constantly inebriated protagonist. There's not much to latch onto here if you don't enjoy random vignettes of cheerful and mostly mild debauchery. There's an inciting incident -- Moondog comes home for a wedding -- but the plot more or less disappears after a couple more beats and just follows Moondog along as everything goes right for him.

It looks great, and the whole thing's a lot of fun if you're on its wavelength. There's a notable supporting cast -- perpetually vaping Zac Efron with panini-inspired facial hair, Snoop Dogg with a bunch of weed (gasp), Jonah Hill with an aggressively terrible accent -- but the standout is Martin Lawrence, who's hilarious as a dolphin-obsessed boat captain who's unfortunately really, really dumb.

I like these dopey hangout movies a lot. This one was goofy and great, and I think it's cool to see a reasonably wide release for such a low-stakes little trifle, especially an R-rated one.


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Damn! You beat me to it, dude!

I'm looking forward to seeing this. It's one of the few movies I actually am looking forward to this year. I loved Spring Breakers, and this seems like a continuation of that style, albeit a lighter take. The cast is also super weird (not all good either) but seems like a fun fit for Korine, especially McConaughey.

I'll be watching it this weekend. I'll say I'm cautiously optimistic. I've got a historically love/hate relationship with Korine's films, with high benchmarks on the hate side of the spectrum. We'll see...


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What's your most-hated Korine movie, James?


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That I've seen, either Julien Donkey Boy or Mr. Lonely. Julien has a dark ending that almost redeems it, but Mr. Lonely feels a little too earnest to really hate on without feeling bad. The scenes I've seen from Trash Humpers appear to be the worst he's ever done; that one seems to be hated pretty much across the board. Even Gummo has a few I don't care for.

Honestly, it's individual scenes that I really can't stand, and since Korine makes vignettes films, those individual scenes add up into pretty uneven viewing experiences. Let's say anything with singing, dancing, catch phrases ("make it, don't fake it"), inane rambling, or generally improvisational/vaudeville-type shenanigans. On the other hand, many other scenes are dark, poignant, or just provide a unique snapshot of a certain kind of world that no one but Korine can really capture (some such scenes even contain the exact content I've listed as disliking). That's kind of the charm of his films for me at this point; since all his films are vignettes, you don't really have to like the whole thing and can take each little moment as it is.


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Has anyone seen.... The Ski Bum?

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067761/


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Loved this. Fun, chill, and silly. Korine has found a nice, relatively accessible niche for his unusual style. Low on plot, character development, etc. Not for everyone.


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Quoted from Demento
Has anyone seen.... The Ski Bum?


Heck yes! And I think it's a more than fair bet that Korine has too...


Quoted from James McClung
That's kind of the charm of his films for me at this point; since all his films are vignettes, you don't really have to like the whole thing and can take each little moment as it is.


This is a great way of summing up Korine's best contributions to film! We're very obsessed with consistency -- in plot, in tone, in characterization, etc. But people are inconsistent, and if you're observing a person honestly, the portrait will be as inconsistent as the person. Dark, funny, violent, shameful, etc. Trash Humpers is my least favourite for this reason -- it feels like the relentless emphasis on bad behaviour turns it into a bit of a one-note joke.


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