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DVD Review: Surfer, Dude

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
December 23rd, 2008

Rating: 3/10

While there's no doubt that Matthew McConaughey put everything he had into making this movie, some things are just better left on the beach, you might say.  SURFER, DUDE aimed to achieve a certain status that only a handful of films have ever really achieved, and that is to be considered a stoner movie classic...or at least that's what I hope was going on, because otherwise it is just a mess of bad acting and bad plot.  Coming from a director who is more known for the great documentary HANDS ON A HARD BODY, and the cinematographer behind THIRTEEN, LORDS OF DOGTOWN, and I AM SAM, you would hope that the flick would actually be watchable, but in the end it seems like it was just a waste of all the time everyone put into it.

With that said, it IS possible to turn this into a classic cannabis classic if you've got the DVD.  Take a few rips and start listening to the feature commentary provided by McConaughey himself and you're sure to find his astute analysis of how awesome his movie is HILARIOUS.  As usual, the deleted scenes are nothing too important, but the real winner is the "making of" featurettes which show our good friend Matthew along with all of his friends enjoying the beach life while also kind-of trying to make a movie at the same time.  For whatever reason, McConaughey is much more endearing as himself than as a guy in a movie that's just a lot like him, and these making of spots really convey that point.  Trust me, if you're sober and NOT obsessed with Matthew McConaughey, skip this...but if you enjoy "playing disc golf" as I've heard it said before, "play some disc golf", skip the movie itself, and just breeze through the special features.

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