Speaking of monumental bails, Matthew McConaughey’s latest movie, Surfer, Dude, appears to have been a complete wipeout. Jeff Spicoli retains his crown as the most prolific surfer stoner in film history.
Surfer, Dude, a six million dollar independent movie starring McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson and Alexie Gilmore opened on a limited release basis on September 12th and was completely gone by September 19th.
The movie has numerous connections to professional surfing. McConaughey’s surfing is done by Keith Malloy. It also appears that the ever charismatic Brad Gerlach is in the film. The film also co-opted (or stole, depending on your point of view) the use of Greg Noll’s famous ‘jailhouse’ black and white striped surf trunks.
Keeping the budget in mind (no budget = no marketing, promotion or access to movie theaters), the lack of success is fairly surprising considering the movie’s immense star-power. One would think a shirtless McConaughey, the eccentric Woody Harrelson, marijuana references with Willie Nelson, surfing and attractive women in bikinis would be enough to keep the movie in theaters for at least two weeks. The movie was even produced by McConaughey and Tom Hanks.
According to Rottentomatoes.com, the movie was completely flat.
Nonetheless, the movie is still required watching for action sports fans. The DVD is scheduled to be released on December 30th. You can pre-order your copy here.
Steve Addington (Matthew McConaughey), long-boarding, herb-totting, soul-surfer, returns to Malibu for the summer to find his hometown vibe corrupted. New sponsorship demands the surfer expand into Virtual-Reality Video Games and Reality TV. Unwilling to participate in this new digital-reality, Addington chooses to stay earthen and analog, surfing majestic So-Cal waves. But in a biblical twist-of-fate, the waves go flat and stay flat. Out of money, his sponsored expense-accounts canceled, betrayed by his buddies, the waveless Addington is backed into a harsh corner. He must endure the insanity of the wave drought or give into the Man and his reality-altering machines and pre-packaged amusements. Aided and abetted by his manager (Woody Harrelson), his mentor (Scott Glenn), his guardian-angel (Willie Nelson) and his summer lover, (Alexie Gilmore), Addington has a high-quality chance of keeping his cool, maintaining his mellow and bringing harmony to his fractured and waveless world. It won’t be easy.