The Beach Bum (2019)

The 2019 stoner comedy “The Beach Bum,” directed by Harmony Korine, was filmed in Miami and the Florida Keys. The film stars Matthew McConaughey as Moondog, a man who indulges in every form of pleasure and debauchery he can find. Early in the film, Moondog joins a singer on the stage of the Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West, where he sings and recites a new poem he wrote. The bar and restaurant, which calls itself a “last little piece of Old Key West,” is a local favorite, with frequent musical performers. What is seen in the film is not unlike the real experience.

LOCATION: 202 William St, Key West, FL 33040

Before heading up to Miami, Moondog feeds a stray cat some water at the Hogfish Bar and Grill. This is another local favorite just outside of Key West and well worth a visit.

LOCATION: 6810 Front St, Stock Island, FL 33040

Moondog’s house, where he lives with his wealthy wife Minnie, played by Ilsa Fisher, can be found on the famed Star Island in Miami Beach. Moondog is seen approaching the home on a boat, where he climbs up onto the property. While Star Island isn’t technically private, it does have a guarded entrance and you’ll have to speak with the guard in order to gain access. There are many boat tours that will take you around the island, however. Just disregard their information about filming locations, as most of it is fabricated and incorrect.

LOCATION: 46 W Star Island Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139

This area is shown in quite a few scenes of the film.

The front of the house is briefly shown in one scene, as Moondog approaches on a bicycle as some police officers stand outside.

Ken Park (2002)

Larry Clark’s controversial 2002 film “Ken Park,” written by Harmony Korine, was filmed primarily in the town of Visalia, California.  The opening credits show a montage of the titular character, Ken Park, riding his skateboard around Visalia.

Ken passes this mural at the corner of S Court St and E Acequia Ave, which surprisingly remains unchanged nearly twenty years later.

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LOCATION: 116 S Court St, Visalia, CA 93291

He jumps his skateboard off these stairs at Redwood High School.

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LOCATION: 1001 W Main St, Visalia, CA 93921

He then passes the Visalia Community Covenant Church.

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LOCATION: 315 N Conyer St, Visalia, CA 93291

He then makes his way to Provident Skatepark, where the montage ends in violence.  The skatepark is still open and actively used by skaters.  While it is listed as being on W Murray Ave, it is easiest to access by driving along N Jacob St.  A building blocks the view, but if you turn next to the railroad tracks and drive down what looks like a parking lot, you’ll reach the park.

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LOCATION: 1035 W Murray Ave, Visalia, CA 93291

One scene not filmed in Visalia is when Claude’s abusive father, along with his buddy, go out trying to pick up prostitutes at Circus Liquor, located in North Hollywood.  The liquor store and large clown sign was also seen in “Clueless,” “The Living End,” the 2005 remake of “The Bad News Bears” and Snoop Dogg’s music video for “Murder Was the Case.”

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LOCATION: 5600 Vineland Ave, North Hollywood, CA 91601

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