ⓘ Surfer, Dude

Surfer, Dude

ⓘ Surfer, Dude

Surfer, Dude is a 2008 American comedy film directed by S.R. Bindler and starring Matthew McConaughey.

Woody Harrelson claims the film is the most "non-work" he has ever done. McConaughey and Harrelson, who previously appeared together in EDtv, later co-starred in HBOs True Detective.


1. Premise

Surfer, Dude is the story of Steve Addington, a soul-searching surfer who experiences an existential crisis when no waves come for over a month. While the waves are not arriving, producers are trying to get him to join a reality show. He refuses joining the show because his main focus is surfing and he keeps searching for the waves along the coast of California. The waves end up coming back a month later.


2. Cast

  • Willie Nelson as Farmer Bob
  • Travis Fimmel as Johnny Doran
  • Zachary Knighton as Brillo Murphy
  • Ramon Rodriguez as Lupe La Rosa
  • Nathan Phillips as Baker Smith
  • K. D. Aubert as April May
  • Sarah Wright as Stacey
  • Matthew McConaughey as Steve Addington
  • Scott Glenn as Alister Greenbough
  • Alexie Gilmore as Danni Martin
  • Todd Stashwick as Vic Hayes
  • Woody Harrelson as Jack Mayweather
  • Jeffrey Nordling as Eddie Zarno
  • John Terry as Mercer Martin

3. Soundtrack

  • "Coastline Journey" – Mishka
  • "Mother" – Xavier Rudd
  • "Fuk It" – Xavier Rudd
  • "Come Let Go" – Xavier Rudd
  • "Star-Spangled Banner" – Performed by Matthew McConaughey and Blake Neely
  • "Virgin Lust" – Higore
  • "3rd Eye Vision" – Mishka
  • "No Pants Required" – Nekal B.
  • "Este Amor" carnival version – Bermudez Triangle
  • "Chasing the Dream" – Daniel Heath
  • "Too Far Away" – Potent
  • "Thump It" – Daniel Heath
  • "The High" – Deep Sonic
  • "Run and Play" – Potent
  • "This Is My Life" – Psideralica
  • "Hip Hop Misfits" – The Dirty Heads
  • "Too Tired to Quit" – Nekal B.

4. Reception

Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 0% based on reviews from 18 critics. At Metacritic the film has an average score of 16 out of 100 based on reviews from 6 critics.

Michael Ordona of the Los Angeles Times stated that "The film is awash in doobies and breasts, cliched cinematic language and clumsy exposition. Its reminiscent of the stoner-culture movies of the late 60s and early 70s but without the naive fun." Stephen Farber of The Hollywood Reporter dismissed it as lackluster vanity production."