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The Big Lebowski

A comedy movie directed by Ethan and Joel Coen

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The Big Lebowski

  • Mar 15, 2011
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Something about The Big Lebowski just seems eerily perfect. I love the Coens filmography I have seen, and I think that The Big Lebowski is definitely their best work thus far. I haven't seen Fargo yet though, so I could very well change my opinion with a viewing of it though. The Big Lebowski is easily one of the best film-noir comedies ever made and one of the greatest comedy of all time. It may not be perfect, but it balances a great story, a great dream sequence, readily quotable lines, and some great comedic performances.

For those of you who don't know, The Big Lebowski is about Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), an unemployed slacker who is attacked by two thugs who claim that his wife owes money, even though he isn't married, and one of them even pees on his rug. It turns out that they were talking about ANOTHER Jeffrey "The Big" Lebowski, a millionaire who's nymphomaniac wife Bunny is the money-ower. Bunny gets kidnapped and The Big Lebowski arranges for The Dude to be the courier of the money. This is a failure and I won't give much else away from the plot outside the fact that there's also a subplot about The Dude and his bowling buddies Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi).

The film is hilarious, thanks to a great script from the Coen Brothers. However, the script would only be pretty good if the comedic performances didn't breathe life into it. Namely, the comedic performances of Jeff Bridges and John Goodman, and to an extent, Julianne Moore. Every single line in this movie is hilarious and quotable, and I was laughing from beginning to end. Anyway, the great script was as I expected from the Coens, so there was absolutely no surprise. My personal favourite line was "the rug really tied the room together." I'm sure if you've seen the movie you have a favourite, but you can feel free to share in the comments.

The film is also very well-acted, especially from the two leading men. Jeff Bridges playing the role of The Dude has become iconic and his performance as well as his fantastically written character has everything to do with that. John Goodman and Steve Buscemi are also fantastic in their roles as The Dude's bowling buddies, especially Goodman as Walter, the guy who single-handedly screws up the delivery of the money, but I won't say any further about them. The guy who played the other Lebowski was okay though, although not very special. The only other noteworthy performance was Julianne Moore as Lebowski's daughter Maude. She was also quite funny as the outlandish Maude. All in all, the performances were good.

All in all, if you haven't seen TBL, I would strongly encourage you to acquire a bullwhip and give yourself thirteen lashes for not having seen it. Haha just kidding, although I consider this a must-see and I would recommend it to pretty much anyone. Its hilarious, and one of the greatest movies of all time. You can definitely expect it to pop up pretty far up on the Favourite Movies of All Time list. In short, a fantastic movie.

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review by . January 10, 2011
**** out of ****      Is it fair to call a film "great" purely based on directorial perfection? Is it really right to consider a cult film a "classic"? I questioned each and every one of these things while watching Joel and Ethan Coen's massive cult masterpiece "The Big Lebowski", and when the credits rolled, the brothers had answered all of my questions. But it took more than one sit-down to realize just why people so closely follow The Dude's …
review by . February 25, 2010
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review by . July 13, 2010
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Dude, the chinaman is not the issue here...
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review by . July 13, 2010
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best comedy ever.
What Pompted You to write a Review?   I couldn't stop laughing when i saw this movie.This movie made me try my first white russian tahnk you big lebowski for introducing me to that drink.     How was the Plot, Acting, Direction?   That was an orignal plot that realy pulled all the comedy together.     Were You ENTERTAINED?   I have seen the movie 20 times and i still laugh.     Did It Fulfill Expectations? Hype …
review by . July 13, 2010
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When I first saw this movie I was fairly young, enough so that I didn't really get the humor. But, only now after watching it again can I really see how great a movie this is, from fever dreams about bowling with the gods to scattering of "Donny's" ashes flying back into Jeff Bridges face, this is a funny movie. But, then again, can you expect anything less from the Coen brothers? The plot is great, the acting is quirky but funny, and direction just as good.      …
review by . July 10, 2010
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This movie is a Coen Brother classic. It follows a man known as "The Dude" through a series of mishaps that all happen because his real name happens to be Mr. Lebowski. In classic Coen brothers style, There are plenty of intertwining plot lines that require you to have a flow chart ready, but once again, all is explained in the end. This movie is a prime example of the videography that I have come to associate with The Coen Brothers. But i will say, it isn't for everyone. It can be …
Quick Tip by . October 07, 2010
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I just don't understand why anyone ever laughs at this. People whose opinions I trust all call me an idiot, but ... you can't laugh at what ain't funny.
review by . May 11, 2010
   Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is an unemployed slacker whose only interest is bowling with his moronic friends (John Goodman and Steve Buscemi).  He becomes involved in a kidnapping case when he is mistaken for a millionaire also named Lebowski.  Mayhem ensues. I had heard for years that this was a Great Movie, a piece of Film Art from the Coen Brothers.  So much for my curiosity.  If you like your movies PG like I do, this is a movie to avoid …
Quick Tip by . July 26, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
I have watched the movie more times than I can remember and it remains sharp and funny. Don't watch it cut for TV, it just doesn't make sense.
Quick Tip by . July 21, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
The Coen brothers never go wrong and with the Dude you'll be drinking white Russians til you're sick
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The Coen brothers have done it again. Mixing in Leninist philosophy, mistaken identity, crazy characters, a kidnapping plot, and a deep love of bowling, they have unleashed upon an unsuspecting world the many glories of THE BIG LEBOWSKI. Jeff Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski, known as the Dude, a laid-back, easygoing burnout who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of dangerous people a whole bunch of money--resulting in the Dude having his rug soiled, sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld.

The film is beautiful to look at, especially the scenes in the bowling alley, which feature a vast array of bizarre characters--including Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Sam Elliott, and the movie-stealing, riotously funny John Goodman as the Dude's crazy best buddy. As usual in Coen brothers films (BARTON FINK, RAISING ARIZONA), the dialogue is hysterically warped; the plot is confusing, complicated, and kinetic; the soundtrack is virtually another character; and th...
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Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: 6 March 1998 (USA)
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Runtime: 117 min
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