The Big Lebowski

Stars Jeff Bridges and John Goodman. A case of mistaken identity throws a slacker's life into turmoil.
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numbah16tdhaha
01/25/2014

The Big Lebowski 5

Mark it Zero...

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PCPeter774
07/09/2011

The Big Lebowski 5

Not for everyone. However, if you can get into the quirky and dark nature of the film you will love it. One of the better examples of dark humor in the past 15 years.

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lorax210
06/16/2009

The Big Lebowski 5

The Big Lebowski may be an acquired taste, especially with the liberal use of the f-word, drug and alcohol use, and seemingly-psychotic tirades from Walter, a Vietnam vet, played by Goodman.

The trick is to get past the initial viewing(s), until you notice little masterpieces, like how the conversations of Bridges, Goodman, and Steve Bouchemi are snippets and phrases orchestrated to weave and bob and overlap. With even the smaller roles being played by talented, known actors, even the worst storyline can be raised. And the story ain't bad to start.

Then there's many quirky little bits that amuse, only perceptible with repeated viewing. Here's one: Near the beginning, in the store, there's a tv broadcasting former president Bush Sr., saying, "this will not stand, this aggression against Kuwait..." Then, later, during a difficult situation, Bridges says, "this will not stand, man, this aggression against the Dude..."

Personally, I tend toward philosophical contemplation. Like the friendship of a 60s hippie and a Vietnam soldier. The representation of capitalism, communism, socialism, fascism, and nihilism by characters. None of this is thrown in your face, but discoverable, and it's this interactivity that keeps me coming back. Even in writing this review, I realize a new interesting tidbit: the three men that Goodman, as character Walter Sobchek, keeps referring to as a "bunch of f-ing amateurs" make up the majority of the few amateur actors in the cast. Brah-voh.

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TrezKu13
06/14/2009

The Big Lebowski 3

There are many movies like this. I mean those movies which, upon their release, reach almost cult fandom. You'll find people out there who know every line, every action, and ever intricate part of the film. There will be fans of the movie who are so enthusiastic about it that they make Al Qaeda look like a bunch of casual believers who visit the mosque every other Friday. Finally, of course, you are engulfed with so much praise for the film that, out of mere peer pressure, you have to see the movie. And then, as the end credits roll, you lay back with a sigh and say to yourself...

"THAT was IT?!"

"The Big Lebowski" is a film about a lazy, casual man known as "the Dude" who happens to have the last name of a wealthy man named Lebowski. Having some thugs mistakenly attack him instead, and subsequently urinate on his carpet, Dude heads over to Lebowski's mansion to get a replacement rug. Acquiring a rug (rather cunningly) Dude is later recalled by Lebowski for an urgent manner: Lebowski's trophy wife has been kidnapped, and Dude is hired to deliver the money to the kidnappers.

What happens next is an episodic story in which Dude deals with the estranged friends and family of the kidnapped wife, as well as dealing with the often counterproductive help of his friends. There's the nihilist Germans who done the kidnapping, the crazy feminist daughter of Lebowski, and Dude's own unstable Vietnam veteran friend. The majority of the cast are competent in their roles: Jeff Bridges is fantastic as Lebowski, Steve Buscemi is nice as the under appreciated friend, and John Goodman does an excellent role as the somewhat cliche Vietnam vet. Goodman's role is constantly in danger of being typical (let's face it, the whacked out Vietnam vet shtick got tiring with Rambo), but the writers and Goodman manage to come up with some new material.

The problem with episodic stories is that they can either work when everything comes together at the end, or they can feel like a dragged out series of ministories - while many of the Coen Bros. films have fallen into the former group, "The Big Lebowski," unfortunately, falls into the latter. The main plot of the kidnapping becomes a bit vague, and as you're thrown into the ensemble cast it becomes even more so, and much of the film consists of just new characters being introduced. Unlike their later film "O Brother Where Art Thou," many of these characters serve no purpose: the private detective is the greatest offender, serving no purpose and not even presenting any laughs; the porn producer doesn't seem to do anything at all to the plot; and the character of pedophile bowler Jesus, while funny, introduces a subplot that never gets resolved and therefore gives the ending a bit of an unfinished feel. Sam Eliot, doing what Sam Eliot does best, comes in as a cowboy both at the beginning, middle and end to narrate the film. Because the plot drags on so much the film feels too long, and just as the main villains are defeated they taunt you even more with an extended scene involving a character's death. Midway through I was reminded of an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 where Tom Servo, flabbergasted by the slowness of the film's plot, turned to his costars and asked, "Shouldn't this be over?" When Sam Eliot appears at the end you're overjoyed to see him, and like seeing Christ descending from the clouds you'll happily say to yourself, "It is finished!"

Die-hard fans of "The Big Lebowski" should not jump to hasty conclusions about my opinion of the film - they're not entirely negative. "Lebowski" is actually a really funny film, and many of the characters, such as Goodman's Walter, are hysterical in their own rights. The Coen Bros. have their own brand of comedy, and while some people hate it I happen to love it. If pulling out a handgun because you want someone to mark down 0 for a bowling score doesn't make you laugh, then this probably isn't the film for you - but if it makes you laugh like it did me, then you'll find the film even a little bit fun. Likewise, Jeff Bridges portrayal of Dude and his delivery is so spot on that lines which would normally never get laughs give you laughs, and I credit Bridges with the fine job he did in the film.

"The Big Lebowski" is a funny comedy, and I would say it's worth a one-time viewing. Unfortunately, it's not the major classic that I've often heard people pontificate it was, and it shouldn't be viewed as "Duck Soup" for a new generation. The plot has plenty of room for coherency, and the length some room for trimming, but if you're bored and looking for something to pass the time with, this may be the film for you. Just don't try to disappoint yourself.

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JohnAdamsErvin
05/24/2009

The Big Lebowski 5

The individual DVD arrived very efficiently and in perfect condition. "The Big Lebowski" is one of my favorite movies and I'm glad to finally own it. The only complaint is that the "menu" - such as it was - consisted of two options for viewing the film (widescreen or full screen) and nothing else. Otherwise, the disc was in great condition and I recommend the seller highly.

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twansalem
05/18/2009

The Big Lebowski 3

I watched it this weekend while Mrs. Twan was hanging out with her sisters, as she'd already seen it, said it was stupid, and had no desire to see it again. It was entertaining, and there were a few hilarious moments. John Goodman's part as Walter might have been the best character in the movie. But I have trouble seeing how anyone would think that this is destined to become a classic, and I also don't understand how anyone would think this is the dumbest movie ever made.

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www.alanstarr. com
05/18/2009

The Big Lebowski 1

I absolutely love most Coen Brothers movies, but when I tried to watch this one when it first came out, I hated it. Wanted to give it another try, given its rise in popular culture to iconic level. Unfortunately, I still hated it. Didn't like 'The Dude', didn't find it funny, and didn't care for the plot. For the second time, I turned it off before getting halfway into it. I just don't get it.

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irishprincess3 279
05/15/2009

The Big Lebowski 3

not one of my faves.

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ayn
05/12/2009

The Big Lebowski 3

Another movie I have yet to see, I hear its awesome though.

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sk4u2009
05/12/2009

The Big Lebowski 3

It was alright, not one of my faves.

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Astromike
05/12/2009

The Big Lebowski 3

It had its moments.

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santacruznG
05/11/2009

The Big Lebowski 5

all time classic movie you can watch ten times over and still laugh a must see movie... enjoy!

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Nina2542
05/05/2009

The Big Lebowski 4

You have to enjoy movies like Half-baked and the like to enjoy this flick. Definitely one that you will be quoting soon after watching.

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caroline112
12/29/2008

The Big Lebowski 1

if i could rate lower than 1 i would

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The Big Lebowski 5

Not quite the success the Coen Brothers hoped it would be when it was at the theatres, The Big Lebowski is arguably the best movie the Coens have ever made. A strange plot, numerous subplots, dialogue (often rife with expletives), and not to mention great acting by everyone involved makes this cult comedy classic one for the ages. And all this using, among other things, a bowling alley for much of the backdrop? Pure genius!

Admittedly, though, The Big Lebowski ought to be watched more than once. You can actually catch something new each time.

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Sample Dialogue from The Big Lebowski:

Dude: Walter, what is the point? Look. We all know who is at fault here. What the f--k are you talking about?

Walter: Huh? No! What the f--k are you? I'm not...we're talking about unchecked aggression here, Dude. 

Donny: What the f--k is he talking about?

Dude: My rug!!!

Walter: Forget it, Donny, you're out of your element!

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sperryc
10/23/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

first of all, I find the blurb above ("A case of mistaken identiy throws a slacker's life into turmoil") to be perfect.  It's how I will describe the movie to anyone who hasn't seen it from now on.

I have seen this movie 200 times.  I am not exaggerating.  I'm watching it right now.  I think Jeff Bridges was born for this role.  That is not an insult.  The movie is pure genius.

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The Masked Cracka
08/19/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

the dude lives on

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tiredofevry1
07/14/2008

The Big Lebowski 3

no

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**KUIANA**
07/14/2008

The Big Lebowski 1

have not seen

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bella552
07/04/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

dude....

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jmshockey021
07/04/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

The Dude Abides

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Caleb983
06/25/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

Great Great Movie! Jeff Bridges and John Goodman are hilarious! Steve Buscemi, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, etc...all great!

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The Big Lebowski 1

Who?

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®å©îñ Gî®l
06/23/2008

The Big Lebowski 1

I have no idea

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Oo Michelle oO
06/18/2008

The Big Lebowski 4

I wanna see this one again.

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Jack-Azz
06/17/2008

The Big Lebowski 3

never seen this either but heard great things about it...

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georges11
06/14/2008

The Big Lebowski 4

jeff bridges was very likable and funny in this movie. it had some strange spots but it was pretty funny. what was that drink he enjoyed so much, kaluha and something?

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myspace-162525219
06/13/2008

The Big Lebowski 3

Never saw the movie

But I had to pick a rating.....stupid

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Rovert... or Trevor
06/10/2008

The Big Lebowski 3

how out of touch am i?

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The Big Lebowski 4

Good, but pretty overrated.

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Sabresbabe
06/08/2008

The Big Lebowski 4

preety good movie. Bridhes/Goodman rocks!

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.:ROSE:.
06/07/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

Love It!

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Manda254
06/07/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

Great Movie. My ex and I went to the Lebowski Fest in NY at this huge bowling alley where everyone dressed up in character and all they served was sarsaparilla and white russians. If you ever have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend it!

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myspace-164491804
06/02/2008

The Big Lebowski 1

never heard of it

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The Big Lebowski 3

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Belinda894
06/02/2008

The Big Lebowski 3

Saw it, but can't really remember it...

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Writer_girl
06/01/2008

The Big Lebowski 3

haven't seen it

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ROBINTCAM
06/01/2008

The Big Lebowski 3

never watched it

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trebon1038
05/31/2008

The Big Lebowski 4

Very strange but funny all the same

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myspace-353671839
05/31/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

LOVE IT!

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g8rhoo
05/29/2008

The Big Lebowski 3

Some people love this movie. I only think it's okay.

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93century
03/23/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

93century's favorite line from actor John Goodman who was explaining about bringing the pomerainian dog bowling:  "I aint buying it shoes......I aint buying it a fuc#ing beer!"

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magellan
02/27/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

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Mr.Tuner
02/27/2008

The Big Lebowski 5

This movie is one that I can watch all day!!!! Very funny!
A must see in my oppinion.

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fb686068911
11/20/2007

The Big Lebowski 5

Great movie, absolutely!

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irishgit
08/24/2007

The Big Lebowski 5

Maybe liking this has something to do with how old you are. Personally, I think its hilarious, with great performances by Bridges, Goodman and Buscemi. As with all Coen Brothers movies, well and wittily scripted. Very funny.

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Spike65
08/24/2007

The Big Lebowski 5

Everyone in this film is perfect. Jeff Bridges is surprisingly great as The Dude. I never realized how many "F-words" were used in this film until someone did a u-tube clip of all the F-words and it was mind-boggling. So be warned if obscene language bothers you avoid this movie. I thought it was very clever and funny and as usual for the Coens, very different from what we are used to. I can never understand how someone would not find this film to be humorous, but comedy is personal, some people just get off on repeated kicks to someone else's crotch. To each his own.

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juanlobo
07/19/2007

The Big Lebowski 5

One of the best comedies of the last 20 years.  The dialogue is in the top 2 of all movies (alongside Pulp Fiction), and the characters are unforgettable.  It's hard to think of Jeff Bridges and John Goodman as anyone but the Dude and Walter.

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statman100
04/04/2007

The Big Lebowski 2

So concerned with being original... no, more like wacky that it forgets to be funny. But watch out for John Goodman who is brilliant and manages to give his scenes some good laughs.

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MacAttack101
08/04/2006

The Big Lebowski 5

this is my favorite movie ever! its a true original. this movie cheers me up when im down

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