The Big Lebowski

 (20,802)8.11 h 57 min1998X-RayR
This Coen brothers' hilariously twisted and irreverent cult comedy-thriller stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore. Join the "Dude" and his bowling buddies on their journey that blends unforgettable characters, kidnapping, a case of mistaken identity and White Russians.
Joel CoenEthan Coen
Jeff BridgesJohn GoodmanJulianne Moore
English [CC]
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The All-Seeing IReviewed in the United States on January 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Iconic Character, Peerless Film
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Joel and Ethan Coen have done so much so brilliantly, but nothing more improbably wondrous than encasing a former 60s radical in a sweater and pajama pants and transforming him into an easy argument for the most iconic character in modern comedic cinema. So goes The Dude as he appears in “The Big Lebowski.”

Mixing the once-disparate ingredients of dark comedy, stoner flick, and L.A. noir with telltale signs of the classic buddy movie, it’s likely the casting of Jeff Bridges as the leisure-adamant Jeffery “The Dude” Lebowski that most acutely prescribed greatness for this one-of-a-kind film. An iconic performance was sure to have gone unrealized if placed in lesser hands, and Bridges’ middle-aged, self-realized Dude is set into full motion by terrific fellow slackers of their own unique brands: He teams with endearingly hostile Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and the happy-go-lucky Donny Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi) to squelch the machismo-heavy bowling game of pedophile Jesus Quintana (a remarkable John Turturro). Yet when arm breakers mistake The Dude for a SoCal fat cat who shares his Lebowski surname, he seeks out this Big Lebowski to demand recompense. “The Big Lebowski” then begins its next-level ascent to wildly creative zeniths, mixing surrealist fantasy, bowling, and suspect private eye work into a joyously burlesque stew. We dial into The Dude’s laissez fare mindset as he wanders into an ensemble of wonderfully sketched characters placed in fascinating scenes.

The Coen brothers downplay what they must know they achieved with this movie. In Bridges’ manifestation, we see the idler, but also the possibilities of a carefree existence realized by living comfortably in one’s own skin. And that, perhaps, is this comedy’s most aspirational achievement. “The Big Lebowski” has a seat on the rug in the highest tier of uniquely great movies. - (Was this review of use to you? If so, let me know by clicking "Helpful." Cheers!)
WATCHED IT? THEN WATCHLIST: [[ASIN:B001O37WTY "Being John Malkovich,"]] [[ASIN:B07JVSYPZ7 "Stadium Anthems,"]] [[ASIN:B0094M6A18 "Snatch."]]
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ATuckReviewed in the United States on May 5, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Obviously, Some Reviewers Are Not Golfers
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For some reason, I never saw this movie when it came out originally but I recently stumbled upon and watched it on HBO and it's now one of my favorite movies of all time. It's definitely surpassed Raising Arizona as my favorite Coen Brothers film. The casting for this movie is absolutely perfect; I can't imagine replacing any of the actors. The plot and dream sequences are awesome and the absurdity sublime. There are enough good plot reviews here that I won't cover that; I just wanted to throw my two cents on what I think is another American and Coen Brothers comedy classic.
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Rod DoeReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Quite possibly the dumbest, most profane movie ever made
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If you are thinking "Hmm, Coen brothers, this is probably like 'Oh Brother Where Art Thou' or 'Fargo'", you could not be more wrong. This movie is about a vaguely well-intended loser and his loser friends getting wrapped up in another loser's loser trophy wife drama. If a profanity rate north of 1 F-bomb/sentence appeals to you, then this is your movie. Otherwise, ignore all those who tell you how funny this movie is (it is not), and just keep moving. The only redeeming component of this movie is a cowboy who shows up occasionally (and even he complained about the profanity) to offer narrator observations.

We tried to watch it, twice, and came to the same conclusion both times - there's nothing to see here. Save your money. If possible, I would give it a negative stars rating.
26 people found this helpful
DovesmReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
I didn't like this movie at all.
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I love Jeff Bridges and my brother LOVES this movie, but it wasn't for me. Too low class. I guess it was supposed to be funny, but it was a lot of swearing, drugs, drinking, low class type things.
31 people found this helpful
Mike DaKiddReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Tall-Tale Hoot of an American Classic...
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This movie should be included in any list of the top 25 comedies, certainly of the Last Millennium, or the top 100 movies ever. Obviously, Jeff Bridges had to be at the top of his game, but Every character is well-realized and acted by this all-star cast, including Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, John Turturro, Julianne Moore, David Huddleston, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, Sam Elliott, Peter Stormare, - How did the Coen Brothers amass such a wealth of talent for this film? - and a host of others, all giving transcendent performances. Anyway, this movie takes a case of mistaken-identity to sublimely ridiculous extremes, all the while slyly injecting social commentary into the narrative - speaking of which, Elliott's intermittent narration of the story lends just the right tone. I don't think it's possible to say much about this film without ruining the expository fun of seeing the plot's - and the screenplay's developments. The droll dialogue is intrinsic to the hilarity and overall feel of this great American classic film...
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T.willyReviewed in the United States on April 10, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bucket List movie !
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One of the all time classic silly funny movies, perhaps the best Coen Brothers movie. It deserves a place on the bucket list of every "guy" from the 70's and 80's. For complete viewing pleasure, watch on a big screen with good speakers, and cold beer (or White Russians) You will never think the same about Jeff Bridges again -- he was masterful. He must have has so much fun playing "the Dude."
viewer advisory: the dialog is quite full of zesty expletives and some other R-stuff, so not for the children or faint of heart..
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Richard & Christine TroutmanReviewed in the United States on November 24, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
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I had heard so much about this movie, so we finally decided to rent it.
I've enjoyed Coen Brothers movies back to Raising Arizona.
We turned it off about halfway through.
Extremely high rate of f-bombs, and I kept expecting some kind of payoff in the progress of the movie.
I don't mind appropriate use of profanity, but this script was just lazy.
12 people found this helpful
Dr. Ronald K. MccrawReviewed in the United States on March 7, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Why another review...
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When there are already over 6,000 on Amazon of this film? I saw this movie years ago and only recall not being overly impressed, but I watched it again recently and enjoyed it. So just a few random thoughts to add to the 6,000+ comments. As noted, the acting was great and the language, especially Goodman's character, very profane. I didn't care for the fantasy sequences and I wished they hadn't killed Donnie off. It is hard for me to find any humor in a fatal heart attack in a fairly young character. But it did lead to the funny "funeral" with the Folger's can, Goodman's eulogy, and the wind blowing the ashes onto the Dude. I would have liked to see the bowling tournament, had "Donnie" survived, and would have also liked to see more of the Sam Elliott character. In fact, too bad there wasn't a sequel, but only if they could have brought the main characters back. Lastly, a number of reviewers have envied the Dude's ability to not take things too seriously. That is much easier to do if you don't have to work and have plenty of vodka, marijuana, and sex, but those things eventually take their toll.
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