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Opened in Theaters: Friday, March 6th, 1998

Directed by Joel Cohen
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 1:55

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The Big Lebowski
A scattered farce about a pothead bowler who is mistaken for a deadbeat philanthropist and drawn into a cluster of kidnappers, nihilists, porn mobsters, and Busby Berkeley beauties.  View more >

R
pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality, and brief violence

Starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore...  View more >

From Joel & Ethan Coen, the makers of Fargo
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Reviews Summary

Rating # %  
See Now!  5 42 See Now! Percent
Good  4 33 Good Percent
Wait for Rental  1 8 Wait Percent
Stay Away!  2 17 Stay Away! Percent
12 Total Reviews

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[--- See Now! ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
This is the funniest movie I've seen since...I can't remember since when.

Bridges and Goodman turn in top notch comic performances.

"Lebowsky" loses some momentum toward the end as it tends to drag on, but the first 3/4 of the movie more than make up for it.

Be prepared for extreme profanity, but side-splitting profanity.

[--- Stay Away! ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
I would highly recommend the movie "The Big Lebowski" to my worst enemies. It was dumber than the movie "Dumb and Dumber." The only way that this movie would be good is if you were highly sedated or overdosing on drugs. So what I'm trying to say is that this movie, other than a few funny parts (which hardly made it worthwhile), was in no way worth seeing. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!

[--- Good ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
This movie is quite humorous, but, unfortunately, runs a bit longer than its plot. Anyone with friends who never quite made it out of their 60's state of mind will be able to identify with the characters in this film.

[--- Good ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
We went to this movie beacuese we already saw everything, and I wasnīt expecting a lot, but what a surprise it was! The movie is incredibly funny and very unpredictable. Especially the part with John Turturro is hilarious. This movie is very relaxed and easy to take. Itīs probably ok to rent, but I think it looks just a bit better on the silver screen. Go see it!

[--- Good ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
I would like to have seen the movie end differently. I think that Torturro could have filled in the gaps and dead pauses that the movie had. The plot faded out towards the end of the movie, but it was an original idea and made for a good time at the cinema.

[--- See Now! ---]by  Jan 25, 2000
For all you Coen fans out there (like myself), take note: "The Big Lebowski", a dynamic, breathlessly funny entertainment, is the formula that made the Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, famous in the first place, a la Raising Arizona. Every shot and scene in "Lebowski" is about as wild as you can get. Wild also for the screenplay, which has so many uses of the f-word and so many twists and devilish turns that the film is more entertaining than you would expect.

The story is a little fluffy. Enter Jeff Lebowski , aka The Dude (Jeff Bridges), a man who gets a special surprise at the door one day: Two thugs enter his flat and demand money. Only problem is that this particular Lebowski is not the ones they are really after. The thugs are really looking for Jeff Lewbowski the millionaire.

After one of the thugs soils The Dude's rug, he goes to the rich man's house and demands he get a new rug since the thugs knocked on the wrong door. Soon enough, The Dude is played into a kidnapping payoff since the elder Lebowski's cute younger wife has been nabbed. Got it?

That's not all. The Dude's bowling buddies (John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, a Coen regular) get in for the ride too. And there is also the elder Lebowski's daughter (Julianne Moore), a wild painter who falls for the dude. Oh, and let's not forget Jesus (John Tuturro), an obsessed bowler with his own special dance and hairnet.

Still with me? It's hard to divulge the plot on paper; hell, so was "Fargo", their best film about a botched kidnapping scheme with a car salesman and the pregnant cop. But while "Fargo" reveled in artistic beauty and grandeur, and since "Fargo" stayed real, "The Big Lebowski" is all high camp. There are scenes that are the cinematic eqivalent of LSD, including a fascinating dream-dance sequence set to the song of "I've Just Checked In (To see what condition my condition is in)" by Kenny Rogers. (The sequence also has opening credits, how maxed out is that!)

The film does hit some rough areas, however. The film's narrator (Sam Shepard) isn't very reliable, he keeps losing his train of thought. Perhaps the Coens were doing this on serious to show the loserness of all the characters, but it just doesn't seem right. Also, the film is loaded with profanity which just seems unnecesary. But even with these flaws, "The Big Lebowski" is a richly satisfying movie that will quench your thirst until those big blockbusters come to rob all of your money. Make sense?

Grade: A-

Tech Review

Picture: 5 A glowing picture with fine colors, contrast and brightness. Every scene looks real and focused. Great picture quality.

Sound: 3 Mixed in all formats (dts, DD and SDDS), at least the film isn't totally mono. Many scenes contain mono soundstage, but when the music numbers kick in, the surrounds are greatly used.

Photography: 4 A greatly photographed picture (in wide 1.85:1) with great camera angles and shots.

118 minutes. jwhyte2@hotmail.com ICQ# 4339199

[--- Good ---]by VIP MemberMar 20, 2002
"The Big Lebowski" is a very funny movie from the Coan Brothers who gave us the very funny classic "Fargo."

"The Big Lebrowski" may not be as funny or witty as "Fargo," it had plenty of moments. The film centers on a man who they called the dude, played by Jeff Bridges who was misketen by people who are calling him "The Big Lebowski."

There a lot of funny moments, many of then centered around a bowling alley where he bowl with his weird friends. The best line in the film is "I'm Bowling Rocks Tonight" by Steve Buscemi, who played one of Bridges' weird bowling friends.
[--- See Now! ---]by  Aug 28, 2007
[--- Wait for Rental ---]by  Aug 31, 2007
[--- See Now! ---]by  Dec 7, 2008
[--- Stay Away! ---]by  May 29, 2010
Pure drivel...
[--- See Now! ---]by  May 27, 2012



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