The Dude, Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is unemployed and laid-back... until...victim of mistaken identity, two thugs break into his apartment in the errant belief that they are accosting Jeff Lebowski the Pasadena millionaire. In hope of getting a replacement for his soiled carpet Dude visits his wealthy namesake and, with buddy, ex 'Nam' veteran, Walter (John Goodman) he is swept into a comedy/thriller of extortion, embezzlement, sex and dope. It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated... and they'd really rather be bowling.
The plot is as confused and rambling as the film's main character, but that adds to its charm: if you can follow the plot, you have probably missed the point of the film. A likeable collection of misfits (not quite the bums one charcters calls them) is pitted against a various forms of evil, with dashes of fantasy thrown in. It's very funny in parts - I liked it.
Jeff Bridges has the central character who is very cool and pretty lazy. His reaction to his friend John Goodman who is unhinged and aggressive is chaotic and often funny. The plot goes round and ties itself in a knot without being that interesting. I liked the general feel of it but not the plot. It is not really an 18, brief nudity and moderate violence. There are 2 moments of greatness one by a bowling competitor you may recognise from Men in black I and the other from the third quieter bowler.