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.
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All a bit of a yawn
- The Big Lebowski review by JK
I know this is regarded by many as a 'classic' Coen Brothers film but it just didn't do it for me. Why is anyone's guess: I adore Jeff Bridges, like John Goodman enormously and found Julianne Moore convincing but despite these excellent ingredients they didn't gel together. Like so many films today, if your joke set up isn't working (i.e. it's not funny) then pep it up with a stream of shouting and swearing thus alerting watchers that 'something hilarious is going to happen any day now...' I am not averse to swearing (watch Pebbles the cockatoo on Youtube) but there is a limit before it just becomes background noise, therefore wasted.
We watched this as a selected movie in our film club and most of the others found it 'wonderful/the funniest film they had ever seen etc.' so maybe my humour by-pass worked.
The set ups and jokes are laboured: Who would have guessed that JG would throw the wrong case out of the car window tee-hee.....