The Big Lebowski (1998) USA
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Director:Joel Coen
Studio:Universal Studios
Producer:Tim Bevan
Writer:Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Date Added:2007-03-05
Purchased On:2007-05-03
Awards:1 win & 7 nominations
Genre:Buddy Films
Picture Format:Widescreen
Aspect Ratio:1.33:1
Languages:English, Dolby Digital 5.1, French, Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles:English, Spanish, French
Features:Introduction by Mortimer Young
Making of The Big Lebowski
Joel Coen  ...  (Director)
Ethan Coen, Joel Coen  ...  (Writer)
Jeff Bridges  ...  Jeffrey Lebowski - The Dude
John Goodman  ...  Walter Sobchak
Julianne Moore  ...  Maude Lebowski
Steve Buscemi  ...  Theodore Donald 'Donny' Kerabatsos
David Huddleston  ...  Jeffrey Lebowski - The Big Lebowski
Philip Seymour Hoffman  ...  Brandt
Tara Reid  ...  Bunny Lebowski
Philip Moon  ...  Woo, Treehorn Thug
Mark Pellegrino  ...  Blond Treehorn Thug
Peter Stormare  ...  Nihilist #1, Uli Kunkel / 'Karl Hungus'
Flea  ...  Nihilist #2, Kieffer
Torsten Voges  ...  Nihilist #3, Franz
Jimmie Dale Gilmore  ...  Smokey
Jack Kehler  ...  Marty
John Turturro  ...  Jesus Quintana
James G. Hoosier  ...  
Carlos Leon  ...  
Terrence Burton  ...  
Richard Gant  ...  
Christian Clemenson  ...  
Roger Deakins  ...  Cinematographer
Joel Coen  ...  Editor
Ethan Coen  ...  Editor
Tricia Cooke  ...  Editor
Comments: They figured he was a lazy time wasting slacker. They were right.

Summary: After the tight plotting and quirky intensity of Fargo, this casually amusing follow-up from the prolifically inventive Coen (Ethan and Joel) brothers seems like a bit of a lark, and the result was a box-office disappointment. The good news is, The Big Lebowski is every bit a Coen movie, and its lazy plot is part of its laidback charm. After all, how many movies can claim as their hero a pot-bellied, pot-smoking loser named Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) who spends most of his time bowling and getting stoned? And where else could you find a hairnetted Latino bowler named Jesus (John Turturro) who sports dazzling purple footgear, or an erotic artist (Julianne Moore) whose creativity consists of covering her naked body in paint, flying through the air in a leather harness, and splatting herself against a giant canvas? Who else but the Coens would think of showing you a camera view from inside the holes of a bowling ball, or an elaborate Busby Berkely-styled musical dream sequence involving a Viking goddess and giant bowling pins? The plot--which finds Lebowski involved in a kidnapping scheme after he's mistaken for a rich guy with the same name--is almost beside the point. What counts here is a steady cascade of hilarious dialogue, great work from Coen regulars John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, and the kind of cinematic ingenuity that puts the Coens in a class all their own. Be sure to watch with snacks in hand, because The Big Lebowski might give you a giddy case of the munchies. --Jeff Shannon