The Big Lebowski (1998)

Movie Title: The Big Lebowski

Year Released: 1998

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 59min

Genre: Crime, Comedy

Director: Joel Coen

Writer: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, John Turturro, Tara Reid, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott

Review: Jeff "The Dude" Leboswki (Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for Jeffrey Lebowski, who is The Big Lebowski (David Huddleston). Which explains why he's roughed up and has his precious rug peed on. In search of recompense, The Dude tracks down his namesake, who offers him a job. His wife, Bunny (Tara Reid), has been kidnapped and he needs a reliable bagman. Aided and hindered by his pals Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), a Vietnam vet, and Donny (Steve Buscemi), master of stupidity. The Big Lebowski is a hilarious cult classic. The Coen Brothers' take on the slacker comedy provides for a fantastic ride. Jeff Bridges and John Goodman really shine here. They're two very unique characters, but their chemistry is perfect. The stoner and the hot-head team up for some incredibly hilarious moments. My only knock here is that some of the characters such as Julianne Moore's Maude Lebowski, are completely outrageous. Some of the plot points are also wildly absurd. But there's an engaging, interesting story to be enjoyed. I highly recommend this film, as it's easy to see why it's highly regarded as one of the most re-watchable cult classics of the '90s. The Dude abides!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: The Dude says "man" 147 times in the movie, nearly one and a half times a minute.


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