This Coen brothers' hilariously twisted and irreverent cult comedy-thriller stars Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore. Join the "Dude" and his bowling buddies on their journey that blends unforgettable characters, kidnapping, a case of mistaken identity and White Russians.
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For some reason, I never saw this movie when it came out originally but I recently stumbled upon and watched it on HBO and it's now one of my favorite movies of all time. It's definitely surpassed Raising Arizona as my favorite Coen Brothers film. The casting for this movie is absolutely perfect; I can't imagine replacing any of the actors. The plot and dream sequences are awesome and the absurdity sublime. There are enough good plot reviews here that I won't cover that; I just wanted to throw my two cents on what I think is another American and Coen Brothers comedy classic.
Joel and Ethan Coen have done so much so brilliantly, but nothing more improbably wondrous than encasing a former 60s radical in a sweater and pajama pants and transforming him into an easy argument for the most iconic character in modern comedic cinema. So goes The Dude as he appears in “The Big Lebowski.”
Mixing the once-disparate ingredients of dark comedy, stoner flick, and L.A. noir with telltale signs of the classic buddy movie, it’s likely the casting of Jeff Bridges as the leisure-adamant Jeffery “The Dude” Lebowski that most acutely prescribed greatness for this one-of-a-kind film. An iconic performance was sure to have gone unrealized if placed in lesser hands, and Bridges’ middle-aged, self-realized Dude is set into full motion by terrific fellow slackers of their own unique brands: He teams with endearingly hostile Vietnam vet Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) and the happy-go-lucky Donny Kerabatsos (Steve Buscemi) to squelch the machismo-heavy bowling game of pedophile Jesus Quintana (a remarkable John Turturro). Yet when arm breakers mistake The Dude for a SoCal fat cat who shares his Lebowski surname, he seeks out this Big Lebowski to demand recompense. “The Big Lebowski” then begins its next-level ascent to wildly creative zeniths, mixing surrealist fantasy, bowling, and suspect private eye work into a joyously burlesque stew. We dial into The Dude’s laissez fare mindset as he wanders into an ensemble of wonderfully sketched characters placed in fascinating scenes.
The Coen brothers downplay what they must know they achieved with this movie. In Bridges’ manifestation, we see the idler, but also the possibilities of a carefree existence realized by living comfortably in one’s own skin. And that, perhaps, is this comedy’s most aspirational achievement. “The Big Lebowski” has a seat on the rug in the highest tier of uniquely great movies. - (Was this review of use to you? If so, let me know by clicking "Helpful." Cheers!) - WATCHED IT? THEN WATCHLIST: "Being John Malkovich,""Stadium Anthems,""Snatch."
This movie should be included in any list of the top 25 comedies, certainly of the Last Millennium, or the top 100 movies ever. Obviously, Jeff Bridges had to be at the top of his game, but Every character is well-realized and acted by this all-star cast, including Steve Buscemi, John Goodman, John Turturro, Julianne Moore, David Huddleston, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, Sam Elliott, Peter Stormare, - How did the Coen Brothers amass such a wealth of talent for this film? - and a host of others, all giving transcendent performances. Anyway, this movie takes a case of mistaken-identity to sublimely ridiculous extremes, all the while slyly injecting social commentary into the narrative - speaking of which, Elliott's intermittent narration of the story lends just the right tone. I don't think it's possible to say much about this film without ruining the expository fun of seeing the plot's - and the screenplay's developments. The droll dialogue is intrinsic to the hilarity and overall feel of this great American classic film...
One of the all time classic silly funny movies, perhaps the best Coen Brothers movie. It deserves a place on the bucket list of every "guy" from the 70's and 80's. For complete viewing pleasure, watch on a big screen with good speakers, and cold beer (or White Russians) You will never think the same about Jeff Bridges again -- he was masterful. He must have has so much fun playing "the Dude." viewer advisory: the dialog is quite full of zesty expletives and some other R-stuff, so not for the children or faint of heart..
When there are already over 6,000 on Amazon of this film? I saw this movie years ago and only recall not being overly impressed, but I watched it again recently and enjoyed it. So just a few random thoughts to add to the 6,000+ comments. As noted, the acting was great and the language, especially Goodman's character, very profane. I didn't care for the fantasy sequences and I wished they hadn't killed Donnie off. It is hard for me to find any humor in a fatal heart attack in a fairly young character. But it did lead to the funny "funeral" with the Folger's can, Goodman's eulogy, and the wind blowing the ashes onto the Dude. I would have liked to see the bowling tournament, had "Donnie" survived, and would have also liked to see more of the Sam Elliott character. In fact, too bad there wasn't a sequel, but only if they could have brought the main characters back. Lastly, a number of reviewers have envied the Dude's ability to not take things too seriously. That is much easier to do if you don't have to work and have plenty of vodka, marijuana, and sex, but those things eventually take their toll.
5.0 out of 5 starsI can get you a toe by three this afternoon!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 26, 2019
In this Chandleresque story about mistaken identity, a missing trophy wife called Bunny, white Russians looking to make a few bucks and an all-important bowling competition, Jeff Lebowski (The Dude) wonders how his simple life suddenly got so complicated.
When the Dude gets a night time visit from a couple of goons looking to recover a debt from a wife he doesn't have, it's quite clear the none too bright dimwits have got the wrong man. When they realise their mistake they decide to soil a rug that "really ties his room together". Deciding the real Lebowski, whoever he is, should recompense him, he sets off looking for a new unsoiled rug but soon finds himself drawn into a complicated film noirish comedy of errors.
Although the Coen brothers have made some fabulously entertaining films in their career that are usually as witty and sharp as a lemon wedge pocked right into your eye, perhaps none are as sharp and wildly entertaining as The Big Lebowski. Packed with characters to die for, the plot, for the most part, is not nearly as interesting or as funny as the pitch perfect performances and the hilarious script. Lines of dialogue so laugh out loud funny delivered with such conviction by Buscemi, Goodman and Bridges mean that like many of the '40s and '50s detective mystery films starring people like Humphrey Bogart that this film is loosely based on, the often complicated plot takes a back seat. It doesn't really matter if you are not quite sure what is going on because the journey, along with your companions, is such a pleasure to undertake. Although the story does eventually make sense and things are wrapped up with a reasonably neat conclusion, it's the getting there that really matters not the eventual destination.
Jeff Bridges's eventual tombstone and definitely his obituary may very well have and make some reference to the "Dude", who has now become an American cultural icon. Lines from the film are now quoted almost as much as those from Withnail and I and The Rocky Horror Picture show. His portrayal of the ageing stoner who finds himself in a new confusing world where people have issues and agendas is beyond brilliant. There is very little to like about him in reality, he doesn't work, is usually very high, spends much of his life bowling and generally slobbing about in loose-fitting clothes, however, Bridges manages to instil the Dude with such warmth, likeability and good humour that it's almost impossible to dislike him. His dysfunctional relationship with his bowling buddies is a bit like a marriage that doesn't quite work but none of the participants can be bothered to do anything about it. The arguing at cross purposes, not really listening etc should be annoying in the extreme, but it's not it's very funny. As you would expect the mystery unfolds at a leisurely pace and not everything is as expected. Just like the best mysteries, there are a couple of red herrings to complicate things and add interest.
The supporting cast including Julianne Moore, John Turturro and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman are fabulous and lift the whole production to a new level. The two drug-fuelled dream sequences are a nice touch that, although very different in tone, still manage to fit in perfectly with the flow of the film. These scenes are often badly done and stop the narrative in its tracks. Here they actually compliment it.
Pretty much ignored on release, TBL now has such a dedicated following it may very well be the Coens most recognisable film, perhaps excepting Fargo. Superb and extremely funny.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 11, 2016
A Cult Classic with some really impressive bonus features.
One feature that was really cool includes Jeff Bridges himself showing you a photo book that he made during the production of the film and explaining what happened between scenes that made him laugh during filming.
Another cool feature is the scene location section - which allows you to discover where certain scene's were filmed on a map; a handy tool should you wish to visit those locations.
5.0 out of 5 starsGreat script, great acting, superbly crafted film make this film a Hollywood classic.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 21, 2016
Well, what is it possible to add that has not already been said about this Coen Bros classic that is one of the best films made in the last 20 years. Jeff Bridges was outstanding and should have won an Oscar for his interpretation of "The Dude" with John Goodman close behind. The script is funny and almost, or maybe even, belongs up there with Billy Wilder - and I could not offer higher praise than that, If you've got a sense of humour and/or you just enjoy a superbly crafted film you'll love this film. If you haven't seen it before, where have you been!
It is fair to say that this is quite a quirky film, but then I like quirky.
The film is seen through the eyes of The Dude (Jeff Bridges) who experiences several beatings and a micturated carpet, because he is mistaken for The Big Lebowski, who happens to share the same surname. Along the way he meets an amazing collection of strange characters, many of whom want to beat him up and trash his car or his apartment. The Dude is really laid back and amiable and ambles through the film drinking White Russians and smoking joints, accompanied by his bowling buddies, Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Busceni). Walter is a Vietnam veteran, has anger issues and a tendency to make any situation far worse than it needs to be.
The plot revolves around looking for the big Lebowski's "kidnapped" trophy wife, Bunny but in reality, the plot is really incidental. It is the awful people that The Dude meets, the situations he gets into and the dialogue that really lifts the film out of the ordinary and makes it so special. The film twists and turns and you really don't know what is coming next. There are dream sequences, nihilist Germans, a woman painting naked from overhead wires and thugs peeing on his carpet. What more do you want? This is a really good film that is entertaining to watch and is interesting enough to support repeat viewing.
`The Big Lebowski' is one of those films that started off small and over the years has gathered a cult like status. With Lebowski fests and often repeated phrases from the film, this has certainly entered the film goers psyche.
After `The Dude's' rug gets urinated on after a case of mistaken identity he very rapidly gets drawn into a convoluted kidnapping mystery, when all he really wants is to get a replacement rug, drink White Russians and get back to his bowling league. Not too much to ask you would think. Yet he finds himself fending off threats from all sides and tries valiantly to keep his car from being totally wrecked in the process.
Jeff Bridges is great as The Dude and plays the part spot on. His long hair, slightly vacant look and stoner drawl fit the role to a tee. John Goodman is also good as The Dudes angry Vietnam vet friend Walter and the rest of the cast turn out great performances as well. The direction is very good and the more weird dreamy scenes are especially fun to watch.
All in all this is a low key film that has risen to the top of the barrel over the years and it will keep you interested and will raise a laugh or two as you go along. There is a certain appeal to The Dude's laid back lifestyle and his charm really makes this film. Sit back and enjoy this minor cult classic.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 20, 2016
Totally worth the effort as all the following Extras are substantial and add to well over an hour of truly new info .... Over the Line ... in a good way The Dudes Life The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of the Dude Jeff Bridges Photo Book ACE!! An Exclusive Introduction Making of the Big Lebowski The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever's Story
auf Platz 3 der für mich besten Filme aller Zeiten und die witzigste Komödie ich jemals gesehen hab. Hier stimmt einfach alles! Die Handlung ist komplex und anspruchsvoll, der Humor ist Coentypisch, die Musik und die Inszenierung sind top, schauspielerisch genial und ich kann es nicht oft genug erwähnen der Film ist einfach nur übertrieben lustig. Die Charaktere sind so skurril und liebenswürdig...allem voran John Goodman als Walter Sobchak schießt absolut den Vogel ab. Aber auch Jeff Bridges und Steve Buscemi, Juliane Moore, Peter Stormare und all die anderen überzeugen durchweg. Für eine Komödie ist die Handlung echt komplex und auch die ganzen gesellschaftlichen Seitenhiebe auf die Zeit nach dem Vietnam-Krieg sind für dieses Genre eher untypisch.
Fazit: Ich möchte nicht behaupten, dass die Coens nie besser waren aber definitiv waren sie nie witziger! Allein wegen dem überragenden John Goodman aber auch dem "Dude" gehört diese Film in jede Sammlung eines Filmfans.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 20, 2014
The Big Lebowski is a fantastic comedy and leaves you with a smile on your face. The Coen Brothers have done a magnificent job in making the film quotable and the characters so alike and at the same time so unlike eachother. The film does not try too hard and the acting seems so natural and is compelling from beginning to end. It is 1hr 52mins long and the short time ensures the viewer is never bored nor irritated. The Big Lebowski is sure to have been embedded in cult movie history and history all together. Excellent watch, worthwhile buy.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2011
The wildly unrealistic plot is entertaining. The movie accurately captures the mentality of a particular American social group that isn't mainstream or counter-culture. It is not young professional, middle class or criminal as too many American movies seems to be. It really is about guys who got stuck in an early 20ish part of their lives and can't move on. The exaggerated study of their behavior is good amusement. For older viewers it provides a momentary return to a earlier part of their life when they could afford to be less responsible. It is enjoyable and worth seeing; I don't think it was made with any intention of being great or a serious study but the characters and the construction of the film and cinematography are so consistent that it is a joy.
5.0 out of 5 starsI haven't laughed so much in ages.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 25, 2010
The tale starts and finishes with a narrator telling us the Dude is like tumbleweed. The plot is forced on the Dude, in a case of mistaken identity - the wrong Lebowski. He gets dragged into LA high society and this provides comedy, speed and tension, with twists and turns. Through all this you'd think a guy's spirit would be crushed. The narrator talks to the Dude at the bowling bar and asks how he is. The Dude just ambles off saying; 'The Dude abides.' Loved it, loved it, loved it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 28, 2015
What better than a night in with a nice film to sit back and relax too. Quality is superb as I would expect from Blu-Ray. Another great addition to the collection. If your a fan of the actors its a must watch! Ordered and turned up very quickly! Great packaging as always from Amazon.
5.0 out of 5 starsOne of my favourite films of all time...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 2, 2014
One of my favourite films of all time - I've seen it at least a dozen times and at least for the first 7-8 viewings I was picking up on small things (outside references / pieces of the plot etc) during each viewing.... The film is querky, warmly humourous, brilliantly written and Jeff Bridges plays the main character so perfectly its a joy to watch from beginning to end. My only tip is you need to watch it more than once to pick up on the bits - this film is like a seriously thick meat loaf.