The Big Lebowski

biglebowskiposterYear: 1998

Synopsis: Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski is caught up in a multifaceted plot of mistaken identity, kidnapping, and bowling.

Pros:
• Every actor is their character in some way.
• That rug really did tie the room together.
• The royal “we.”
• A lot of things happen, could be seen as rather complex, and not that simple.
• This was a very complicated film, perhaps. A lotta ins, a lotta outs, a lotta what-have-yous. A lotta strands to keep in the head. Lotta strands in old Duder’s head.
• Many things come to light, soiled and stolen rugs, the trophy wife not really kidnapped, known pornographers, nihilists.

Cons:
• Did not necessarily have any real meaning more moral.
• Some might find the overly complicated plot confusing, especially with the kidnapping being, more or less, a red herring.

Discussion:
There is nothing else quite like a Coen Brothers film. Genres are subverted, mixed, and matched. Their films often seem like some kind of surreal dream, and Lebowski is no exception. This film is like watching Hitchcock and bowling thrown together inside a funhouse mirror. It somehow works, and we do not necessarily worry about why that is. Like with Barton Fink (1991), The Big Lebowski is a kind of reflection of life itself, as life can have debatable meaning, seemingly random and disparate plot-lines, and no real genre.

Or maybe we should just go bowling …


Rotten Tomatoes — 82%

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