The film The Big Lebowski was released on March 6, 1998 and was rated R for language, sexuality, and some nudity. When Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski’s rug is urinated on by thugs claiming that their boss is owed money, The Dude (Jeff Bridges) and his bowling buddies, Walter (John Goodman) and Donnie (Steve Buscemi), seek repayment from a millionaire who has the same name as The Dude. The story, however, takes a few strange turns.
This is another film by the Coen Brothers and it has a full star lineup. Julianne Moore is The Big Lebowski’s artist daughter, Tara Reid is Honey, his nymphomaniac wife, Sam Eliot is The Stranger and narrator. The humor is very offbeat and the acting was fantastic. In a movie like this, it is hard to say that the characters were believable but they were definitely off the wall. I especially like John Goodman’s portrayal of Walter who is a psychotic moron with anger issues. Jeff Bridges is great as “the laziest man in Los Angeles” and the total opposite of Goodman’s character.
The sound track was good, but not perfect. The directing, as in most Coen Brother’s films, was quirky but did not really distract from the flow of the story. I admit that this is one of my favorite movies just for the casting alone. It’s not perfect, but it is a humorous adventure story. I rate it 4 stars out of 5. I do own it and I recommend it highly if you haven’t seen it.
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