The Younger Son and I laughed out loud throughout the film; The Daughter found it uninteresting; The Husband was so offended by the frequent F-bombs that he couldn't pay any attention to the rest of the film. I had picked it with The Husband in mind because it was a comedy without blood & gore and I'd heard it had a happy ending. Well, I like it, but as a choice for him? Fail!
EW gives it a B- and says,
Nearly everything in The Big Lebowski is a put-on, and all that leaves you with is the Coens' bizarrely over-deliberate, almost Teutonic form of rib nudging. It's as if the film itself were standing off to the sidelines, saying ''Look, isn't this a hilarious concept?'' The Coens don't create jokes, exactly—they create ideas for jokes. Still, you can see what they're after.Rolling Stone opens with this:
Maybe it's the way the Coen brothers tie everything together with bowling that makes this Los Angeles-based tale of burnouts, gun buffs, doobies, tumbleweeds, art, nihilism, porn, pissed-on rugs, severed toes, Saddam Hussein, attack marmots, Teutonic technopop and Bob Dylan — not to mention extortion, kidnapping and death — such a hilarious pop-culture hash.Roger Ebert opens by saying,
The Coen brothers' ``The Big Lebowski'' is a genial, shambling comedy about a human train wreck, and should come with a warning like the one Mark Twain attached to ``Huckleberry Finn'': ``Persons attempting to find a plot in it will be shot.''DVD Talk says, "The Coens' writing is as amusing as ever, with perhaps more quotable dialogue per minute than any movie they've made." Salon.com says, " It is, obviously, one of those movies that demands, and rewards, multiple viewings." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 80%.