Thursday, January 24, 2013

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski is a 1998 Coen brothers film starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and with Sam Elliott as The Stranger.

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." says, " It is, obviously, one of those movies that demands, and rewards, multiple viewings." Rotten Tomatoes gives it a score of 80%.


  1. Sorry the Husband didn't like it. It's a fave in our house and is quoted all of the time. Oh so funny!

    1. he is really tired of the f-word. it didn't bother me in this movie, but i remember one movie (scarface, maybe?) where at one point i yelled at the screen, "do you not know any other curse words???"). the younger son laughed about that for ages.

  2. Anonymous7:01 AM

    Since everyone else thinks this is the greatest thing ever committed to celluloid, I suppose that _I_ am the fail... :o)
    -- A Pal

    1. tastes differ. look at it this way: you agree with 20% of the rotten tomatoes critics ;)

  3. This film is one of our all-time favourites. I hadn´t even thought about the cursing. Perhaps because English is a foreign language to us, none of the words are emotionally charged.

    1. there are just some things the husband is unforgiving of in movies. constant use of the f-word is one of those things. he has his mind made up on it. i told him if he thinks lebowski is bad, he should watch scarface. he turned me down.