The Big Lebowski

Release Date: 3/6/1998 – Rated R

Starring: Jeff Bridges (Iron Man), John Goodman (King Ralph)

Plot Summary: Sometimes there’s a man, I won’t say a hero, but sometimes there’s a man, the right man for the time, and this time and he is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name and some guys pee on the  “Dude’s” rug, which was a shame because it really tied the room together. Seeking some form of reparation for the damage The Dude heads to the millionaire’s home and is propositioned with a one time job with a big pay off. He enlists the help of his bowling partner, Walter, who has had a lot of buddies die face down in the mud in ‘Nam. Needless to say he has some anger issues. Things spiral quickly out of control, and soon everyone from a Porn Tycoon down to the lowly nihilists all want a piece of the “Dude”

Alex’s Thoughts:  Sorry, I just don’t get it.  I know this movie is loved by a lot of people and is deeply rooted in popular culture, but I just don’t get what all the hype is about.  It’s just not for me.

Tim’s Thoughts: This is my 2nd favorite Coen brothers movie, and I can’t believe that Alex didn’t like it. Holy crap, from the soundtrack up I think that this is a complete film. He writes a check for milk for crying out loud!! Plus he helped me truly sum up how I feel about the Eagles.  Twisty plot lines and insane characters fuel the story from start to finish and somehow the Dude is the only sane one, except for maybe Donnie.  I laugh just thinking about this movie, from the trippy dream/drug sequences to any part with Walter, I just can’t get enough of the Dude and his world. Sorry Alex, I have to completely disagree. Maybe we should watch it together, or just laugh about parts of with your friends that have seen it and I think that will open up your eyes. Pederast Dude, pederast

Final Thoughts: This is the first of what I am sure will be many movies that Alex and I disagree on, but characters like Walter, Donnie, and the “Dude” will live on in cinema history (and Halloween costumes).

Alex Rate This Movie 3/10

Tim Rates This Movie 9/10

“At least I’m housebroken”

View the IMDB entry for this movie here

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