For this year’s A-To-Z Challenge, my theme is MOVIES. I will be working my way through the alphabet during the month of April with movie titles and short blurbs about each movie. Today’s movie is “The Big Lebowski.”
“The Big Lebowski” was a 1998 black comedy/crime film written, produced, and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. It stars Jeff Bridges as Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski, a Los Angeles slacker and avid bowler. He is assaulted as a result of mistaken identity, then learns that a millionaire also named Jeffrey Lebowski was the intended victim. Sam Elliott, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, David Thewlis, Peter Stormare, and Ben Gazzara also appear, in supporting roles.
One of the goons who assaulted The Dude urinates on The Dude’s favorite rug before they realize they have the wrong man and leave. The Dude visits the wealthy Jeffrey (“Big”) Lebowski and demands compensation for the rug, but his demand is refused. But after the millionaire Lebowski’s trophy wife is kidnapped, and he commissions The Dude to deliver the ransom to secure her release. Of course the plan goes awry when The Dude’s crazy friend Walter Sobchak schemes to keep the ransom money.
The scheming and deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude.
I really enjoyed this movie. It was funny, quirky, stylistic, surreal, and very much in the tradition of such Coen Brothers movies as “Fargo,” “No Country for Old Men,” “Barton Fink,” and “Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?”
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