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The victim of mistaken identity is accosted by two thugs that
believe he is the Pasadena millionaire. He pays a visit to his
wealthy namesake in the hopes of getting a replacement for his
soiled carpet, courtesy of the thugs. But instead of a Persian loaner, he and his buddy
are swept up in extortion, double-cross, deception, embezzlement,
sex and dope.
Comedy Thriller - THE BIG LEBOWSKI has a plot that's virtually non-existent, but the film is consistently funny. Of course, since this is a Coen Brothers picture, almost every joke is off-color or twisted in some way. For mature viewers who don't mind a lot of vulgarity and profanity.
PROFANITY: Extreme and very frequent. SEX/NUDITY: Occasional. VIOLENCE: Occasional and relatively minor. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Occasional drug and alcohol abuse. ACTION: None COMEDY: Frequent, although offbeat.
In a word, The Big Lebowski is a mess. But what a glorious,
wonderfully-entertaining mess it is. This film, the Coen Brothers'
follow-up to the critically-lauded Fargo, isn't likely to
generate the same degree of universal praise. Of course, the Coens
have never done the same thing twice in a row, so it shouldn't come
as much of a surprise that The Big Lebowski is so far afield
from Fargo. Nevertheless, the brothers' inimitable style is
very much in evidence; if anything, it may be more pronounced
here. This is one weird motion picture, but I use that term in the
kindest fashion, because all of the quirkiness adds up to a level
of delightful humor that few films this side of a Monty Python
enterprise can match. This is a comic amusement park ride -
a wildly uneven movie that offers tremendous pleasure for the moment,
even if it doesn't stand up well to post-screening analysis and scrutiny.
Jeff Lebowski (JEFF BRIDGES) is the victim of mistaken identity.
Two thugs break into his apartment in the errant belief that they
are accosting Jeff Lebowski, the Pasadena millionaire--not the
laid-back, unemployed, stuck in the 70s Jeff Lebowski who calls
himself the Dude.
The Dude's first mistake is paying a visit to his wealthy namesake
in the hopes of getting a replacement for his soiled carpet. But
instead of a Persian loaner, our reluctant hero and his buddy
Walter (JOHN GOODMAN) are swept up in extortion, double-cross,
deception, embezzlement, sex and dope.