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At Theaters: 3/6/1998 On Video: 8/11/1998
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 55 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 039803
Studio: Polygram Films
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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.
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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.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Jeff Bridges (Jagged Edge)
John Goodman (The Borrowers)
Julianne Moore (The Hand That Rocks The Cradle)
Wri/Dir: Joel Coen (Fargo)
Prod/Wri: Ethan Coen (Fargo)
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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.
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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.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 151 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
13-19Teens (M)
17
Very High
94%%
13-19Teens (F)
5
About 50/50
60%%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
12
Fairly High
92%%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
9
Fairly High
89%%
30+Adults (M)
56
About 50/50
71%%
30+Adults (F)
52
About 50/50
73%%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

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.

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