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The Big Lebowski (DVD)
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The Big Lebowski (DVD)
Advantages: Hilarious dialogue, memorable characters
The Big Lebowski is a 1998 film written and directed by Ethan and Joel Coen.
Jeffrey Lebowski, or "The Dude" as he prefers to be called(Jeff Bridges), is a laidback, unemployed guy who only seems to have two things he loves - white russian cocktails and bowling. When he is mistaken for a millionaire of the same name (Lebowski, not "the dude"!) he gets sucked into helping the rich Lebowski deal with the kidnapping of his young trophy wife Bunny (Tara Reid). The Dude's bullish friend and bowling team mate Walter Sobchak (John Goodman) decides to invite himself along and then things go from bad to worse, as The Dude has a conspiracy to unravel - Did Bunny kidnap herself? Is Lebowski as clean cut as he makes out? What have German nihilists got to do with it all?
And will The Dude's team progress to the next round of the bowling tournament?
There are always funny elements to Coen films, but The Big Lebowski is one of the most broadly comedic of them all. Throughout, the films story is propelled via a comedy of errors and mistaken identity with a great gag involving a pad of paper and a pencil. The dialogue is some of the best the brothers have written, with incredibly witty lines. They also pull a great trick of having The Dude say things he's previously picked up from other sources, "This agression will not stand, man" taken from a speech he hears President Bush Sr give on TV. If I were to use memorable quotes from the film, I'd be using most of them. Do be warned though that if you have issues with bad language you might be put off by this film - I've looked it up on google and the F word is used 292 times.
The film is also packed with interesting, funny characters - there are none that don't serve a purpose to the story, or at least provide a well deserved laugh. Jeff Bridges gives an absolutely brilliant performance as the drug-addled Dude, so much so that there is now a Lebowski-fest in honour of the film and it's lead character! Goodman is also hilarious as the quick to temper Walter. But it is unfair to point out too many other performances since so many are genuinely funny and brilliant - even John Turturro is memorable despite being in the film for roughly 5 minutes!
There is without doubt re-watchability in this film, since you might miss a funny line the first time or a particular character tic. This is definitely in the top 5 Coen brothers film, two of the most consistently brilliant film makers working today. A comedy classic for those who don't mind swearing!
Summary: Utterly brilliant.