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The Big Lebowski (Limited Edition)
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08.29.2011 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
The Coen Brothers

Actors:
Jeff Bridges
John Goodman
Steve Buscemi

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A spaced out pot-head who shares the same last name as a millionaire (Lebowski) gets roughed up and harassed for money he doesn't have, only to then get hired by the other Lebowski to drop a million dollar ransom in exchange for the wealthy man's wife.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
When it comes to the Coen Brothers I'm what you would call a fifty-fifty fan. FARGO, O BROTHER, WHERE ART THOU, NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, BURN AFTER READING and A SERIOUS MAN were all enjoyable films for me. THE BIG LEBOWSKI is one of those flicks I missed at the time of its conception and then meant to watch as the years went by due to an apparent cult following. Truthfully I didn't know much about the film but I'd heard it was pretty funny and saw more than a few people on this site refer to Jeff Bridges as "The Dude" on several occasions. I cracked a smile when it saw it in my bundle and after a long day of work, I poured a drink and sat down to what I envisioned would be good times. I couldn't have been more wrong.

First off, let me say that my opinions differ from "the norm" as much as anyone's I guess but I'd like to think I have good taste and that I'm a fair judge of character when it comes to movies. That said, we live in a day and age where many people love a film because it's cool to love that film or vice versa. I've never been nor will I ever be that guy who simply jumps on a band wagon for any flick. I've written some Unpopular Opinion columns and have no problem being in the minority, it happens, so as a result I'm sure there will be those who disagree with me here, but these are the issues I had with "The Dude" and his exploits. To begin with, who calls themselves "The Dude" anyway? If I ever met someone who introduced themselves by saying, "you can call me The Dude, Dudder or The Big D," I'd probably kick them in the face.

Jeff Bridges has never been one of my favourite actors to begin with, but this character is completely, fully and often annoyingly worthless. His whole persona is nerve-racking. His place was a hole, and to have an argument over a shitty rug with Steve Buscemi and John Goodman for what felt like an eternity because some guy pissed on it, was ludicrous. The rug in question (like most things in that dump) was probably only worth ten dollars, if that. Get over it numb nuts. Beyond this character, I actually liked John Goodman here, he was a riot, the one good thing this flick had going for it as far as I'm concerned. However, I still don't know how they were allowed to bowl after Goodman pulled a gun in the bowling alley, that felt like a bit of a stretch to me. And then there's Buscemi who's getting yelled at the entire film, which apparently doesn't bother him, only to have a heart attack and die because three fools dressed like they escaped a drag club start some trouble outside the bowling alley? That didn't make one bit of sense to me.

THE BIG LEBOWSKI is one big mess of a film. I have nothing against the idiocy often found in stoner flicks (I'm actually looking forward to A VERY HAROLD & KUMAR CHRISTMAS), but this was much more than that. This money plot goes around in circles all film ending with Bridges getting nothing. Most of the film's characters are throwaway oddities who never really go anywhere (Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, John Turturro). And I really didn't like how they made it seem like there was going to be a sick bowling competition between rival teams...which doesn't happen. And lastly we have Sam Elliott who other than bringing his cool voice and badass moustache to the table, doesn't serve much of a purpose either. It would take far worse than this to shake my faith in the Coens, but this was still pretty awful. What people actually see in this movie is a mystery to me.
THE EXTRAS
Worthy Adversaries: What's My Line Trivia: This trivia game pops up as you watch the film and lets you make a game out of guessing upcoming lines and quotes. Cool I guess, if you're a fan.

An Exclusive Introduction: I'm not really sure what this is supposed to be, beyond some type of farce/mocumentary of sorts but it's not very funny. I'm so confused.

The Dude's Life: Jeff Bridges is told by a friend that The Dude is considered a Zen master in certain circles. I'm not so sure I believe it though.

The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later: Here the cast and crew go on about the fans and lore that still make this film popular after all these years. At least this one seems to have gone better than that live presentation.

Making The Big Lebowski: The Coens give us the low down on the film and it's wacky characters having no idea they would attract such an offbeat cult following. I'm still amazed that there's a Lebowski Fest.

The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever's Story: This is a small exert from a documentary about a guy who meets up with some peeps heading for The Lebowski Fest over some drinks. I'm not so sure I want to know what goes on at this party.

Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of The Dude: Here we try to make rhyme or reason of The Dude's ridiculous dreams. To be fair though, these are no worse than the dreams in Harold and Kumar, though I'm surprised he wasn't flying with a bag of weed too.

Interactive Map: Just like the name implies, we get a big interactive map with fourteen different places found in the film ready to be explored. Again, cool if you're into it.

Photo Gallery: Jeff Bridges shares a photo booklet with film themed pictures, which are also joined by a pile of individual movie stills and art from the movie.

Previews: There's a slew of trailers, some BD-Live content and the Blu-ray case also happens to be a twenty-three page hardcover picture book.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
I don't know folks, maybe THE BIG LEBOWSKI was just too low brow for me, maybe the planets were out of alignment the night I watched it, or maybe, just maybe this film isn't nearly as good as some people think. Either way, this is my opinion and should only be regarded as such.
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4:09PM on 08/29/2011
Half a star lower then "The Ward" and "Priest", come on man, really? I can understand not liking it if you're not invested in the characters since that is what drives this movie. The plot line doesn't matter, it's a character driven movie. Still, half a star lower?
Half a star lower then "The Ward" and "Priest", come on man, really? I can understand not liking it if you're not invested in the characters since that is what drives this movie. The plot line doesn't matter, it's a character driven movie. Still, half a star lower?
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3:31PM on 08/29/2011
I think in order to enjoy Lebowski you really need to dig the vibe. The plot is absolutely inconsequential and if you don't at least like The Dude as a character from the outset then you simply won't find anything worth your time here.
I think in order to enjoy Lebowski you really need to dig the vibe. The plot is absolutely inconsequential and if you don't at least like The Dude as a character from the outset then you simply won't find anything worth your time here.
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12:40PM on 08/29/2011
You gave the movie The Tourist - 3 stars but Big Lebowski 2 and half? This is coming from a none die hard Lebowski fan either.
You gave the movie The Tourist - 3 stars but Big Lebowski 2 and half? This is coming from a none die hard Lebowski fan either.
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12:32PM on 08/29/2011

really?

not sure about some of these reviews. so this movie isn't even worth renting unless you wanna watch special features?
not sure about some of these reviews. so this movie isn't even worth renting unless you wanna watch special features?
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8:14AM on 08/29/2011
That's a very honest and understandable review. I don't consider myself part of the cult that quotes this movie ad nausium, but I am a big fan of hard-boiled detective fiction (as are the Coens, if you've seen Miller's Crossing), and The Big Lebowski is like a modern day detective story, albeit, with a stoner instead of a hard-boiled detective.
That's a very honest and understandable review. I don't consider myself part of the cult that quotes this movie ad nausium, but I am a big fan of hard-boiled detective fiction (as are the Coens, if you've seen Miller's Crossing), and The Big Lebowski is like a modern day detective story, albeit, with a stoner instead of a hard-boiled detective.
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