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Review: ‘The Big Lebowski’

Staff Writer

Published: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 14:02

Upon deciding to write a review of my favorite movie, I had a dilemma, I love so many films.

Sitting in my room I looked up and saw it, a poster with a long haired, bearded man lounging in a robe. Also on this poster in white text are the ingredients to an alcoholic beverage, the White Russian.

Of course I’m talking about The Big Lebowski. This film is relatively unknown, so I’ll give you my favorite TV description, “3 bowling friends go on a quest to reclaim a rug”. At its core, that is exactly what it is about.

The three friends are Jeffery Lebowski, a brain fried hippie (self known as The Dude), Walter (a Vietnam veteran who refuses to stop relating everything to war), and Donnie (a meekish, curious third wheel who never get voice his opinion). It all starts when

The Dude gets mistaken for a billionaire with the same name whose wife owes money to various people. One of whom is a well known pornographer, Jackie Treehorn. Treehorn sends two of his goons to attack and threaten The Big Lebowski, the one with the money, but instead they find The Dude.

The encounter ends with one of the goons insulting The Dude while urinating on his prized rug. So after all of this, Walter convinces The Dude to request compensation for his, now soiled, rug.

After the Big Lebowski denies The Dude of such a “handout” he calls upon him to help find his kidnapped wife, who he thinks was kidnapped by the, ”Carpet Pissers.” From there it spirals deeper into the rabbit hole and becomes a wild cat and mouse chase with a lost ransom, nihilists, a private eye, and the Big Lebowski’s artistically unaware daughter.

To say this film is the Cohen Brother’s masterpiece is an understatement. Unlike their other films (Fargo, No Country for Old Men, and True Grit), The Big Lebowski stands out because of its sheer silliness and intriguing storyline the keeps more problems arise as soon as another seems to be solved.

It also helps that every character in the film is memorable. The Dude is so relatable to people because he isn’t a hero, he isn’t some genius, or even really up to standards with most people. He is relatable because he is so laid back and has, what he considers, his great life in order and is trusted into this wild goose chase when all The Dude ever wanted was his rug back.

I could sit here all day and try to explain to you how awesome and hilarious this film is, but it is something you must experience for yourself. Go out and rent or buy it, this film is worth being seen by you numerous times.

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