The Big Lebowski (1998)
Director: Joel Coen
Cast: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, David Huddleston
Synopsis: Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges), arrives home and is attacked with his head in the toilet and two men demanding that he pay them the money he owes Jackie Treehorn. When they realize that he is in fact the wrong Jeffrey Lebowski, they leave but not before one of them takes a piss on his carpet. While bowling the Dude describes the events to his two teammates Walter (John Goodman) and Donny (Steve Buscemi), after which Walter tell the Dude that he should seek restitution for the rug from the other Lebowski. When the Dude visits the other Jeffrey Lebowski (David Huddleston), he asks him to cover the cost of the rug because it really tied the room together, to which the elder Lebowski insults the Dude and throws him out. The Dude steals a rug from inside the house and meets Bunny the Big Lebowski’s much younger wife. Later the Dude is contacted by the Big Lebowski again although this time it is because Bunny has been kidnapped and he wants the Dude to be the bag man. The Dude is again attacked in his apartment this time by the Big Lebowski’s daughter Maude (Julianne Moore), who wants the rug back because it used to belong to her mother. After he and Walter mess up the drop off for the kidnapping everything starts to go wrong for the Dude who in all this just wants restitution for the rug that really tied the room together.
Trivia: A lot of the Dude’s clothes in the movie were Jeff Bridges’s own clothes, including his Jellies sandals. The Dude was based on independent film promoter Jeff Dowd (aka Jeff “The Dude” Dowd), who helped the Coen brothers secure distribution for their first feature, Blood Simple.. Like his fictional counterpart, Dowd was a member of the Seattle Seven and takes a casual approach to grooming and dress. The Port Huron Statement that The Dude refers to himself as being one of the original authors of, is a real document/statement written by The Students for a Democratic Society at a national convention meeting in, Michigan, June 11-15, 1962. Jeff Dowd was not one of those students, being not quite 13 years old, as he was born on November 20, 1949.
Why I think you should see this: This is my favourite Coen Brothers feature and also my favourite Jeff Bridges performance I mean he is the Dude right? This is a movie about nothing but also contains a very complex crime story as well. John Goodman is absolutely hilarious in his best role as the Dude’s best friend who is always berating Steve Buscemi’s character “You’re out of your element Donny!”. I just love this film because it is so cleverly written and well acted, I could watch this anytime, anywhere it’s just that much fun. Definitely check this one out when you have the chance.