The Big Lebowski (1998)

A cult-classic bowling comedy with razor-sharp Coen Brothers-dialogue writing, epic performances by Jeff Bridges as The Dude alongside a fantastic cast, and twisted mistaken-identity caper mystery-thrills, The Big Lebowski hits a strike for late-90’s idiosyncrasy. 8.5/10.

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Plot Synopsis: Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is a lazy burnout who calls himself “The Dude” but happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife owes a lot of money to dangerous people. When The Dude has his rug ruined by a shark mistaking him for the other Lebowski, it sends him and his lovable band of misfits Walter (John Goodman) and Donnie (Steve Buscemi) dabbling into the Los Angeles underworld.

*Possible spoilers ahead*

Pros: Magnetic and quotable performance by Jeff Bridges as The Dude, fascinating bowling angle, perhaps the greatest performance of John Goodman’s entire career – absolutely side-splitting comedy as Walter, funny-looking and acting Theodore, lovable band of misfits for the main characters in an underdog sports kind of story like Dodgeball, extremely stylish and like a time capsule in everything from character to set design, a fantastic soundtrack, top-notch writing by the Coen brothers, intriguing plot and mystery angle figuring out what really happened to Bunny, good sports comedy as well with the eulogy and tribute to bowling, John Turturro hilarious too,

Cons: Relies on cussing too much for comedy – gets old after 100x, hate Maude (looks, lines, annoying character design, everything), overlong – sweet spot for comedies around 1 hr 30 min, not 2 hours. Take out Maude scenes and you’re there, disappointing ending not knowing the bowling tournament result & getting Donnie’s death instead.. one of the most lovable characters and not funny to joke about death in general

Overall Rating: 8.5/10

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