The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski (1998)

Genres - Sports & Recreation, Comedy, Crime  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Comedy, Buddy Film, Screwball Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 26, 1998 (USA - Unknown), Mar 6, 1998 (USA)  |   Run Time - 117 min.  |   Countries - United Kingdom, United States  |   MPAA Rating - R
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Review by Matthew Doberman

Those who preferred the cut-and-dry, linear plotline of the Coen brothers' Fargo (1996) might be advised to stay away from the duo's gleefully absurd follow-up, The Big Lebowski. The film doesn't have much use for established storytelling techniques; it's more of a series of bizarre vignettes, which might be a problem if they weren't so funny. The title character, brilliantly played by Jeff Bridges, is a latter-day, stoner version of Philip Marlowe; it's one of the many homages the Coens make to films of decades past. The supporting players -- including John Goodman as Lebowski's buddy, and John Turturro as the wonderfully profane bowling champ Jesus -- are excellent as well. Lebowski performed tepidly at the box office, perhaps because of the inevitable post-Fargo backlash. Much like the Coens' earlier cult classic Raising Arizona (1987), it's the kind of film that audiences either love or hate.