Reviewed by: David Kerr
“The Big Lebowski” is the latest offering from Joel and Ethan Coen (the Coen Brothers) the people who brought you “Fargo” and “Blood Simple”. Joel directs, Ethan produces, and both write.
The story is about The Dude (Jeff Bridges), the laziest man in Los Angeles, who comes home one day to find two thugs waiting for a “Jeff Lebowski.” It turns out that there are two Jeff Lebowskis, The Dude being one of them and the other a wheelchair bound-man who lives in a mansion. After ruining The Dude’s beloved rug, the thugs realize that they have the wrong Lebowski. The Dude wants a new rug, and in the process of getting one, he runs into all sorts of trouble. A woman gets “kidnapped”, a gang of nihilists chase The Dude, a feminist-extremist wants to bear his child, and the list goes on. Helping out The Dude are his two bowling buddies played by John Goodman and Steve Buscemi.
This movie is hard to describe—it is an oddball of a show with no message. It is literally just a bunch of stuff that happens to The Dude while he is not out bowling. This movie is so laid back, it leaves viewers interested only in sitting in the theater seat upon completion of the film.
“The Big Lebowski” has an “R” rating for good reason. In this reviewers opinion, it is not as offensive as “Fargo” because of the laid-back style. There is one character in this movie, a warped bowler name Jesus, that will be likely to offend Christians.
I would not recommend this movie to anyone except a fan of Coen Brother’s films. Even then, there is no redeeming value in this film. Furthermore, literally hundreds of instances of profanity and obscenity, plus sexually suggestive dialogue, drug abuse, discussion of pedophilia, female breast rear male nudity, and violence make this a film off-limits to all Christians.