335. The Big Lebowski (1998)

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7.7 Weird and fun
  • Acting 7.8
  • Directing 7.9
  • Story 7.5
  • User Ratings (1 Votes) 9.5

Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Running Time: 117 mins


The Big Lebowski is an American film about an unemployed and deadbeat man who is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name, and soon after, he becomes involved in a complex kidnapping case, so that he can afford a new rug to replace his old, beloved one.

This was an absolutely crazy, yet very funny film. It had a good story, a seemingly complex yet quite interesting storyline, along with some extremely interesting characters that really added to the atmosphere of the film.

Although slow-paced, I really thought that this story was properly thought out. In comparison to the majority of comedies, which just go for laughs, this had a well written and clever story, and as that was balanced with some good farce along the way, I thought that it was a great watch.

Despite that, I thought that the comedy in this film was secondary to the story, being more of a light-hearted crime film, in comparison to a comedy centred around a crime, but nonetheless, there were some stand-out moments that were hilarious.

I’ll also say that this had one of the strangest, yet most effective ensemble cast of characters I’ve seen in a while. Every person in the story had bizarre personalities, random motives, however that did contribute to the chaotic mood that was being set around the way in which the main characters were handling the crime.

Overall, this gets a 7.7 because although it was often slow and not necessarily always laugh-out-loud, it had a good story, overall entertaining comedy, and some clever characters.

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The Mad Movie Man, AKA Anthony Cullen, writes articles and reviews about movies and the world of cinema. Since January 1st, 2013, he has watched and reviewed a movie every day. This is the blog dedicated to the project: www.madmovieman.com