Big Lebowski Review – This ‘Dude’ Shoulda got the Oscar 12 Yrs Back

(For SI blog readers Shadowfax Arbit, Gandhiji and Mallukuttan)

Now that Jeff Bridges has won the Best actor Oscar, it’s time for a deko at some of his movies.

We’ve watched his Arlington Road back in the days when Blockbuster used to stock mostly video cassettes.

So when two three SI blog readers recently suggested The Big Lebowski, we thought why not since the movie is easily accessible on Netflix Instant Play.

Directed and written by the Coen brothers Joel and Ethan, The Big Lebowski debuted in 1998 to mostly favorable reviews.

Besides Jeff Bridges, the other members of the film’s cast include John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Julianne Moore, Tara Reid, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott, Peter Stormare, John Turturro, Jon Polito and Ben Gazzara.

OK, kids. We’ve watched 22 minutes of the film so far.

Yes, we’ve met The Dude.

The Chinaman has peed on his rug.

One of The Dude’s buddies has drawn a firearm at the bowling alley.

The Dude’s stolen a fancy rug from Mr.Lebowski’s place.

And The Dude is back at Mr.Lebowski’s place! Why? We have no clue yet.

You can be sure we’ll update this post after we finish the 117-minute movie.


Don’t you call him Lebowski! He’s the Dude.

Folks, dudes, Jeff Bridges should have received the Oscar 12 years back for his solid performance in The Big Lebowski.

A fine movie, folks. Mucho like.

Some of our readers whine (what else would these schmucks do) that we have an inherent bias against Indian movies and Indian film stars.

Ha ha ha.

Folks, you watch comedies like The Big Lebowski and actors like Jeff Bridges (The Dude) and John Goodman (who plays the Dude’s buddy and Vietnam War veteran) and then you see Ajith, Abhishek Bachchan and Jagapati Babu peeing all over themselves time and again.

Any surprise then that we are in a high dudgeon each time we exit a Bollywood or Kollywood film.

A fine comedy that has its roots in a case of mistaken identity, The Big Lebowski is one jolly roller coaster ride.

Kinda reminds you of former Mr.Madonna Guy Ritchie’s films. Only it’s not so frenetic, not so violent and features better acting.

When Bunny (Tara Reid) the trophy wife of a wheel-chair confined millionaire with the name of Lebowski fails to pay the money she owes to people, the goons come calling on our Lebowski, the dude.

As the unemployed, sloppily dressed, White Russian drinking, bowling loving, lazy bum, Jeff Bridges is a class act.

What’s not to like in the dude’s performance here.

As for the movie itself, the dialogs crackle, the drama never ceases and the dream music scenes sort of reminiscent of our Bollywood films.

The script by the Coen brothers is air-tight with not a moment of tedium, particularly after the kidnapping.

Man, these Coen dudes are not merely good directors but fine writers too. Kudos to the duo.

As our homage to The Big Lebowski, you can expect us to review the White Russian soon (right now, we’re sipping a Soytail of Skyy ‘blue bottle’ Vodka and Silk Chocolate Soymilk with some crisp La Choy Chow Mein noodles on the side. Not bad but we expect the White Russian will be better). πŸ˜‰

Guys, you can’t go wrong with this delicious comedy.

If you live in the U.S., you can get The Big Lebowski DVD or view it on Instant Play, both via Netflix.

As for Indians elsewhere, we remember once watching a film called Chori Mera Kaam. πŸ˜‰

14 Responses to "Big Lebowski Review – This ‘Dude’ Shoulda got the Oscar 12 Yrs Back"

  1. The Mahatma   March 9, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    I sure hope you are getting drunk while watching to enhance the enjoyment. Responds:

    Just finished (8:38PM ET). πŸ™‚

    Yes, we had our Gin & Club Soda for company.

    Will update the post in a little while. Feel like another Large. πŸ˜‰

  2. filumlover   March 9, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Can’t wait for the review “dude” πŸ˜‰ Responds:

    Soon, buddy dude.

    Lovely film.

  3. shadowfax_arbit   March 10, 2010 at 12:02 am

    I’m not there in the For list! I also recommended no? That too long back πŸ™ Responds:

    Yes, indeed you did as early as 2009/12/07 at 8:59am. Well before the other two (Gandhiji and Mallukuttan).

    So sorry, sweetie.

    See, we’ve now put your name first, bolded it and added a nice color to only your name. πŸ˜‰

    We wouldn’t mind watching this movie again. Since it’s on Instant Play, easy to do that.

    • The Mahatma   March 10, 2010 at 12:11 am

      hey me want color 2 Responds:

      Sorry, only for those who recommend First.

      BTW, this comment too went into the spam folder.

      • The Mahatma   March 10, 2010 at 8:49 am

        Maybe you should rewatch Harold and Kumar again with some White Castle (instead of White Russian). Responds:

        Will watch Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay (GK’s recommendation) soon.

        Alas, no White Castle in our area. The nearest one is at Cherry Hill, NJ.

        Since you went ‘anal’ last night, WordPress has decided to consign you to spam hell. Really.

        • The Mahatma   March 10, 2010 at 11:26 am

          weird, it is your spam filter that is anal.. I am assuming that it would have added guruprasad and me(or our ip addresses) to some blacklist that you can edit, no?


          We can’t edit Guruprasad’s at all. Whatever he writes goes into the spam-hole. We suspect because his IP is on some spamlist somewhere. Not at our end.

          In your case, we thought at first it’s being triggered by your fondness for the word ‘anal’ since that’s in our forbidden list but your subsequent anal-less ‘me want color 2’ comment also went into the spam hell. That was weird.

          It’s like the credit card rules. You default on one card, your APR goes up on all other cards!

          So, did you do something naughty elsewhere? Time to fess up. πŸ˜‰

    • STG   March 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

      It seems like this is second time you were unfair towards shadowfax_arbit and he/she reminds you whenever you miss to mention (in the comment you linked, shadowfax_arbit was whining that you didnt mention in Usual Suspect).

      edhukku indha vilambaram? (what this pubilicity for?) Responds:

      You write: you were unfair towards shadowfax_arbit and he/she reminds you

      So you think shadowfax_arbit can’t be ‘it‘…wonder why? πŸ˜‰

      • STG   March 11, 2010 at 1:35 pm

        third time being unfair towards shadowfax_arbit… and counting

        Peace Responds:

        And we’re cowering and shivering and fearing and….. πŸ˜‰

    • filumlover   March 11, 2010 at 1:32 pm

      Yeah, we want colour too.. Hum toh chutia ban gaye πŸ™

      BTW Did you try that White Russian that the dude drinks? πŸ˜‰ Responds:

      Not yet. We’ll do it in a day or two.

      Look out for the review. πŸ˜‰

      Have you tried it?

      Yes, we tried it this evening.

      White Russian – If there’s a Heaven, this is It

  4. sganeshkumar1989   March 10, 2010 at 7:06 am

    Will watch it,off course buying an original copy only! πŸ˜‰ Responds:

    Maybe you can get it at Indian online DVD rental services like seventymm??? Have you used any of those services? Are they any good?

    • sganeshkumar1989   March 14, 2010 at 11:07 am

      I heard Bigflix is better.I’ve not used any of them since both my PC’s CPU and the the video player are not DVD compatible(So,I buy/rent only VCDs.)
      I avoid piracy;but when I’m keen to watch some old classics or foreign language films and I do’t get them in the Big stores(Music World/Planet M);I prefer the torrents. πŸ™
      Ever since the VCD/DVDs became cheaper,I bought many of them and thus watched several Hollywood films.
      A good no. of movies in my collection are in IMDB top 250. πŸ˜‰ Responds:

      We face a different problem.

      When people get us DVDs from India, they sometimes don’t play in our system. πŸ™

      • sganeshkumar1989   March 14, 2010 at 11:22 am

        I’ve planned to buy a DVD player soon and then sign up for some Online scheme;and then maybe,I’ll never have to depend on online piracy forever. πŸ˜‰
        And if you review Insider soon,then I promise;’A Westside Story’ will be the last movie to be downloaded from my system! πŸ˜› (I’ve downloaded it last week.) Responds:

        OK, we’ll do Insider soon. πŸ™‚

  5. iamsumu   March 12, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Who is the Maha-moron who thinks HK 2 is better than HK went to White Castle? Must be smoking some bad weed or drinking horse rum.
    Lebowski is another classic by the Coen brothers (who’s repetoire is incredible).
    The morons at Oscars shafted Big Lebowski and Saving Private Ryan to give it to that hamfest called Shakespeare in Love. Ridiculous!! Responds:

    Gandhiji, you have a Maha-fan. πŸ˜‰ Please respond to him/her/it.

    • The Mahatma   March 12, 2010 at 11:24 am

      Gandhiji did not say HK2 was better than HK (that would be blasphemy). Even GK did not say that HK2 is better – he just said that HK2 was hilarious .. but I didn’t like it much.

      Shakespeare in Love (manchester Gwyneth’s best show) is on NFLX instant play.. Gwyneth looked gorgeous on Oscar day. is the best I could get – 1999 was year Responds:

      Since you went ‘anal’ your comments are all going to into spam. Sorry, just noticed it. 8:06PM

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