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The Big Lebowski

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The Big Lebowski 18 rating

Arguably one of the greatest comedies of modern times; the Coen brothers’ deconstructed film noir following slacker hero ‘The Dude’ (Jeff Bridges).

Comedy 1998 117 mins

Director: Joel Coen

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Arguably one of the greatest comedies of modern times, this dazzlingly inventive successor to The Big Sleep and The Long Goodbye sees Jeff Bridges as slacker hero ‘The Dude’, a far from efficient or even willing gumshoe, up to his stoned eyes in a surreal mystery involving kidnapping, blackmail, porn-kings, feminist artists, rug-running and bowling contests.

The definition of a cult film, the Coen brothers’ film was only a moderate success upon release but has since gone on to inspire fervent devotion, legions of fans (‘achievers’) and its own religion (Dudeism). Critical respectability has followed suit; it’s been selected for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry and Paul Schrader has argued its place as the 40th greatest film of all time in a piece for Film Comment. Its durability is largely down to its sheer consistency of laughs (and its endless quotability), but in the end The Big Lebowski is also a wry meditation on masculinity, heroism and friendship.

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