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The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski
The Big Lebowski
  • R
  • 1h 57m
  • 1998
Certified Fresh83%
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From the Academy Award®-winning Coen Brothers comes The Big Lebowski - the hilariously quirky comedy-thriller about bowling, avant-garde art, nihilistic Austrians, and a guy named… The Dude. Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski doesn't want any drama in his life… heck, he can't even be bothered with a job. But, in a case of mistaken identity, a couple of thugs break into his place and steal his rug (you gotta understand, that rug really tied the room together). Now, The Dude must embark on a quest with his crazy friends to make things right and get that rug back! Starring Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, John Goodman, John Turturro and Steve Buscemi, The Big Lebowski has become a cultural phenomenon.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh83%
Critics Consensus: Typically stunning visuals and sharp dialogue from the Coen Brothers, brought to life with strong performances from Goodman and Bridges.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Quirky '90s comedy has drugs, sex, cursing, and violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Big Lebowski is the classic 1998 Coen Brothers comedy in which Jeff Bridges plays a laid-back slacker who becomes embroiled in a kidnapping and extortion scheme. There's constant profanity throughout the movie, and "f--k" is the word of choice of The Dude and his friends. Saddam Hussein is referred to as a "camel f---er," and The Dude refers to one of the men who attacked him as a "Chinaman." There's some violence, including The Dude getting beaten up and knocked out by thugs, attacked with a marmot by nihilists, and knocked over by a strike in the head with a coffee cub by the Malibu chief of police. The Dude's friend Walter bites off the ear of one of the nihilists, and vandalizes a Corvette with a tire iron. The Dude often smokes pot, and is known for drinking White Russians. In one scene, The Dude smokes a joint and drinks a beer while driving, resulting in a crash. The trophy wife of the "other" Lebowski is a pornographic film actress shown in a scene in one of her movies showing female nudity. The actress offers to perform oral sex on The Dude for $1000. The movie, characters, and story have taken on a life of their own among its rabid fan base, and families can talk about the ways in which the movie, like many of the Coen Brothers movies, is a satire of the culture and people of a particular region of America (in this case, Southern California), and also how The Dude is viewed as a kind of Zen master who "abides" through life's ups and downs.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy
  • Release Date:March 6, 1998
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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