The Big Lebowski follows Jeffrey "The Dude" Lebowski,2 who wants nothing more than to bowl with is friends Walter and Donny,3 when a case of mistaken identity launches him into a kidnapping scandal meant for Jeffrey "The Big" Lebowski, his wife Bunny, his daughter Maude, and a host of others.4 Because it is a Coen Brother's script it's filled with fast and smart dialogue that makes for infinite quotability. The movie even tends to quote itself, as a good portion of the Dude's lines are said by another person in the film.
The movie has also achieved a cult following as every year fans all over the country organize Lebowski Fests. My friends Robin and Patrick have attended one in Los Angeles. My friend Kevin went to a Lebowski themed birthday party the other day. And while I was traipsing around Kalimndor slaying Deadwood tribe Furbolgs to gain reputation with the Timbermaw Hold, I saw a Night Elf who belonged to the "Lebowski Urban Achievers" guild.5
I should also ad that I had to replace my copy of The Big Lebowski because someone had stolen it. I got the collectors edition as a replacement, and this blog had me watching this copy for the first time ever. It has an introduction from "Forever Young Films" that I have never seen and that is quite humorous with Mortimer Young talking about this restored version of The Grand Lebowski.
1. Ethan and Joel.
2. Jeff Bridges
3. John Goodman and Steve Buscemi, respectively.
4. Dave Huddleston, Tara Reid, and Julianne Moore, respectively. Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, and Peter Storemare also have notable roles.
5. That's World of Warcraft for those of you who don't know.