The Big Lebowski (1998)

THE BIG LEBOWSKI is closer to a character study than the caper com-
edy it thinks it is.  Though neither as fit nor funny as FARGO, the 
Coen Brother's latest is still a must-see, first for Jeff Bridges, 
as a pothead bowler who calls himself "the Dude," and second, for 
John Goodman, as the Dude's extra-intense league-mate and partner-
in-crime.  They've never been funnier.  The rest of the expectedly 
eclectic cast doesn't register as well as you might think, though 
John Tuturro is a howl in his two or three scenes.  (He plays the 
pedophilic pin-pounder "Jesus.")  As usual, heaps of quirky Coen 
humor abound, though, this time, the smaller details are often far 
funnier than the larger and more elaborately constructed comic 
ideas.  Fabulous photography, too, by frequent Coen collaborator 
Roger Deakins.  If only the plot weren't so damned difficult to 
follow...  With Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Huddleston, Steve 
Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Peter Stormare, and Sam Elliot.  (Rated 
"R"/115 min.)

Grade: B-

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