The Dude, Jeff Lebowski is unemployed and laid-back... until... victim of mistaken identity, two thugs break into his apartment in the errant belief that they are accosting Jeff Lebowski the Pasadena millionaire. In hope of getting a replacement for his soiled carpet, the Dude visits his wealthy namesake, with buddy, ex-Nam Veteran, Walter, he is swept up in a Coen-esque comedy/thriller of extortion, embezzlement, sex and dope. It takes guys as simple as the Dude and Walter to make a story this complicated... and they'd really rather be bowling.
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This is the Coen Brothers greatest work. They have dabbled in many different genres throughout their careers from film noir (Blood Simple) to gangster flick (Millers Crossing) and even turning George Clooney into an escaped convict in the comedy 'O'Brother Where Art Thou'. But this is a piece of genius.
Jeff Bridges plays "The Dude" aka Jeff LeBowski, he is a bum that has no job, smokes weed and lives to go bowling with his two pals Walter (Jon Goodman) a crazy ex-Vietnam veteran and Donnie (Steve Buscemi).
His life is turned upside down however when The Dude's namesake, and multi-millionaire, Jeff Lebowski's young trophy wife racks up huge betting bills "all over town". Two heavies break into the dude's apartment intent on getting their money back and end up peeing on The Dude's rug.
This action leads to a whole catalogue of events that spiral out of control and leads the dude to meet pornographers, feminists, nihilists, Saddam Hussein and even Jesus! Jeff Bridges gives the performance of his distinguished career (although he was apparently just playing himself!) and Jon Goodman is just absolutely hysterical.