, 2023-01-11 16:22:00,
Released in 1998, The Big Lebowski is a Coen brothers movie starring Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro. Bridges plays Jeff Lebowski, a middle-aged unemployed stoner slacker type known as “The Dude” who is mistaken for another older Jeff Lebowski who is known to be extremely wealthy.
Two thugs, mistaking the Dude for the older and wealthier Lebowski, break into his home looking to collect money for their boss, a porn kingpin named Jackie Treehorn. The thugs repeatedly dunk the Dude’s head in the toilet to try and get him to tell them where the money is. They also quite rudely urinate on his favorite rug that sits by the front door. Realizing the Dude’s lack of wealth, they correctly conclude they have the wrong Lebowski and leave.
The Dude is a simple man who likes simple things and he seeks out the other Lebowski in hopes of getting reimbursed for the rug that was ruined because of him. When the wealthy Lebowski’s trophy wife is kidnapped, The Dude takes on the task of delivering a ransom payment — which his buddy Walter Sobchak (played by Goodman) decides they are going to keep for themselves.
The Big Lebowski has developed a cult following over the years and a whole religion was even developed around the philosophy of The Dude. Let’s take a look at possible lessons we can learn from this movie, why the movie has such a cult following and how The Dude deals with what life throws at him.
8/8 Not Focused on Appearances
The Dude is clearly not focused on appearances like the older Mr. Lebowski (played by the late David Huddleston) and many people are. His clothes and appearance are not fancy. He goes to the grocery store in a housecoat. He drives his car until it’s dying breath, by the end, not stressing over the fact it looks like someone gave it CPR at a junkyard just to make it run. He’s not trying to impress anyone or portray himself in some way that is other than who he is. Mr. Lebowski, on the other hand, is all about appearing rich, powerful and self-made, when in reality his money came from his late wife. He’s a hypocrite and a phony while the Dude keeps it real.
7/8 Don’t Be a Square
If anything is true in this world, the Dude is not a square. When he goes to see Mr. Lebowski he let’s him…
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