The Big Lebowski

  • Review Date: July 14, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A wild ride for adults only.
  • Review Date: July 14, 2005
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 1998
  • Running Time: 108 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

A story of extortion and embezzlement set to the soundtrack of porn and drugs

Violence

Men threaten to cut off the Dude's penis; fighting between the Dude and some nihilists; a police chief throws a coffee cup at the Dude's head.

Sex

Some frontal nudity. The Dude and Maude have sex, but it's not graphic.

Language

Constant cursing, especially the f--k and s--t.

Consumerism

One grocery story is mentioned and pictured several times.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The Dude drinks and smokes pot while driving, and is constantly making drinks or smoking pot at other times.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie is inappropriate for kids. The Dude is subject to a lot of violence. One group threatens to cut off his penis, while another threatens him by shoving his face in the toilet. A Malibu police chief hits him with a coffee cup. A woman's toe gets cut off (though not on screen), Walter wields a gun more than once, and Walter, the Dude, and Donny get in a fight with a group of nihilists. Women are most often treated as objects and there's some frontal female nudity. The Dude drinks and smokes pot while driving, and while doing everything else. There's lots of profanity as well.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

All the Dude (Jeff Bridges) wants is some more milk for his White Russians. Instead, he comes home from an all-night grocery store to an ambush by some thugs who mistake the Dude for Jeffrey Lebowski, a philanthropist with a wife who's racking up debts all over town. The guys shove his head in a toilet, urinate on his rug, and leave the place with a threat. From there on, the Dude just wants to replace his rug, which "tied the whole place together." Following the Dude, THE BIG LEBOWSKI takes the viewer on a crazy ride through psychotic bowling beefs, deception by the disabled, naked, flying art, kidnappings, nihilists, and ransoms. All along, the Dude is accompanied by his blustering Vietnam vet bowling buddy Walter (John Goodman), who gets him in even worse trouble. Will the Dude be able to recover a lost $1 million ransom? Will Maude carry his baby? And what ever happened to the porn actress-turned-trophy wife-turned-supposed kidnapping victim? The Dude will show you.

Is it any good?

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Nymphomania, pot, White Russians, and the search for a rug to tie his living room together set the stage for The Big Lebowski, a wild ride through Los Angeles' underbelly. Like other Coen brothers' movies, the story is too crazy to be believed -- and so well done you can't stop watching it.

The brilliance of The Big Lebowski isn't so much in the story -- though it's got plenty of twists and turns -- but the characters and actors. Along with the two main players, there's the masterfully creepy and hilarious Jesus (John Turturro), the Oscar-winning and brilliant Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Steve Buscemi, who uses his doe eyes to great effect here. Having sung the films praises, it's also important to say that this is NOT a movie for kids.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the Dude's lifestyle. Is that something you aspire to? How would you handle a situation of mistaken identity? Would you listen to your friends the way the Dude listens to Walter?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:January 1, 1998
DVD release date:October 18, 2005
Cast:Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore
Director:Joel Coen
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Comedy
Run time:108 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:pervasive strong language, drug content, sexuality, and brief violence

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Teen, 13 years old Written byhobbes007450 July 19, 2009
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11
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great movie

this is the coens masterpeice, waaaaay above and beyond fargo. but apart from the swearing its all very comedy and saying its not appropriate for kids is well an overstatement. most will be able to deal with it fine, and its awesome
Teen, 13 years old Written byarrow94 May 26, 2009
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14
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Great Movie W/ Some Issues!!

Great movie with the only concern of the 200+ F-Words!! Hilarious film otherwise!!!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 15 years old Written byshooter guru January 12, 2011
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13
QUALITY
 

The dude abides man

Love this movie! One of my all time favorites. It is full of drugs and swears but nothing a mature 13 year old or above couldnt handle. From the start to the finish I was laughing hard. By the way man, that rug really tied the room together!
What other families should know
Too much swearing

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