Parents' Guide to

The Big Lebowski

By Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Quirky cult comedy has drugs, language, violence, sexism.

Movie R 1998 108 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 22 parent reviews

age 15+

Really funny.

Rated R16, TV-MA

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
1 person found this helpful.
age 18+

It gave me headaches hearing the F bombs

I thought I could handle watching this movie, but I was wrong. Mostly everybody's mouths need to be washed with soap. I'm getting headaches from hearing the constant F's. Nothing to me makes sense.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (22):
Kids say (31):

Nymphomania, pot, White Russians, and the search for a rug to tie his living room together set the stage in this wild ride of a movie. The Big Lebowski takes viewers through Los Angeles' underbelly, and, like other Coen brothers' movies, the story is too crazy to be believed. But it's so well done that 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 in the characters and actors. Along with the two main players, there's the Oscar-winning and brilliant Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Steve Buscemi, who uses his doe eyes to great effect here. Having sung the film's praises, it's also important to say that this is NOT a movie for kids, nor have all of its punchlines aged well over time.

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