While most cult movies are labeled so due to their deep story, supreme cast, or innovative filming techniques, there are certain films that are just weirdly awesome.
One such movie is “The Big Lebowski,” a flick with no obvious point whatsoever, yet truly entertaining and packed with lines people quote to this day.
The movie was directed by Joel Coen, who also wrote the script along with Ethan Coen, and the cast is basically Hollywood’s dream team, but the plot of the movie is ridiculously complex, yet in the end, irrelevant.
The story of this 1998 flick follows Jeff “The Dude” Lebowsky (Jeff Bridges), a slacker, good-for-nothing, unemployed man, who by chance gets mistaken for some rich guy when two thugs brake into his home, demand ransom for “his” wife, and take a leak on his carpet.
When the two intruders realize they’ve got the wrong guy, they flee the scene. However, “The Dude’s” rug has urine in it, so he teams up with his bowling buddies Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), a Jewish Vietnam veteran, and Donny (Steve Buscemi), whose story we never hear in the movie.
This killer trio proceeds to unravel the mystery behind the existence of two Jeff Lebowskis, and on this adventure they encounter Maude (Julianne Moore), Bunny (Tara Reid), Jackie Treehorn (Ben Gazzara), a gang of German nihilists, a ferret, drugs, disembodied toes, and many more weird things.
Box Office Performance
“The Big Lebowski” came out strong on its opening weekend, earning over $5.5 million right off the bat. However, not many people were held in awe at the time, so the movie grossed out for a $46 million in the end due to a low number of screenings.
Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, John Turturo, Philip Seymour Hoffman – all these names in one movie are a recipe for certain success, which “The Big Lebowski” is proof of.
You may not understand what it’s about, but once you’ve seen it, you’ll realize why “The Dude abides.”