The Coen Brothers’ quirky and lovable 1998 film has become quite deservedly something of a cult classic, with its references to bowling, art and drugs and also its collection of crazy burn out characters – oh yes and not to forget its plot lines that include a mistaken identity, kidnapping, extortion and death!
Jeff Bridges stars in the titular role but is mostly referred to as the Dude; his laid back comic persona perfect for the part of the ace slacker. A supporting cast of John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman make this a treat for fans of cool acting, people who know how to inhabit the moment.
The plot has something of the Raymond Chandler adapted film noir classic ‘The Big Sleep’ (1946) about it as there seems like a lot of unimportant or unrelated things are occurring, but as the film progress, they appear more connected as The Dude meanders along trying to deal with various situations like some later-day gumshoe.
Sip on a White Russian, sit back and drink in this wonderful film…