His Dudeness graces The Frida Cinema as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of The Big Lebowski!
Irreverent, surreal, hilarious, and surprisingly poignant, this genre-mashing cult classic from auteurs The Coen Brothers introduced a pop culture icon, and remains one of the most quotable films of all time.
When L.A. slacker Jeffrey “The Dude” Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) is mistaken for a millionaire who is also named Lebowski (David Huddleston), he experiences a home-invasion robbery attempt by thugs who smash up his apartment and soil his beloved rug. When The Dude sets up a meeting with The Big Lebowski to settle the score on his rug, he becomes involved in an increasingly bewildering mystery brimming with drugs, kidnappers, nihilists, body parts, porn stars, and eccentric artists.
Co-starring John Goodman and Steve Buscemi as The Dude’s friends and bowling teammates Walter and Donnie, The Big Lebowski is an inspired blend of Western and Eastern philosophies, classic Hollywood musical tropes, and bona fide Los Angeles film noir – including a femme fatale (Julianne Moore), mysterious private investigator (Jon Polito), and elegant vice-pushing villain (Ben Gazzara) – elevated by the Coen’s masterful script, delivered with gusto by the entire cast. Also starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tara Reid, Peter Stormare, David Thewlis, and a scene-stealing John Turturro as bowler Jesus Quintana.
The Dude abides.
Directed by Joel Coen. 1998. 117 mins. Rated R.
Friday, June 15 – 6pm, 8:30pm
Sunday, June 17 – 5:30pm, 8pm
Tuesday, June 19 – 4pm, 10pm
“Far from being shallow pastiche, it’s actually about something: what it means to be a man, to be a friend, and to be a ‘hero’ for a particular time and place.” — Geoff Andrews, Time Out
“Like meeting the Three Stooges after they’ve blasted their brains with mind-altering drugs, time-traveled into the 1990s and landed in a vintage bowling alley.” — Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal
“The Coens are able to create wickedly funny eccentrics and possess the ability to energize certain actors to inhabit them completely.” — Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times