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THE BIG LEBOWSKI
January 1, 2014  | By David Bianculli

IFC, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

Almost every film the Coen brothers make qualifies, for me, as a spider-web movie. And this 1994 one, which has achieved a cult status of amazing proportions, certainly is no exception. I once saw a Museum of Moving Image exhibit in which someone had collected all the different times the word “dude” is uttered in this film. I’m not sure that’s art, but it was funny to watch. This film is even funnier: Jeff Bridges’ laid-back performance as The Dude is one of his career best, John Goodman is brilliant in a tightly wound supporting role, and I’d love this movie forever if only for its drug-induced Busby Berkeley homage, with bowling pins and Julianne Moore. Dude!

 
 
 
 
 
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