History Film / TheBigLebowski

24th Jul '17 1:52:08 PM CHLORINEGARGOYLE
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* BittersweetEnding: The Stranger argues for this. [[spoiler: Donny is dead and the Dude and Walter will never be able to prove the Big Lebowski's guilt, meaning all they have to do now is contemplate their lives before the big game. And the Dude doesn't get his rug. However we hear there's a little Lebowski on the way, albeit one that won't have the Dude's involvement in his upbringing. In addition, Big Lebowski gets traumatized by Walter for his swindle, the irritating Nihilists won't harass the Dude anymore, and the Dude won't take the fall for Bunny's disappearance like the Big Lebowski planned.]] And, you know, come what may... "the Dude abides."

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* BittersweetEnding: The Stranger argues for this. [[spoiler: Donny [[spoiler:Donny is dead and the Dude and Walter will never be able to prove the Big Lebowski's guilt, meaning all they have to do now is contemplate their lives before the big game. And the Dude doesn't get his rug. However However, we hear there's a little Lebowski on the way, albeit one that won't have the Dude's involvement in his upbringing. In addition, Big Lebowski gets traumatized by Walter for his swindle, the irritating Nihilists won't harass the Dude anymore, and the Dude won't take the fall for Bunny's disappearance like the Big Lebowski planned.]] And, you know, come what may... "the Dude abides."



* BlackComedyRape: The Jesus. "...until it goes ''click.'' YOU GOT A DATE WEDNESDAY, BABY!"

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* BlackComedyRape: The Jesus. "...until Jesus' threat to our heroes: shoving Walter's pistol up his ass "until it goes ''click.'' YOU GOT A DATE WEDNESDAY, BABY!"



* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: [[spoiler:which turned out to not have money in it at all. Perhaps someone should have opened it.]] Walter replaces the real one with his undies.
* BrokenRecord: Walter has a tendency of repeating himself, and sometimes he goes into overdrive.

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* BriefcaseFullOfMoney: [[spoiler:which [[spoiler:...Which turned out to not have money in it at all. Perhaps someone should have opened it.]] Walter replaces the real one with his undies.
* BrokenRecord: Walter has a tendency of repeating himself, himself (especially when pissed - or more pissed than usual), and sometimes he goes into overdrive.



* ClassicalAntihero: The Dude is a nice guy, but he clearly doesn't want to be involved in the weird conspiracy he finds himself in. As the Stranger notes, all he really wants (at first) is some compensation for the two goons breaking into his house and ruining his rug-- and only sought that out after Walter pushed him into doing so. This is in stark contrast to Walter, who seems to leap at the opportunity to get involved.

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* ClassicalAntihero: The Dude is a nice guy, but he clearly doesn't want to be involved in the weird conspiracy he finds himself in. As the Stranger notes, all he really wants (at first) is some compensation for the two goons breaking into his house and ruining his rug-- and only sought that out after Walter pushed him into doing so. He does show concern for Bunny... but only once grievous harm is threatened. This is in stark contrast to Walter, who seems to leap at the opportunity to get involved.
23rd Jul '17 8:29:22 PM KeithTyler
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** Uli Kunkel's band ''Autobahn'' is a huge nod to Kraftwerk, not just because of the lookalike cover, but also "Autobahn" is the title of one of Kraftwerk's best-known songs.
6th Jul '17 3:51:59 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Absurdism}}: Arguably a modern-day example, given the strangeness of the humour and how little most of the film’s convoluted plot turns out to mean. The latter element is arguably cribbed from ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', of which it is a very loose adaptation. The film also shares some other aspects of the movement, including strange, repetitive (but still naturalistic) dialogue and a portrayal of established institutions as empty and corrupt, and The Dude could arguably be considered TheAntiNihilist (even though he himself almost certainly wouldn’t think of himself in those terms).

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* {{Absurdism}}: Arguably a modern-day example, given the strangeness of the humour and how little most of the film’s convoluted plot turns out to mean. The latter element is arguably cribbed from ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', of which it is a very loose adaptation. The film also shares some other aspects of the movement, including strange, repetitive (but still naturalistic) dialogue and a portrayal of established institutions as empty and corrupt, and The Dude could arguably be considered TheAntiNihilist (even though he himself almost certainly wouldn’t think of himself in those terms).terms, and he’s definitely on the lazy side of the trope).
6th Jul '17 3:48:57 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Absurdism}}: Arguably a modern-day example, given the strangeness of the humour and how little most of the film’s convoluted plot turns out to mean anything. The latter element is arguably cribbed from ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', of which it is a very loose adaptation. The film also shares some other aspects of the movement, including strange, repetitive (but still naturalistic) dialogue and a portrayal of established institutions as empty and corrupt, and The Dude could arguably be considered TheAntiNihilist (even though he himself almost certainly wouldn’t think of himself in those terms).

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* {{Absurdism}}: Arguably a modern-day example, given the strangeness of the humour and how little most of the film’s convoluted plot turns out to mean anything.mean. The latter element is arguably cribbed from ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', of which it is a very loose adaptation. The film also shares some other aspects of the movement, including strange, repetitive (but still naturalistic) dialogue and a portrayal of established institutions as empty and corrupt, and The Dude could arguably be considered TheAntiNihilist (even though he himself almost certainly wouldn’t think of himself in those terms).
6th Jul '17 3:47:32 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Absurdism}}: Arguably a modern-day example, given the strangeness of the humour and how little most of the film’s convoluted plot turns out to mean anything. The latter element is arguably cribbed from ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', of which it is a very loose adaptation. The film also shares some other aspects of the movement, including strange, repetitive dialogue and a portrayal of established institutions as empty and corrupt, and The Dude could arguably be considered TheAntiNihilist (even though he himself almost certainly wouldn’t think of himself in those terms).

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* {{Absurdism}}: Arguably a modern-day example, given the strangeness of the humour and how little most of the film’s convoluted plot turns out to mean anything. The latter element is arguably cribbed from ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', of which it is a very loose adaptation. The film also shares some other aspects of the movement, including strange, repetitive (but still naturalistic) dialogue and a portrayal of established institutions as empty and corrupt, and The Dude could arguably be considered TheAntiNihilist (even though he himself almost certainly wouldn’t think of himself in those terms).
6th Jul '17 3:41:53 PM CassandraLeo
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* {{Absurdism}}: Arguably a modern-day example, given the strangeness of the humour and how little most of the film’s convoluted plot turns out to mean anything. The latter element is arguably cribbed from ''Literature/TheBigSleep'', of which it is a very loose adaptation. The film also shares some other aspects of the movement, including strange, repetitive dialogue and a portrayal of established institutions as empty and corrupt, and The Dude could arguably be considered TheAntiNihilist (even though he himself almost certainly wouldn’t think of himself in those terms).
27th Jun '17 12:42:29 AM DoctorNemesis
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* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: Provides the current page image. The Dude suffers multiple home invasions, and getting kinda sick of it, starts to nail a piece of wood to the floor and props a chair between it and the door. It is immediately revealed that [[DoorDumb the door opens outwards instead of inwards.]] And later in the film, he trips over it.

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* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: Provides the current page image. The Dude suffers multiple home invasions, and invasions and, getting kinda sick of it, starts to nail a piece of wood to the floor and props a chair between it and the door. It is immediately revealed that [[DoorDumb the door opens outwards instead of inwards.]] And later in the film, he trips over it.
24th Jun '17 7:25:32 PM nombretomado
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* AffectionateParody: The plot is sort of a meandering gonzo take on Creator/RaymondChandler-style noir detective stories, in particular, ''Literature/TheBigSleep''. The Coens have produced [[Film/BloodSimple their]] [[{{Fargo}} fair]] [[NoCountryForOldMen share]] of straightforward examples of the genre, so it's definitely an affectionate one.

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* AffectionateParody: The plot is sort of a meandering gonzo take on Creator/RaymondChandler-style noir detective stories, in particular, ''Literature/TheBigSleep''. The Coens have produced [[Film/BloodSimple their]] [[{{Fargo}} [[Film/{{Fargo}} fair]] [[NoCountryForOldMen [[Film/NoCountryForOldMen share]] of straightforward examples of the genre, so it's definitely an affectionate one.



* TheWalrusWasPaul: Some suspect the film was intentionally designed to make a fool of anyone who attempts to analyze it, particularly after the Coens' previous movie ''{{Fargo}}'' had become a darling among highbrow critics.

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* TheWalrusWasPaul: Some suspect the film was intentionally designed to make a fool of anyone who attempts to analyze it, particularly after the Coens' previous movie ''{{Fargo}}'' ''Film/{{Fargo}}'' had become a darling among highbrow critics.
27th May '17 12:31:02 PM nombretomado
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* TheFunInFuneral: "Goddammit, Walter! Everything's a fuckin' travesty with you, man! What was all that shit about [[TheVietnamWar Vietnam]]?"

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* TheFunInFuneral: "Goddammit, Walter! Everything's a fuckin' travesty with you, man! What was all that shit about [[TheVietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Vietnam]]?"



-->Smokey, this is not [[TheVietnamWar 'Nam]]. This is bowling. There are ''rules''.\\

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-->Smokey, this is not [[TheVietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar 'Nam]]. This is bowling. There are ''rules''.\\



* TheVietnamWar: Walter derails everything into a comparison with this, [[SingleIssueWonk whether it makes sense or not]].



** "Smokey, this is not [[TheVietnamWar 'Nam]]. This is bowling. There are rules."

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** "Smokey, this is not [[TheVietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar 'Nam]]. This is bowling. There are rules."
9th Mar '17 6:20:21 PM Theatre_Maven_3695
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* PoliticalStereotype: The Big Lebowski is a downplayed example. While he's never explicitly pegged as belonging to any particular party, his dialogue strongly parallels RealLife Republican rhetoric, as when he unfairly accuses The Dude of "looking for a handout," lectures The Dude on the importance of personal responsibility, and flies into a rage when The Dude rightly points out that, as the men who vandalized The Dude's apartment did so because of Lebowski's wife's debts, Lebowski himself bears at least some responsibility for what happened. Not to mention [[spoiler:he's liberally spending other people's money in secret]].
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