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YMMV: The Big Lebowski

These tropes are just like... uh... your opinion, man.

  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Depending on how you see Donny, he's either a figment of Walter's imagination, since The Dude only talks to him once, a figment of both the Dude and Walter's imagination or to put it simply, a real person.
    • Let's not forget Walter himself. He's either a gun-nut who's never been to the 'Nam, or his behavior is because his friends died there. Or perhaps, it was because of his divorce.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: "Gutterballs", and the introduction to Maude's film editing friend. Even the Dude is confused himself.
  • Crazy Awesome: Walter.
  • Crosses the Line Twice:
    • Jesus. No, not that Jesus.
    • The scattering of Donny's ashes.
    • Julianne Moore says this is her idea of Maude, only replace "horror" with "pretentiousness." She is so pretentious, she stops coming off as annoying and starts being funny.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome:
    • The Gipsy Kings cover of "Hotel California," among other gems.
    • Mickey Newbury's "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" is another crisp single.
    • CCR's "Looking out my backdoor" is the Dude's song.
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: Not many in this film, but there's a small one just before the final fight with the nihilists, when Donnie is frightened and Walter, for once in his life, takes a break from berating him to say that he's not going to let anybody hurt him.
    • The Dude hugging it out with Walter after Donny's funeral may also count, as well as Walter's eulogy. The first half, anyway.
  • Cult Classic: The movie's reception upon release was mixed, with a solid budget return for the film's relatively small budget (only $15 million!). However, we can thank...
    • "The Little Lebowski Urban Achievers. And proud we are of all of them."
    • Not to mention the fact that the movie spawned an entire religion.
  • Drinking Game: The Lebowski Challenge: Every time the Dude drinks a White Russian, you drink a White Russian. Every time the Dude does a J, you do a J.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Jesus "The Jesus" Quintana.
    • Joo said eet, mang. Nobody fucks wit da Jesus.
  • Fountain of Memes: This movie is insanely quotable.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: In the intro, the date on the Dude's check reads "Sept. 11." The film was released three years before the tragedy, while it takes place exactly ten years before.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The cheque the Dude writes in the opening scene is dated September 11th, and during the same scene, George H. W. Bush is giving his "this will not stand" speech in regard to the Gulf War.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: On the rich Lebowski's wall is a mirror mocked up to look like a TIME Magazine "Person of the Year" cover with the caption "Are you a Little Lebowski Urban Achiever?" In 2006, TIME Magazine's POTY was "You" and the cover was a mirror.
  • I Am Not Shazam:
  • Memetic Badass: Walter. He get away pointing a gun at a man in a bowling alley or destroying a car and let's not forget he bite a nihilist's ear off.
  • Memetic Molester: "No, he's a sex offender. With a record."
  • Memetic Mutation: The whole thing. The line "The Dude abides" in particular.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: "Forget it, Donny! You're out of your element!"
  • Vindicated by History: The film garnered mixed critical reception and meager box office sales in theaters; on home video, it became a comedy classic.
  • Wangst: Everyone in this movie complains too much about their problems. But no one could match up to the sheer whining that the nihilists gave when they are trying to confront the Dude, Walter and Donny.
    "His girlfriend cut off her toe!"
    "She thought ve be getting million dollars, Lebowski!"
    "Is not fair!"
  • The Woobie: It's hard not to feel at least a little bad for the Dude.
    "All the Dude wanted was his rug back."

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