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The Big Lebowski

comedy, drama

The Dude"" Lebowski (JEFF BRIDGES), mistaken for millionaire Jeffrey Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it.

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 17
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
5 out of 5
5 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
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3 out of 5

A wild ride for adults only.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie is inappropriate for kids. The Dude is subject to a lot of violence. One group threatens to cut off his penis, while another threatens him by shoving his face in the toilet. A Malibu police chief hits him with a coffee cup. A woman's toe gets cut off (though not on screen), Walter wields a gun more than once, and Walter, the Dude, and Donny get in a fight with a group of nihilists. Women are most often treated as objects and there's some frontal female nudity. The Dude drinks and smokes pot while driving, and while doing everything else. There's lots of profanity as well.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the Dude's lifestyle. Is that something you aspire to? How would you handle a situation of mistaken identity? Would you listen to your friends the way the Dude listens to Walter?

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2 stars

It was not a waste of my time.... but so many LOVE this movie, but I barely liked it.

- Tomassgringo, Monday, June 2, 2014

4 stars

The Dude abides. Always.

- janna, Friday, October 22, 2010

4 stars

Another specimen in the Coen gallery of fascinating, eccentric characters, the "Dude" easily wins our sympathy thanks mostly to Bridges, who shines alongside Goodman in a very funny and engaging story.

- blacksheepboy, Thursday, October 21, 2010