March 6th marked the 19th anniversary of the release of one of the greatest films ever made. The Big Lebowski was not much of a success at the box office, not even cracking 20 million, even with my $8.50. However, the movie has since become a cult favorite, spawning giant festivals, it’s own religion (true story, I was married by someone ordained by the Church of the Latter Day Dude) and offering endless quotes applicable to any situation. For those unfamiliar, the movie was written and directed by the Coen Brothers and stars Jeff Bridges as the Dude, academy award winner Julianne Moore, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, John Turturro, should I go on? … Philip Seymour Hoffman, Sam Elliott … more? … musicians Aimee Mannand Flea … Flea is in this movie playing a nihilist who appropriately believes in nothing. The story could be described as Chinatown meets Slacker, with a little Duck Soup on the side? While it is a truly unique film, here is a list of some adjacent movies, some spiritual forebears and successors to an all time great.
Chinatown – Both films are set in LA, both main characters have something bad happen to their faces.
Duck Soup – Marx Brothers at their absurd best.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang – Both movies are propelled by a case of mistaken identity. Also both in LA.
The Nice Guys – Two hilarious inept private eyes get in way over their heads.
The dude abides.