Friday, March 6, 2009

The Big Lebowski @ the Charles Theatre this week

Saturday, March 7 at noon
Monday, March 9 at 7 PM
Thursday, March 12 at 9 PM

(1998 Joel Coen) Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, David Huddleston, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Tara Reid, David Thewlis, Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Aimee Mann, Asia Carrera, Flea. 117m.

"In a film both sweeter and loopier than "Fargo," Joel and Ethan Coen and their rogues' gallery of actors explore Southern California's post-hippie, surfer-dude bowling scene. The results are irresistible, at least for audiences on the film's laid-back wavelength and in tune with its deadpan humor. With shaggy, baggy looks that belie his performance's fine comic control, Jeff Bridges plays a guy who truly deserves to be called Dude, and is by turns oblivious and indignant once a ruined rug leads him into neo-noir escapades. In a film that certainly keeps its audience guessing what might happen next (Saddam Hussein renting bowling shoes?), John Turturro takes the cake as the most fiendish of bowlers." — Janet Maslin