‘The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans’ explores the Dude phenomenon

Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers 1998 cult film "The Big Lebowski" Photo by Merrick Morton/Gramercy Pictures

Jeff Bridges in the Coen Brothers 1998 cult film "The Big Lebowski" Photo by Merrick Morton/Gramercy Pictures

This entry is for fans of the Dude and the Coen Brothers. 

Take a look at this article in today’s The Los Angeles Times “The Achievers”. It’s about a documentary about the cult status of a film that was a box office failure.

The first time I saw this film about nihilism with a sound track of bad language I was not well impressed. The second time I saw it, in view of  editing essays for a film festival, I laughed until I cried. Deeply satirical. But you have to be in the zone, or a zone, to appreciate it. Just thinking about the ending especially, makes me laugh.

These geniuses (Coen Brothers) asked themselves what would happen if someone peed on the rug of a loser – who was happy being a loser? It all starts from there.

The Dude: That rug really tied the room together.

Someone ought to take an MRI of their brains to see what genius actually looks like.

The film is a satire of so many things Americana, but as Bell says, it is never mean spirited.

Here’s an essay that Nathaniel Bell wrote about “The Big Lebowski” for the City of Angels Film Festival in 2005: The Big Lebowski

  • Julia

    I was the same way, Sister! I didn’t get it the first time I saw it, but now I think it is brilliant. Thanks for posting!


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