This is what the Coen brothers did with 1998’s The Big Lebowski.

The film follows Jeffry “The Dude” Lebowski, a 40-something California slacker with a penchant for White Russians and bowling, who gets caught up in a kidnapping plot due to a case of mistaken identity.

In this metaphor, the Big Lebowski is music, and you’re the plant.

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The Odyssey = O Brother Where Art Thou, not The Big Lebowski

Yeah, the Dude is a useless stoner loser…that’s kind of the whole point. It’s an inversion of the whole noir genre. Instead of a proactive iron-willed Sam Spade protagonist grinding against shadowy evil, we have a hippie with antagonistic forces seek him out despite his passive uselessness (noir meets North by Northwest). Instead of a hard-boiled L.A. for the setting, we get its other side: a crazy bizarre mix of yuppie/hippie culture.

“The Odyssey = O Brother Where Art Thou, not The Big Lebowski”

“If you’re looking for a kind of cultural lineage or the DNA of
Lebowski, the first half of the book concerns precursors and influences
on the film,” explained Comentale. “And so it really tracks a long
history of dudes in American culture – Rip Van Winkle, Bartleby the
Scrivener – basically, historical dudes who refused to act in any way,
or maybe even refused to work.” If I ever say anything remotely like this, I hope I have the decency to pause afterward and question my reason for living.

What condition is the Dude’s linguistic condition in? Obviously, it’s fucked.

The Big Lebowski - Essay by Deepsandiruth864

The Big Lebowski: An American ‘comedy’ that, unlike Obama’s economic policies, somehow fails to provoke any laughter at all. UNLESS of course you get a kick out of watching an apparently mentally-challenged dipshit stumble from one incongruous mishap to the next.
I know; NOW it sounds like I’m describing G W Bush’s tenure.

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Anyway, the Big Leblowme is a lame story centered around a middle-aged, alcoholic loser who seems to possess the intellect and attention span of common field asparagus. If you can stomach watching a grown man constantly behaving and reasoning like a perma-stoned teenage Southern Californian, then THIS is the movie for you!

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The Big Lebowski has officially become the Monty Python and the Holy Grail for the 21st (close enough) century. A brilliant comedy that legions of dipshit fans do their best to ruin.

The Coen Brothers were inspired by film noir when making their movie, The Big Lebowski.

‘The Big Lebowski’ and Its Dude Get the Academic …

What’s the secret to the Big Lebowski? There is no secret. The reason people fall in love with The Dude is because he is in every scene in the movie. A simple technique that the humble Coens mentioned in the commentary.

The Big Lebowski is a playful, modernized, and loose form of noir film.

Notes for an essay on symbols in The Big Lebowski

Dude- “It’s all a goddamn fake. Like Lenin said, look for the person who will benefit. And you will, uh, you know,you’ll, uh, you know what I’m trying to say”

With that said, The Big Lebowski, is a tribute to the themes of classic film noirs....

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The second half concerns fan behavior, and the activities that surround the film. But Comentale and Jaffe didn’t just want to analyze fans – they wanted them to read the book! The editors knew that fans were just like The Dude – laid-back, but not dumb by any means.