This is At the Buzzer’s countdown of the best 25 comedies of all-time. Our panel of 10 cast their votes, and we’re revealing the results one by one until we get to No. 1 on Tuesday, May 10.
And now, our number 21:
21) The Big Lebowski (4 votes, 129 points)
That rug really tied the room together.
Chris: One of the things that really makes The Big Lebowski work for me is the fact that I love all of the people behind the principal characters. John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Steve Buscemi and Julianne Moore? Hell yeah I’m on board!
A surprisingly violent and vulgar comedy, Lebowski has spent the last couple decades becoming one of the most quotable movies of all-time. It almost seems diminutive to call it a cult classic now, because it posted a respectable showing in the box office, but its fandom has only gotten stronger and stronger since then. Hell, there’s an annual festival for people who love the movie.
The Coen brothers are at their best when they look at the more off-kilter elements of society, and that stuff is on full display here. It’s almost like the stoner version of a caper movie, with a series of miscommunications and silly events that just keep spiraling out of control. It’s a movie that’s almost required viewing if you haven’t seen it. (And it gets bonus points from me for Flea having a cameo.)
Cary: Seeing The Big Lebowski in one sitting is way high on my list of things to do before I die. I’ve seen it in chunks here and there, and mostly on network television, of all things. There was a time when I thought it was going to happen, but we ended up seeing another Coen Bros. outing, The Ladykillers, instead. Huge mistake.
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