A meditation on what makes life worth living disguised as a modern-day noir flick, disguised as an offbeat comedy, disguised as the most quotable film of all time — that's what The Big Lebowski is. Inspiring strange fits of passion from its legion of fans, Lebowski has spun off annual conventions devoted to the lifestyle of its title character, books exploring every character and his or her real-life antecedent, and spurred renewed interest in the blending and imbibing of the perfect White Russian. The short version of the plot: The Dude (Jeff Bridges) loses beloved rug in a case of mistaken identity, attempts to bowl well enough to make the league finals. That's it — the Coen Brothers build a warped vision of nocturnal Los Angeles around the Dude's quest for an equitable solution to his plight, and populate it with wackos, pederasts, nihilists, shamuses and a cowboy narrator. The Big Lebowski screens at 8:45 p.m. outdoors at the Old Post Office Plaza (Ninth and Locust streets; www.fyfoutdoormovies.com), and of course that comes with extras. At 8:15 p.m., there will be Wii bowling and a costume contest, so come dressed as your favorite character. After the film, the Flamingo Bowl offers $2 White Russians and opportunity to, you know, roll some balls. Admission is free, and you're entitled to bring your own beverages, provided they're not in glass bottles — such aggression will not stand.
Thu., Aug. 6, 2009