There are a not insignificant number of absolutely classic movies that I have somehow missed up to this point in my life. The Big Lebowski was one of the more egregious examples. Was...until now. Keeping in mind that I have lived half my life being bombarded by slobbering praise and endless quotes from this cult classic, I tried to watch with as open a mind as I possibly could, taking special care to guard against too lofty of expectations. Having said all that, it is pretty damn funny. The characters are cartoonish in there actions and dialogue, and the story is ridiculous beyond belief at times, not to mention some extremely bizarre dream sequences that seem to exist only to not allow the audience to get too comfortable with the tone, but it all works. Jeff Bridges is perfect, as is John Goodman. The supporting cast all fit very nicely in their spots, regardless of how senseless their roles may be. The story is compelling, somehow. I have no doubt that with more viewings (and a few bong hits) I would grow to love this movie as much as everyone else. So, to the other guy who hasn't seen this movie, if you read this, go ahead. You won't be sorry.