Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Achievers: The Story of the Lebowski Fans (2009)

Director: Eddie Chung

Composer: Greg Kuehn

Starring: Joe Blevins, Jeff Bridges, Lu Elrod, Jerry Haleva, James G. Hoosier, Jim James, Becky Jones, Robin Jones, Stormy Lang, Will Russell, C. Scott Shuffitt

More info: IMDb

Tagline: You're not dealing with morons here.

Plot: This film follows the intertwining lives and sub-culture of "Achievers," fans of "The Big Lebowski."

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

I've been a big fan of the Coen brothers for nearly thirty years but I've never understood the cult-ish appeal of THE BIG LEBOWSKI (1998) after having watched it at least twice.  This documentary helps break down the reasons why so many people are drawn to it to the point that I'll watch it again with an adjusted pair of eyes.  As far as the documentary goes, it's alright.  It's more about the people who started and participate in the main Lebowskifest that's been going on for some years.  Cool?  Jeff Bridges is in it and he's having a great time.  Ridiculous?  The one chick who's one goal in life is to win the first place trophy for the trivia contest. She's rabidly obsessed with winning it.  Wow.  Just wow.  It's on Netflix instant and it's worth a look for anyone who is a huge fan of The Dude or for those like me who just don't get the gushing fan base.

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