Upon first viewing, the genius Coen brothers film The Big Lebowski may seem as sprawling and pointless as Los Angeles itself. But after multiple viewings (some proudly claim to have seen it hundreds of times), the film becomes ineffably funny, something beyond hysterically hilarious. The labyrinthine story follows an anti-hero named the Dude and his attempts to make an easy buck acting as a liaison between a millionaire and the people who may or may not have kidnapped his wife. Most everyone whos worth their film-buff salt can quote the movie verbatimand for good reason: Lebowski has some of the funniest lines ever uttered. It has become (inexplicably, really, even to the Brothers Coen themselves) a true modern classic . . . and one uniquely suited to ease the pain of a broken heart or any other number of traumas. You can guess where the story goes from there. He fixes the cable?
Wed., Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m., 2008