At Lebowski Fest 2009, That’s Just How They Roll

Maude Lebowski: “What do you do for recreation?”
The Dude: “Oh, the usual. I bowl. Drive around. The occasional acid flashback.”

It’s a weird slice of irony that out of all the Coen brothers’ whimsical, idiosyncratic offerings, “The Big Lebowski” should be the one that’s garnered the biggest cult following. There was no doubt of that on Friday in San Francisco, where I was on the ground at Lebowski Fest 2009 — which is currently on a 14-city tour — sampling White Russians and bowling a few frames with various Walters, Dudes, Maudes, Donnys and scissors-wielding Nihilists.

Dudes

If you have no idea what that means, just know that it’s all a celebration of the quintessential slacker movie, which many have called the first cult film of the Internet age. Or as Jeff Bridges — who played Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski in the 1998 movie — said while attending a Lebowski Fest in Los Angeles last year, “I just think it’s a weird dream I’m having, man.” Read more…