Bowling with The Dude at Jillian’s, Indianapolis Downtown

The Dude abides at Jillian’s in Indianapolis downtown this Wednesday, April 20, as the Indy Film Festival presents Roving Cinema: The Big Lebowski. A classic piece of cult cinema directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, “The Big Lebowski” features a pre-Academy Award Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi, Tara Reid, Philip Seymour Hoffman and John Turturro. Don’t miss this exciting Indianapolis arts event, as Jillians screens “The Big Lebowski” in their bowling alley.

Jeff Bridges is “The Dude.” After a case of mistaken identity, he meets millionaire Jeffery Lebowski. After Lebowski’s trophy wife is kidnapped, he hires The Dude to deliver the ransom and return the woman. A mad cap movie full of misdeed, mistakes and mayhem, “The Big Lebowski” is a classic modern American film. A cult favorite, this film is celebrated for its idiosyncratic characters, dream sequences, unconventional dialogue and eclectic soundtrack composed by Carter Burwell.

The film premiered in 1998 at the Sundance Film Festival. It followed “Fargo” in the cannon of the Cohen brothers films. After winning the Oscar in 1997 for “Fargo,” many first look viewers at “The Big Lebowski” were underwhelmed with the film that they characterized as profane and with dialogue gaps. Though the movie had a lukewarm showing at the box office, USA Today gave the movie three of four stars. The reviewer felt that the Dude was ” too passive a hero to sustain interest,” but that there was “enough startling brilliance here to suggest that, just like the Dude, those smarty pants Coens will abide.”

Overall, critical reaction to the movie cited the movie as weak, relative to the rest of the Coen brother’s body of work. However, most agreed that the directing pair had cemented their place as major American filmmakers. The Washington Post stated “the Coens have defined and mastered their own bizarre subgenre. No one does it like them and, it almost goes without saying, no one does it better.”

The film’s cult following first became prominent in the Summer of 2000. One writer published an article about a midnight screening of the film, where attendees were quoting the script in conversation. Two years later, a midnight screening in Santa Cruz turned away several hundred people. That same year, Lebowski Fest began in Louisville, Kentucky. 150 fans showed up to celebrate their shared love of The Dude with screenings, costumes, trivia games and other contests.

Video: The Big Lebowski at Jillian’s in Indianapolis Downtown


The Dude has even spawned his own religion. Dudeism has a large online following of people living the Dude’s philosophy and lifestyle. In addition, there is “The Church of the Latter Day Dude,” an organization of more than 50,000 “Dudeist Priests.”

In the film, The Dude often does his best thinking with friend Walter Sobchak at the local bowling alley. Enjoy the film in a unique setting as Jillian’s devotes their adult themed bowling alley to viewing the film. Sip on $5.00 White Russians (the Dude’s drink of choice) as you watch the movie. General admission is $5.00. Arrive early to find a seat, or bring a blanket and watch right from the bowling lanes.

Jillian’s also offers a Lebowski Party deal for six people. $75.00 gets your party reserved lane seating, a game of bowling and a shoe rental for up to six people. In addition, other entertainment will be available including Yekp with popcorn, a Jillian’s party experience auction and limited edition silk screen posters from local designer Aaron Scamihorn. The party starts at 6:00 pm and the movie begins at 7:30 pm.

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Roving Cinema: The Big Lebowski
Wednesday, April 20
7:30 pm
General Admission: $5.00

141 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, Indiana