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Hidden Meaning in The Big Lebowski – Earthling Cinema


Greetings, and welcome to Earthling
Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is
The Big Lebowski, written and directed by the prophets Joel and
Ethan Coen, hallowed be their names. The film served as the
foundational scripture for a religion called Dudeism, which was
essentially just Taoism sprinkled with weed and Kahlua. It was the
philosophy of going with the flow, “F*ck it.” or “chilling out maxing relaxing
all cool and all shooting some bball outside of the school.”
Dudeism, or the Church of LatterDay Dudes, became Earth’s primary
religion in 1998. The Book of Lebowski recounts the
trials and tribulations of slovenly Christ figure Jeffrey Lebowski or as his disciples call him, “The Dude” “That’s your name, Dude.” Hair – check. Sandles – check. Robe – check. Sunglasses – check. The Dude is a tumbling tumbleweed,
content to spend his days bowling, which is about 5% gameplay and 95%
sitting around drinking. But when his sacred floor covering is
befouled, “Not on the rug, man.” he sojourns to a higher power to seek reparations. ”They come, and they pee on your f*cking rug.” “They pee on my rug?” Then he gets mixed up in a whole kidnapping
situation before finally getting back to what’s really important:
sports. “Two oat sodas, Gary.” At the end of the film, there is no
epiphany, no social gain, no world saved, Class 7 or otherwise. The
Dude hasn’t fallen in love or retired to a beachfront property
somewhere. He hasn’t even gotten a new rug. So why did humans base
their entire existence on this film? If we look at the source material
the film is parodying, we can begin to unravel this strange and
harrowing mystery. “Where’s the f*cking money, Lebowski?” The Big Lebowski is, at its heart, a noir film. “We’ve got to have a fall guy. Somebody they can pin those three murders on.” “All you needed was a sap to pin it on, you just met me…” It
pays homage to Raymond Chandler’s crime novel “The Big Sleep,” even
going so far as to plagiarize two words from the title. However,
instead of the hard-nosed, rough around the edges private eye
Phillip Marlowe, we get exactly the opposite — a laid back stoner with
a penchant for home decor. Humans could relate to such a character,
as they had been unintentionally emulating him since the ‘60s, man.
One common element of noir is characters who are haunted by their
past, especially if their past involves a no smoking sign [clips
of noir detectives smoking a lot]. Many characters in this film are
stuck in the past: the Dude is stuck in the flower power movement,
Walter is stuck in the Vietnam War and his marriage, Jackie Treehorn
is stuck in the glory days of Hugh Hefner, Maude is stuck in the
Fluxus art movement, and Donny is stuck in a coffee can. “Goodnight, sweet prince.” Likewise,
most noir stories were set against the grim background of World War
II, but this film is set against the Gulf War, a low-stakes military
endeavor that ultimately accomplished nothing. “Nothing, Lebowski, nothing!” The type of
war that still lives in its parents’ basement. “This is what happens when you f*ck a stranger in the *ss!” The film taught Earthlings to embrace their true nature and
mellow the f out by deconstructing everything they previously held
sacred. For example, the generic notion of success. The Dude is
considered a failure compared to someone like Lebowski, “Get a job, sir!” but it turns
out Lebowski’s “life of achievement” is bogus, “This guy’s a fake.” just like
the pagan religions of old. And speaking of religion, that gets
taken down a peg as well. “Nobody f*cks with the Jesus.” Maybe even two pegs. A character named
“Jesus” is portrayed as a pedophile, “8 year olds, Dude.” which was a big no-no on
Earth. Walter claims to be a devout Jew, “I don’t roll on sabbos” but really he’s just masquerading as a Jew to be closer to his wife. “You’re not even f*cking jewish, man.” For more information on Judaism, please refer to the TV show
Seinfeld. Then there’s the concept of death, which to those
unfamiliar, is the inexplicable ceasing of life. When no one is
looking, Donny nonchalantly dies of a heart attack. Meanwhile, Walter’s
eulogy turns into a rant about Vietnam, the largest moon of
Jupiter. “These young men gave their lives, so did Donny.” In the end, the whole story is a
farce, just like life on Earth, and later, Mars. “What’s the point?” The Dude is still the
Dude, preparing for his bowling tournament as if nothing has
changed. “The dude abides.” Because nothing has, give or take a best friend.
If you scratch the surface looking for meaning, you will find none. The worst
thing we can do is relentlessly overanalyze everything until we’re
blue in the tentacles. As the Dude’s teachings dictate, in a
world of unchecked aggression, the best thing you can do is to
simply… imbibe. “The Dude abides.” I mean abide. For Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx
Wormuloid. To convert to Dudeism, click the subscribe button. Or not,
whatever. Who cares?

Otis Rodgers

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100 COMMENTS

  1. Neil van Heerden Posted on August 22, 2017 at 9:28 am

    Garyx, you have single-handedly redeemed Youtube for me. Can you guys do The Grand Budapest Hotel?

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  2. Mllr hr Posted on August 31, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Good review, but still, the movie is shit.

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  3. Joseph Jensen Posted on September 2, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    The big wazowski

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  4. GanonGhidorah Posted on September 6, 2017 at 5:41 pm

    Hmmm, if you guys had done an Earthling Cinema on Blood Diamond and Secondhand Lions, then you'd basically have done all the movies that my grandmother has ever sent me.

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  5. CJusticeHappen21 Posted on September 9, 2017 at 1:01 am

    A movie about nothing.

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  6. ThatGuy Man Posted on September 12, 2017 at 10:19 pm

    Have they covered The Room yet

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  7. Neo Luthuli Posted on September 15, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Not in the rug…man

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  8. FanFanatik Posted on September 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    This movie is so fucking perfect for Hidden Meaning

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  9. Dragoninthewest Posted on September 22, 2017 at 4:12 am

    As a Dudeist Priest, I adibe.

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  10. Murdok Lambert Posted on September 28, 2017 at 3:46 am

    When are you going to do Game of Thrones?

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  11. Daniel & Kirstie Posted on September 30, 2017 at 11:03 am

    subscribed. this is the best the big lebowski review EVER

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  12. Michael Lane Posted on October 26, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    this is literally my favorite movie

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  13. L_kapur Posted on November 3, 2017 at 1:47 am

    The dude abides.

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  14. Matthew Malpeli Posted on November 8, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    Who thumbs downs an Earthling Cinema video about The Big Lebowski? Get their names so when we have robot communism we can send them to the gulag.

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  15. David Wahlstrom Posted on November 9, 2017 at 5:48 am

    BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE CHINA!

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  16. Sneezererz Dispatches Posted on November 14, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I’m sure by now it’s been cleared up, or I’m just wrong, but i, too, thought he was faking being Jewish until i read, then looked up, that he says he converted when he was married (which makes him Jewish by law, correct?). though it’s hard to hear him say it bc it’s almost kinda mumbled or perhaps just at a much lower volume than the dude’s loudly protesting that he’s not even Jewish prior to it, when juxtaposed, i guess. & of course fans of the film, like myself, as well as maybe some film experts(something I’m def not at all), will no doubt make arguments based off of that fact plus others i don’t know about. Anyway yeah just sharing what i read.

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  17. Jophar Hautman Posted on November 17, 2017 at 3:45 am

    LOL, sincerely thank you!

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  18. JJ Tarnoczy Posted on January 11, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Either this or 2 tabs of Lucy, this movie is a relic

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  19. Lost Boy Posted on January 19, 2018 at 12:19 am

    2:11 that killed me

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  20. Hair Posted on January 27, 2018 at 6:29 pm

    do legends of the fall

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  21. Frelal Posted on February 11, 2018 at 3:50 am

    Garrix have my babies please…

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  22. Roderick Molasar Posted on February 11, 2018 at 11:02 pm

    Seinfeld: A show in which nothing ever happens.

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  23. Brian Schlicher Posted on February 12, 2018 at 8:19 am

    The latter day church of dude lol.

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  24. Forta Leza Posted on February 15, 2018 at 9:28 am

    I think Swirmuloid is actually a human being pretending to be an extra-terrestrial.

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  25. Homo Erectus Posted on February 15, 2018 at 10:19 am

    "…the type of war that still lives in it's parents' basement" fucking gold

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  26. Alex Hartan Posted on March 5, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    "… and Donny is stuck in a coffee can" :))

    Awesome review of an awesome classic. Do Office Space next? :O

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  27. mreshadow Posted on March 7, 2018 at 1:59 am

    And Donnie is stuck in a coffee can

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  28. woostep Posted on March 8, 2018 at 4:43 am

    OMG Garyx Wormuloid YAFG

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  29. Thunda1986 Posted on March 11, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    so pedophilia is acceptable in the future

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  30. Andrew Kussmaul Posted on March 12, 2018 at 4:30 am

    I thought this guy was introducing his video for like 3 minutes

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  31. Místico Cristão Posted on March 15, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I’m a Dudeist!

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  32. Steve Loeschke Posted on March 15, 2018 at 11:54 am

    This movie changed my life no really i was a fucking hot head allways blowing up in anger then i saw the layed back dude and thought to myself fuck it

    And that has become my Motto for life ah fuck it

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  33. t40364 Posted on March 18, 2018 at 12:20 am

    you should do one on inherent vice which is arguably a great companion piece to this

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  34. Alex Pacheco Posted on March 20, 2018 at 2:56 am

    but thats just like your opinion maaaaan

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  35. Snowman_Fred Posted on March 20, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Who do the antenna in the beginning belong to?

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  36. Madcircle Posted on March 25, 2018 at 12:28 pm

    Largest moon of Jupiter has a metropolis

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  37. CAPSLOCKPUNDIT Posted on March 31, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    I JUST CONVERTED TO DUDISM!

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  38. gladiussecus Posted on April 8, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Yeah, well, that's like your opinion…

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  39. Tiernen Callahan Posted on April 8, 2018 at 4:21 am

    and donnie is stuck in a coffee can

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  40. Pete Moss Posted on April 8, 2018 at 7:24 am

    sunglasses, check

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  41. snellavision Posted on April 25, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Watching this now, 3 years later, Garex has changed…. has more attitude and less eyebrows 😀

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  42. VicenzoV Posted on May 2, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    They didn't steal his rug, that one guy just peed on it. He could have just brought it to the dry cleaners.

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  43. Thomas Connors Posted on May 12, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    There's a fairly simple moral formula to the movie. Everyone reaches for something they shouldn't have, loses something else, and in so doing corrupts another character and makes them go thru the same process.Lebowski desires Bunny, gets debt, passes a rug pissing to the dude, who steals a rug, loses his care free lifestyle, and drags Walter and Donny into a kidnapping case. Walter reaches for the ransom money, loses his underwear and uzi, drags joyriders and corvette owners into an imaginary money chase. Nihlists go for the money, lose a toe, get punched by Walter, and kill Donnie. You could argue that the pattern loops back on itself and goes thru Dude repeatedly, and that Donnie is kinda the damage sink at the end upon whom all consequences dead-end, but the basic pattern is really enough to call a deeper meaning.

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  44. Devin Smith Posted on May 18, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I would like to say that I am a devout dude.

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  45. Stephanie B Posted on May 23, 2018 at 9:55 pm

    this movie aged so well, i can't believe it was made in the 90s

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  46. cptnoremac Posted on June 20, 2018 at 8:41 pm

    You pronounced "homage" incorrectly. Silly aliens.

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  47. There is only one KEK and Pepe is his prophet Posted on June 24, 2018 at 6:10 am

    So the writer's a nihilist?

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  48. Federico Squartini Posted on July 7, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    Excellent

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  49. Rishi Pdr Posted on July 13, 2018 at 5:25 am

    Do inherent vice

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  50. Steven Lopez Posted on July 27, 2018 at 1:47 am

    You know what would be a good one…. Napoleon dynamite, could you PLEASE do Napoleon Dynamite

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  51. fitnesspoint2006 Posted on July 31, 2018 at 11:02 am

    Scratching the surface for meaning where there is none. Truer words have not been spoken.

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  52. Marcus Prado Posted on August 16, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Is he wrong?

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  53. Ahmet ENEREN Posted on September 21, 2018 at 8:38 am

    Garyx was so slow at narrating back when he started doing it. Now, he talks like a machine gun.

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  54. Matt Maki Posted on October 12, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Yeah, well, thats just like your opinion man

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  55. HipJipC Posted on October 21, 2018 at 6:36 am

    20th anniversary, had to watch the movie! This is the BEST and funniest summary of it I've ever seen! And WISDOM nicely tucked in there. BRAVO! I'm watching it again, lol!

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  56. pavle josip Posted on October 22, 2018 at 11:29 am

    Best TV Host ever

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  57. Honking Honker Posted on November 4, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    So basically the film just exists to waste two hours of your life?

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  58. Wesley Boyce Posted on November 18, 2018 at 12:08 am

    I want to be the dude

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  59. Controlled Swapposition Posted on November 30, 2018 at 10:03 pm

    LOL. Pretty weak analysis. Big Lebowski is a very specific allegory.

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  60. Alef Mitchell Posted on December 14, 2018 at 3:43 am

    Nihilism, thats what I took away. Nothing matters

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  61. Maximillian Smith Posted on December 15, 2018 at 10:58 am

    people are fucking weird

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  62. Batrick Pateman Posted on December 25, 2018 at 9:25 am

    I've always thought that nobody has been able to find the "true" meaning of the Big Lebowski because the movie wasn't supposed to have a meaning. You have someone like The Dude, Walter and Donnie who are participants in these weird happenings but they just don't seem to care or stop for a minute and think: "what in the fuck is actually going on".

    They just go with it as if it wasn't surreal the fact that a slacker and a war veteran are somehow involved in rescuing a kidnapped woman and then later some weird "nihilist" german fucks litearlly set his car on fire. They go with it so hard that they go confront a 15 year old kid, threaten him and destroy his neighbor's car.

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  63. Jon Stringfellow Posted on December 31, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    To learn more on Judaism
    Refer back to Seinfeld

    That’s fucking killed me man 😂😂😂

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  64. Boogie Thug Rose Posted on January 2, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Insert another "thats just your opinion man" quote here

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  65. ToeKnee Posted on January 25, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I still dont understand the big lebowski

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  66. preston armer Posted on February 15, 2019 at 6:38 am

    It’s an Illuminati commercial

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  67. Dan Collins Posted on February 20, 2019 at 8:24 am

    It was the eye brows.

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  68. Kai SUN Posted on February 21, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    I f*ckin love this, man!

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  69. manly mollusc Posted on February 22, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    But is it a satire or a parody? I still don't know.

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  70. Esteban Del Valle Posted on February 27, 2019 at 1:49 am

    Wise crack and earthling cinema are way out of their element and entering a world of pain

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  71. seen921 Posted on March 3, 2019 at 5:01 pm

    hahaha, this is brilliant…. nice references too…. so glad I found this channel ….

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  72. Art account IT Posted on March 16, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Yeah… cant wait for postmodernism to die. Sure big lebowski was novel for its time, but nihilism and postmodernism are really fucking derivative at this point.

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  73. Boy Micin Posted on March 17, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    "…and Donnie stuck in a coffee can"

    No, he is out of his element

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  74. zenmasterjay Posted on March 18, 2019 at 1:47 am

    Earthling Cinema… I publicly admit that I like you.

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  75. AnarchYxNoob Posted on April 28, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    The narrator of this video sounds like the urn scene guy…it's our most modestly priced urn….

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  76. Nenad Nikolic Posted on May 3, 2019 at 12:49 pm

    So's basically just fucking nihilism. Why don't all the edge lords just off themselves already and let us continue being productive?

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  77. Bl Jay Posted on May 29, 2019 at 9:19 pm

    still better ending than Game of Thrones

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  78. Alfredo Alfredington Posted on June 12, 2019 at 3:54 am

    You could write a thesis on this movie. I especially like the relationship between the Dude and Walt because, despite the fact that they have an incredibly different approach to life, they both say "eff it" after things are said and done, and they're friends because of it. Even if Walt is a strong-willed, generally angry individual who refuses to be stepped on, he's just as much of a Dude as the Dude is in his own way.

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  79. Sam Stits Posted on June 15, 2019 at 10:24 am

    "That was a big no no on Earth"

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  80. samuel smitty Posted on June 17, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    He writes a post dated check
    Sept 11 1991
    Release date 1998
    The Matrix ( also 1998)
    Neos ID card says he was born Sept 11 2001
    The dates in these movies as well as subject matter, seem like covert messages warning of sept 11

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  81. Nigel Higgs Posted on June 30, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    This guy is always putting way to much emphasis on his alien characters dialogue that half the time by the end I’m confused as to what the hell analyses he came up with.

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  82. bman_ gaming Posted on July 6, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Wth the meaning is the money

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  83. William Griffiths Posted on August 13, 2019 at 5:35 pm

    Well Freak-en Done!!!

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  84. Happy Bear Posted on August 26, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    Julianne moore in that Valkyrie outfit, my word.

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  85. Jack Wicked Risi Posted on August 27, 2019 at 5:09 pm

    This movie sucks idc what anyone seas. Plot is retarded and pointless and i felt like " The dude " at the end Just pissed off and wanted this shit to end .

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  86. Controlled Swapposition Posted on August 29, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    0:22 LOL!!! Get the real "hidden meaning" HERE!!!=====> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8zxofx5fog&t=

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  87. 10000 subs Without a video Posted on September 10, 2019 at 2:06 am

    Random baby watching this 🙄

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  88. Sam Posted on September 11, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    I actually got the vibe that the dude was actually a misunderstood genius. I always thought there was a time before he became so relaxed. Like him trying to get his point across and nobody listened so he gave up and just became the dude.

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  89. BLartFart Posted on September 14, 2019 at 7:25 pm

    BULLSHIT EVERYTHING HAS MEANING especially what is made by man we just dont know it

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  90. tuber 72' Posted on September 21, 2019 at 6:47 am

    the church of latter day dudes lol , fckn brilliant

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  91. Esper Posted on September 25, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    The man who said 'thats your name,dude' One day will be the god of somewhere

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  92. myfootiswet Posted on December 3, 2019 at 8:21 am

    great wrap up been searching for one for days and i finally got recommended this hands down the most knowledgeable about the film or at least explained it elequantly

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