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Dear The Big Lebowski,

“Dude.” It is such a universally friendly word that we all use to address one another. This one word that we can all relate to, regardless of our generation, is part of your amazing charm. If there is one thing that can keep so many comedy films from being great, it’s lack of charm. It is that amazing ability to humor crowds without trying very hard; or at least it seems that way with you. When you suddenly feel like being a part of the cast, you know you’re in for a heck of a movie.

There is a reason why I am not compelled to watch comedies as new releases, or in general. I find myself much more attached to the action, drama, and suspense of films. To be honest, things happen in my life on a daily basis that make me laugh hysterically. So to relive that through film for another two hours or so does not sound very appealing. Whereas protagonists can jump off the top of a waterfall, cause chaos on the streets avoiding police, or be in a classic showdown in the Wild West, and I feel like I want to see more, when I watch comedies the excitement does not quite reach that level; except when they have that thing called charm that I mentioned earlier.

Like many films, if you approach it with a neutral state of mind, more than likely you will end up loving it. That’s how I felt about watching you for the first time. Given that you’ve been lauded great by many who have seen you, my expectations were high, but at the same time I wanted to see how much your charm and comedic surprises could keep me interested until the end. In addition to charm, dialogue is another characteristic of your success that puts you high in the ranking of best films. The Coen Brothers have already done many great films including True Grit, No Country For Old Men, and Fargo, just to name a few. You are another great film to add to their impressive resume.

Beyond humor and laughter, a witty and gutsy comedy that makes you think and reflect is hard to find. You add yourself to this exclusive list of films with ease, as you add just as many plot twists as laugh out loud moments, not to mention the strong performances by your cast. There are films that depend on the strength of their stars’ performances to be enjoyable, but when the supporting actors add to the magic of the acting, you have a recipe for success. How many films can actually say that they inspire you to get up and do something? Watching you reminds me of how bad my bowling game is. Then again, for a film to motivate me to do something that I am not good at is saying something.

Perhaps what is most impressive about you is that you are film that, if you haven’t been seen… well, it’s a movie crime. I was asked a question recently, and now I gladly say that I’ve lost count of how many times I have watched you for the good laughs and show that you give every time.

From one dude to another,

Raul Marin

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