Bowling, White Russians and “The Dude” will light up the 7th St. Theatre screen with “The Big Lebowski” on Sept. 21 and 22.
Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen have become famous and developed a loyal following with movies that feature quirky characters, off-beat humor and dialogue, propelled by strange plot twists. Their style is on full display in the laid-back comedy-mystery, The Big Lebowski, which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. next Friday and Saturday on Grays Harbor’s biggest movie screen in downtown Hoquiam.
Jeff Bridges, Academy Award-winning Best Actor in 2009’s “Crazy Heart,” plays, not the BIG Lebowski but stoner-slacker and sudden sleuth Jeff Lebowski, known by one and all as “The Dude.” It also features Julianne Moore, Sam Elliot and Coen Brothers favorites Steve Buscemi, John Turturro and John Goodman, the latter as the occasionally obsessive-compulsive and frequently over-the-top Vietnam veteran, Walter Sobchak. The movie has become a cult favorite since its 1998 release with a twisted plot that deals in comedy, mystery, sly social commentary and… bowling, a recurring theme.
Both showings at 7th St. Theatre will begin with Favorite Character Costume Contests, and Harbor area bowling establishments Spare Time Bowl and Rainer Lanes have donated bowling parties, bowling coupons and bowling trophies as prizes and silent auction items.
Another signature element of the film is The Dude’s frequent consumption of “white Russian” cocktails. Accordingly, Wishkah River Distillery will be providing the vodka for white Russians, which will be served both nights.
The film is R-rated and deals with some mature themes.
Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. showings. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and children, and will be available at the door. Advance tickets are available at Harbor Drug, Books on 7th, and at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information call (360) 537-7400 or check the website, www.7thstreettheatre.com.