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If you haven't seen The Big Lebowski, go get it --right now!I think that the Coen brothers are among the best moralists we have today--Fargo is nearly a perfect movie.And the Big Lebowski--well, the Dude abides.

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Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.



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A couple of good jews, a good Muslim, and an hilarious Catholic commentator are the keys to peace in the world and good will...No.

moralists? I saw the Big Lebowski once but it didn't make a big impact and I'm not sure what it has to do with morality.

Thanks for sharing this, Cathy -- I missed it, and I'm very glad to see the NY Post getting called out.

I think the Big Lebowski is a satire of LA culture at the end of the twentieth century --slackers and rich folk-- that manages to be both bitingly honest and strangely sympathetic---with some hope of redemption. The language is rough. And I think Raising Arizona is wonderful too.

Thank God for good Christians like Gary Bauer to turn the focus back where it belongs:

Progressives and Islamists are indeed on the same side. Their common disdain for Christianity explains why left-wing judges in America find any inkling of Christianity in the public square unconstitutional, while Islamist judges in the Middle East deem it executable.Their common view that life is expendable explains the lefts embrace abortion-on-demand and why the Islamists dont hesitate to deploy their own children for homicide bombings.

I see, thanks.I love that scene in Raising Arizona, when Cage punches out his boss(?) because he wanted to wife swap.

The best Coen is "Miller's Crossing," IMO--a strange and interesting exploration of honor and loyalty. We watch it every St. Patrick's Day. "Danny Boy" and Tommy guns and Albert Finney!"Fargo," "O Brother, Where Art Thou," and "Raising Arizona," yes. "The Big Lebowski" and "Burn After Reading," meh. (Though I have to give "Burn" props for turning Brad Pitt and George Clooney, former Sexiest Men Alive, into complete dorks.)"The Hudsucker Proxy" and "Barton Fink," yecch, as they used to say in MAD Mag.JC, would be interested to know if you've seen any movies you thought carried some moral weight, or see any cinematic auteurs as explorers of the moral landscape.

Should we not say something about "No Country For Old Men" in light of the horrific violence in Mexico?

Richard, interesting question, but do you think the connection stems more from McCarthy's book or the CB movie?

Hi Jean, The connection struck me more so from the CB movie. The movie is so well made: performances, loss of innocence, photography, small and large portraits of Texas. However, McCarthy's use of language & literary style is wonderful. What do you think?

Richard, I think the book was bad enough--enough to make me not want to see the movie. But I think it's interesting that the Coens' film might have been informed by late incidents in Mexico.

Similarities in The Coen Brothers' films, pretty good:

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