"This is bowling, this is not Nam. There are rules."

It's the Coen brothers' Long Goodbye, not to say that they've ripped off the Altman movie, nothing like that. It's their send-up of the private-eye genre, with their unlikely L.A. hero, and even a scene or two in Malibu. In place of the hash-eating Elliot Gould as Marlowe, they've got the "elegantly wasted" Dude (Jeff Bridges), who sort of stumbles his way through a rather twisted story. It's a trippy picture, and a brilliant comedy. Less cartoonish than Raising Arizona, more outlandish than Fargo, it's another original piece of work from the Coens. We should expect no less from these guys.