The Big Lebowski


Film synopsis: "Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire of the same name, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it." (Source:

Story Dynamics

8 of the 12 essential questions

Main Character Resolve: Steadfast
Main Character Growth: Stop
Main Character Approach: Be-er
Main Character Mental Sex: Female
Story Driver: Action
Story Limit: Optionlock
Story Outcome: Failure
Story Judgment: Good

Overall Story Throughline

A case of mistaken identity leads to a plot to embezzle $1Million

Overall Story Throughline: Psychology
Overall Story Concern: Being
Overall Story Issue: Thought vs. Knowledge
Overall Story Problem: Hunch
Overall Story Solution: Theory
Overall Story Symptom: Unending
Overall Story Response: Ending
Overall Story Catalyst: Knowledge
Overall Story Inhibitor: Confidence
Overall Story Benchmark: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 1: Conceiving
Overall Story Signpost 2: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Signpost 3: Being
Overall Story Signpost 4: Becoming

Main Character Throughline

Jeff 'The Dude' Lebowski

Main Character Throughline: Mind
Main Character Concern: Preconscious
Main Character Issue: Worth vs. Value
Main Character Problem: Determination
Main Character Solution: Expectation
Main Character Symptom: Unending
Main Character Response: Ending
Main Character Unique Ability: Value
Main Character Critical Flaw: Ability
Main Character Benchmark: Memory
Main Character Signpost 1: Conscious
Main Character Signpost 2: Memory
Main Character Signpost 3: Subconscious
Main Character Signpost 4: Preconscious

Influence Character Throughline

Walter Sobchak

Influence Character Throughline: Universe
Influence Character Concern: Progress
Influence Character Issue: Fantasy vs. Fact
Influence Character Problem: Hunch
Influence Character Solution: Theory
Influence Character Symptom: Determination
Influence Character Response: Expectation
Influence Character Unique Ability: Fact
Influence Character Critical Flaw: Skill
Influence Character Benchmark: Past
Influence Character Signpost 1: Past
Influence Character Signpost 2: Progress
Influence Character Signpost 3: Future
Influence Character Signpost 4: Present

Relationship Story Throughline

Friends and Teammates

Relationship Story Throughline: Physics
Relationship Story Concern: Doing
Relationship Story Issue: Enlightenment vs. Wisdom
Relationship Story Problem: Hunch
Relationship Story Solution: Theory
Relationship Story Symptom: Unproven
Relationship Story Response: Proven
Relationship Story Catalyst: Wisdom
Relationship Story Inhibitor: Security
Relationship Story Benchmark: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 1: Learning
Relationship Story Signpost 2: Understanding
Relationship Story Signpost 3: Doing
Relationship Story Signpost 4: Obtaining

Addditional Story Points

Key Structural Appreciations

Overall Story Goal: Being
Overall Story Consequence: Doing
Overall Story Cost: Progress
Overall Story Dividend: Preconscious
Overall Story Requirements: Conceptualizing
Overall Story Prerequisites: Understanding
Overall Story Preconditions: Past
Overall Story Forewarnings: Memory

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