All I Really Need to Know I Learned from Coen Brothers Films

Posted 9 years ago by Adam Gautsch

If I were to write one of those "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in..." books it would be with Coen Brothers films. Here's a working list of some of the lessons I've learned through watching Coen Brothers films. Please, feel free to add more.

On Religion:

Walter Sobchak: I don't roll on Shabbos!

On Philosophy:

Bunny Lebowski: Uli doesn't care about anything. He's a Nihilist.
The Dude: Ah, that must be exhausting

On Human Anatomy:

The Big Lebowski: What makes a man, Mr. Lebowski? ...
The Big Lebowski: Is it being prepared to do the right thing, whatever the cost? Isn't that what makes a man?
The Dude: Hmmm... Sure, that and a pair of testicles

On Manhood:

The Big Lebowski: Strong men also cry... strong men also cry.

On the government:

Young boy: You men from tha bank?
Delmar: No, son, we're not from the bank.
Young boy: Any o' you men servin' papers? I'm suppose ta shoot anyone servin' papers!
Delmar: We're not sevin' no papers neither. Is your daddy home, son?
Young Boy: I nicked tha census man!
Delmar: Now there's a good boy!

On Marketing:

Pappy O'Daniel: I'll press your flesh, you dimwitted sumbitch! You don't tell your pappy how to court the electorate. We ain't one-at-a-timin' here. We're MASS communicating!
Norville: You know, for kids.

On dieting:

Ulysses Everett McGill: No thank you, Delmar. One third of a gopher would only arouse my appetite without bedding it down.

On life in general:

The Stranger: Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes, well, he eats you.

On fashion:

Old man: Son, you got a panty on your head


Lord ~ 9 years ago

On Hot Chocolate

Gawain MacSam (The Ladykillers): Fuck you and the Swiss Miss!

I interpret this to mean that coffee should be the hot beverage of choice.

Jeremiah ~ 9 years ago

On Philosophy

Barton Fink: I gotta tell you, the life of the mind... There's no roadmap for that territory... And exploring it can be painful.

On The Reproductive System

H.I.: Biology and the prejudices of others conspired to keep us childless.

Lord ~ 9 years ago

On Bounty Hunting/Pastry Locating

Leonard Smalls: You want to find an outlaw, hire an outlaw. You want to find a Dunkin' Donuts, call a cop.

Carp ~ 9 years ago

On the Benefits of Crime:

Marge Gunderson: So that was Mrs. Lundegaard on the floor in there. And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper. And those three people in Brainerd. And for what? For a little bit of money. There's more to life than a little money, you know. Don'tcha know that? And here ya are, and it's a beautiful day. Well. I just don't understand it.

On Smoking:

Carl Showalter: You know, it's proven that second-hand smoke is, uh, carcin-... uh, you know, cancer related.

On Alcholism:

Osbourne Cox: I have a drinking problem? Fuck you, Peck, you're a Mormon. Compared to you we ALL have a drinking problem!

On Interior Decorating:

The Dude: That rug really tied the room together.

Example of Good Interviewing Techniques:

Ulysses Everett McGill: Say, any of you boys smithies? Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances forced you into a life of aimless wanderin'?

On Women:

Ulysses Everett McGill: Deceitful, two-faced she-woman. Never trust a female Delmar, remember that one simple precept and your time with me will not have been ill spent.
Delmar O'Donnell: Ok, Everett.
Ulysses Everett McGill: Hit by a train! Truth means nothing to a woman, Delmar. Trying for the subjective. You ever been with a woman?
Delmar O'Donnell: Well, I... I... I gotta get the family farm back before I can start thinking about that.
Ulysses Everett McGill: That's right, if then. Believe me Delmar, woman is the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man.

Nate Ouellette ~ 9 years ago

On Kidnapping:

There's no ransom if you don't have a fucking hostage. That's what ransom is. Those are the fucking rules.

Nate Ouellette ~ 9 years ago

That quote was from one Walter Sobchak

Jeremiah ~ 8 years ago

Just awesome

Nathan Arizona: If a frog had wings it wouldn't bump its ass a-hopin'.

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