Jeff Lebowski, The Dude, the main man, is a 'bum', a slacker, living on Venice Beach, LA. Vain, lazy and poor, yet somehow manages to be morally superior to the range of stinking rich characters who attempt to use him for their own ends. Strangely enough, despite their less than wonderful character traits, the Dude and his bowling friends (the undeserving poor?) end up helping out all the others (the undeserving rich?), except the nihilists. Film ends where it began, with friends still poor, still bowling.