My friend says that there is a common theme in The Big Lebowski (1998) and the music video for Aqua - Barbie Girl (1997).

Both scenes have a girl lying beside a pool in a lime green bathing suit with sunglasses, offering a lewd proposition. In barbie girl she says "I'll do whatever you want" and in Lebowski she sais "I will ... for a thousand dollars".

Is it a coincidence? Does The Big Lebowski reference Aqua's MTV video?

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    Barbie Girl was released May 1997, The Big Lebowski in January 1998. It's unlikely to be a direct reference. This was just a common trope.
    – OrangeDog
    Jan 16, 2021 at 14:17
  • It might not reference the 90s as much as it partially defined the 90s. Sort of like asking if Nirvana referenced the 90s. Jan 16, 2021 at 15:01
  • @Toddwilcox Titanic and Jurassic park grossed 1-2 billion box office, and Lebowski 46 million... it's not even in the top 50 movies of the 90s... Narvana was the most famous group of the 90s... your comparison is mega inaccurate. MTV was playing barbie girl at the top 7 while Lebowski was shooting. Jan 16, 2021 at 16:54
  • @orangedog, can you find another similar scene, if its a common trope? If not, your statement is unsubstantiated. Jan 16, 2021 at 16:57
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    How many scenes are there where a girl is sitting making a "lewd proposition"? Probably thousands. She's often sitting by a pool. If she's sitting by a pool she is always wearing sunglasses and a bathing suit. "Lime green" is the only coincidence. Jan 16, 2021 at 18:41

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Barbie Girl was released in May 1997.

Principal photography on The Big Lebowski wrapped in April 1997.

So it's a coincidence.

  • Cheers i was skeptical and she told me not to be so, so i had to ask from her viewpoint. Jan 16, 2021 at 22:30

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