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Inherent Vice (2014)

Joaquin Phoenix and Josh Brolin in Inherent Vice

Details Limited Release: Dec 12, 2014; Genre: Thriller; With: Josh Brolin, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone and Joaquin Phoenix; Distributor: Warner Bros.

Adapted from Thomas Pynchon's gonzo 2009 novel, Inherent Vice stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry ''Doc'' Sportello, a shambling SoCal PI investigating the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's wealthy boyfriend. Along the way, he uncovers a pileup of conspiracies and faked deaths, heroin cartels and pimps. The cast includes Josh Brolin as a hippie-hating L.A. cop, Owen Wilson as a surf-band saxophonist, and Reese Witherspoon as a deputy DA and Doc's part-time squeeze. Director Paul Thomas Anderson drew inspiration from a certain hard-boiled Raymond Chandler classic as well as the stoner stalwarts behind Up in Smoke. ''Paul said it has elements of The Long Goodbye and Cheech & Chong,'' says Katherine Waterston, the newcomer (and daughter of Law & Order's Sam Waterston) who plays the femme fatale. ''It's hard to explain tonally.'' (Maybe The Bong Goodbye?) And in a film that swings between suspense and absurdity, prepare for a hit of magic realism. ''A piece of fruit plays a major role. It's frozen. And it's my friend,'' teases Brolin. ''Even talking about it now is making me chuckle.''
Originally posted Aug 14, 2014 Published in issue #1325-1326 Order article reprints
Weekend of Oct 19 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
$23.5 1 $23.5 C+
Gone Girl
$17.8 3 $107.1 A
3. $17.0 1 $17.0 A-
4. $12.0 2 $36.9 B
The Best of Me
$10.2 1 $10.2 D
Dracula Untold
$9.9 2 $40.7 C
The Judge
Warner Bros.
$7.9 2 $26.8 B
Warner Bros.
$7.9 3 $74.1 F
9. $5.4 4 $89.2 D
10. $4.5 5 $90.8 B-
* in millions

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