Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice ★★★★

Paul Thomas Anderson said he found inspiration for this in classic noir (The Long Goodbye, Kiss Me Deadly, The Big Sleep), slapstick (Top Secret!, Airplane!), and stoner cinema (Up in Smoke).

For me, it was like an absurdist Chinatown — Jake Gittes sharing a joint with The Dude before they both hitch a ride with Hunter S. Thompson in a Dodge Dart. As with all good drug trips, Benicio Del Toro is there, too. And, of course, Josh Brolin. Oh man, Josh Brolin.

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