The 'Vice' inherent in this mystery-comedy is its randomness

December 8, 2014 3:15 PM

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"Inherent Vice" is a stoner "Chinatown" as directed by Wes Anderson, if Wes got sick midway through it and the darker Paul Thomas Anderson took over for the last acts.

Actually, only one Anderson - Paul Thomas ("The Master," "There Will Be Blood") - tried to wrestle Thomas Pynchon's comic novel about drugs, detectives, disappearances and dentists into a film. He manages some deliriously off-center performances, daft writerly pronouncements and a plot that almost d...

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