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“Inherent vice,” a term used in marine insurance law, means anything you can’t avoid: chocolate will melt, glass will shatter and fruit will spoil. For “Inherent Vice” the movie, the thing that can’t be avoided is a comparison to “The Big Lebowski.”

Based on the 2009 novel of the same name by reclusive author Thomas Pynchon, director Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice” — like the Coen brothers’ “Lebowski” — is a Sunshine State noir, which follows a stoner detective who’s halfheartedly trying to unravel a web of intrigue in Los Angeles.

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