Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur, was born on March 22, 1976. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world as of 2019, having won an Academy Award, two Golden Globe Awards, a British Academy Film Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a Primetime Emmy Award.
Paul Thomas Anderson wrote and directed Inherent Vice, a 2014 American period neo-noir crime film based on Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel of the same name. Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Eric Roberts, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Jeannie Berlin, Maya Rudolph, Michael K. Williams, and Martin Short are among the film’s cast members.
The film depicts Larry ‘Doc’ Sportello, a well-intentioned but unskilled stoner, hippie, and private investigator in 1970s Los Angeles, who becomes entangled in the criminal underground while investigating three crimes linked by his ex-new girlfriend’s affluent boyfriend.
On October 4, 2014, Inherent Vice premiered at the New York Film Festival, and on December 12, 2014, it began a limited theatrical distribution in the United States. The film was well-received by critics, who praised the actors, costumes, and narrative.
Despite the excellent reviews, the picture only made $8 million domestically and $6.6 million internationally, bringing its total gross to $14.6 million—roughly $6 million shy of its budget.
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