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On the Lot: Is 'Gone Girl' misogynistic?




"Gone Girl" is the story of a man who is pegged as the prime suspect when his wife goes missing.
screencap from YouTube trailer of "Gone Girl"
Gone Girl wins the box office, and attracts a large female audience, even as some accuse the movie of being anti-women.
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Adults, 60 percent of them women, drove director David Fincher's "Gone Girl" to the top of the box office this weekend.

But the film has sparked a lot of discussion about sexual politics, both among movie-goers and within the ranks of critics. The LA Times' Rebecca Keegan parses through the thinking about this complex film with lots of strong, if not always likable, female characters.

Critics, says Keegan, are also divided over Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, "Inherent Vice." They seem to agree it has an almost unfathomable plot. Some think that's a problem, others say it's part of the film's charm.

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And a rescue dog named Bobby London has gone missing. Because this is Hollywood, says Keegan, and because the dog belongs to a studio exec, a psychic and a pet detective have been hired, a reward offered, and some big name stars are getting involved in the search for the errant chihuahua.

Rebecca Keegan joins KPCC every Monday for On the Lot.



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