Skip to main content

Inherent Vice

R| 2 hr. 28 min.

Plot Summary
In a California beach community, private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc's help; it seems that Shasta's current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.

Cast: Joaquin Phoenix , Josh Brolin , Owen Wilson , Katherine Waterston , Reese Witherspoon , Benicio Del Toro , Martin Short , Jena Malone

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Genres: Comedy, Mystery

Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures

Inherent Vice (2014)

Release Date: January 9th, 2015|2 hr. 28 min.

watch now
critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 12 )
  • Inherent Vice is packed with shitfaced hilarity, soulful reveries, stylistic ingenuity and smashing performances that keep playing back in your head. It may not demand repeat viewings, but it sure as hell rewards them. It's the work of a major talent. show more

  • A P.T. Anderson film is, by definition, an event, even if this one doesn’t measure up to such absurdist landmarks as Howard Hawks’s “The Big Sleep,” the Coen brothers’ “The Big Lebowski” and Robert Altman’s peerless “The Long Goodbye.” show more

  • Tonally askew (Altman-esque one minute, Austin Powers-esque the next), Inherent Vice is a sun-glared, neon-limned muddle of noir plotline and potheaded jokery that not only doesn't make sense, but actually seems to try hard not to. show more

See all critic reviews on
  • January 17, 2015 Fun Guy Stevie
    Report This User

    Perhaps THE WORST MOVIE we have ever seen ! We walked out of the theater after 45 minutes.

  • January 15, 2015 Ol Mista Slappybawls
    Report This User

    "how could anyone in their right mind want to see a movie with so much drugs, drinking and sex" Um, I haven't seen it yet but you definitely just sold me on it! :) Shame it's not playing anywhere within a 100 miles. Probably have to watch it on putlocker.

  • January 15, 2015 sandalert
    Report This User

    Amazing. One of the most original movies of any year. Joaquim is unbelievable.

featured news

view all news

Jena Malone on 'Inherent Vice,' 'Batman v Superman,' and Her 'Punk'd' Legacy (EXCLUSIVE)

Posted by
Drew Taylor on January 7, 2015

In Paul Thomas Anderson's dizzying crime comedy "Inherent Vice" (read our review from the New York Film Festival here), characters flit in and out, each one played by a terrific actor, as shaggy dog d...

Weekend Movies & TV: 'Top Five,' 'Inherent Vice,' 'Broadchurch,' & More (VIDEO)

Posted by
Jonny Black on December 11, 2014

This weekend, Chris Rock directs himself as a comedian trying to turn around his career in "Top Five," Paul Thomas Anderson directs Joaquin Phoenix as a drug-fueled, counter-culture detective in his a...

similar movies

  • Get Shorty (1995)

  • Be Cool (2005)

  • The Crew (2000)

  • Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014)

  • Magic Mike XXL (2015)

How do you watch stuff?


How else do you watch?

Select your online providers
My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings