• Inherent Vice (2014)

Inherent Vice

Release Date: December 12th, 2014

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: Mystery , Comedy

Production Co: Ghoulardi Film Company, Joanne Sellar

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures

Keywords: 1970s, Mystery, Cool, Car, Police station, Brash, Wife, Office, Love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 70
    Todd McCarthyThe Hollywood Reporter

    Only fitfully does the film manage the kind of lift-off as that achieved by Pynchon's often riotous 2009 novel and, most disappointingly, it offers only a pale and narrow physical recreation of such a vibrant place and time. show more

  • 75
    Bob MondelloNPR

    Director P.T. Anderson isn't generally a guy you go to if you're looking for answers. Questions are more his game, and that's as true here as it was in his far more serious pictures "The Master" and "There Will Be Blood." He is a terrific stylist, though, and the scattershot pleasures he's peddling in Inherent Vice may well satisfy those who like style more than substance, or maybe who like their style with substances. show more

  • 50
    TheWrap

    It's a lengthy burlesque on paranoia, on conspiracies both real and imagined, so dazed in its color schemes that Anderson clearly wants you to get stoned watching it. But the sense of being blissfully out-of-it, which can have its pleasures, soon drifts into another aspect of drug use: detachment. show more

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Awards

Nominated Best Performance By an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Nominated Costume Design
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)