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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 Anderson

Genres: Comedy, Mystery

Production Co: Ghoulardi Film Company, Joanne Sellar

Distributors: Warner Bros. Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures

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

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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Awards

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