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Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson (The Master, There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, Boogie Nights) reteams with The Master star Joaquin Phoenix (Gladiator, Her, Walk the Line) for this darkly comic adaptation of the 2009 Thomas Pynchon novel, set in late-sixties Los Angeles. When private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin...well, easy for her to say. It's the tail end of the psychedelic '60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," that's being way too overused -- except this one usually leads to trouble. With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers, and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists, INHERENT VICE is part surf noir, part psychedelic romp -- but all Thomas Pynchon.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Inherent Vice may prove frustrating for viewers who demand absolute coherence, but it does justice to its acclaimed source material -- and should satisfy fans of director P.T. Anderson.
If the adaptation's a little too faithful to sustain a cinematically tight story, there's still a...
June 25, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
It isn't one film but many, an anthology of expertly recreated genre tropes, from fog-shrouded noi...
June 25, 2017
London Evening Standard
I think I need to see it again, again.
June 25, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Frustrating but fascinating drama has drugs, sex, language.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Paul Thomas Anderson's edgy, 1970s-set adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's novel is an irreverent, loopy, mind-bending movie unlike any other; it's part potboiler, part detective thriller, part stoner comedy, part head trip. Expect plenty of scenes showing characters getting very high (mostly on weed, but also cocaine), plus gun fights and shots showing corpses on the ground, sex with prostitutes, and a lingering scene in which a woman is shown fully naked, about to have sex. There's also lots of strong language, everything from "s--t" to "f--k."
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- Genre:Thriller, Drama, Comedy
- Release Date:December 12, 2014
- Audio Format:5.1
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