Joaquin Phoenix reteams with The Master director P.T. Anderson to play pothead private investigator 'Doc' Sportello in a shaggy dog detective film set in 1969. Based on Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel, co-starring Jena Malone, Reese Witherspoon, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro and Maya Rudolph.
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BY Steve Newall Flicks Writer
Paul Thomas Anderson’s woozy Pynchon adaptation rewards repeat viewings, freed from the need to track its paranoid pot-addled private dick plot. Inherent Vice’s narrative probably twists and turns a few too many times, but by that stage anyone watching should be clued up enough to realise its storytelling exists primarily as a means for constant conspiratorial chats in hushed voices. Often content to let scenes play out in lengthy fashion, Anderson leaves plenty of room for Phoenix to shine in a hilarious performance.