Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

(2014)

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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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.


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As bold and confounding as The Master, but funnier and more entertaining. Enigmatic.


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  • A groovy, richly funny stoner romp that has less in common with “The Big Lebowski” than with the strain of fatalistic, ’70s-era California noirs (“Chinatown,” “The Long Goodbye,” “Night Moves”)... Full Review

  • As antic as Boogie Nights and Punch-Drunk Love, but with The Master and There Will Be Blood’s uncanny feel for the swell and ebb of history. Full Review

  • It all serves a portrait of 1970 California that mixes absurdity with an air of looming cataclysm... Full Review

  • If not quite on a par with PTA’s best, this is still a richly intoxicating brew of humour, violence and melancholy. Full Review

  • Just relax and let this beautiful, haunting, hilarious, chaotic, irritating and possibly profound tragicomedy wash over you. There is nothing else out there like it. Full Review

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