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Inherent Vice (2015)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

"Inherent Vice," is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. 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 looney 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... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp - all Thomas Pynchon. (C) Warner Brosmore
Rating: R (for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Thomas Anderson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 2015
Warner Bros. Pictures - Official Site


Joaquin Phoenix
as Larry "Doc" Sportell...
Josh Brolin
as Lt. Det. Christian F...
Owen Wilson
as Coy Harlingen
Katherine Waterston
as Shasta Fay Hepworth
Reese Witherspoon
as Deputy D.A. Penny Ki...
Benicio Del Toro
as Sauncho Smilax
Jena Malone
as Hope Harlingen
Maya Rudolph
as Petunia Leeway
Eric Roberts
as Michael Z. Wolfmann
Martin Short
as Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd
Sasha Pieterse
as Japonica Fenway
Joanna Newsom
as Sortilège
Taylor Bonin
as Ensenada Slim
Jeannie Berlin
as Aunt Reet
Serena Scott Thomas
as Sloane Wolfmann
Martin D. Dew
as Dr. Buddy Tubeside
Michael K. Williams
as Tariq Khalil
Catherine Haena Kim
as News Reporter
Vivienne Khaledi
as Amethyst Harlingen
Andrew Simpson
as Riggs Warbling
Joe Dioletto
as Cop With Bigfoot
Sam Jaeger
as Agent Flatweed
Timothy C. Simons
as Agent Borderline
Jack Kelly
as Burke Stodger
Jillian Bell
as Chlorinda
The Growlers
as The Boards
Michelle Sinclair
as Clancy Charlock
Alina Gatti
as Howdy Dopers Phone V...
Elaine Tan
as Xandra
Wilson Bethel
as LAPD Officer #1
Anders Holm
as LAPD Officer #2
Emmet Unverzagt
as Bigfoot's Kid
Osamu Saito
as Japanese Cook
Jefferson Mays
as Dr. Threeply
Martin Donovan
as Crocker Fenway
Jackie Michele Johns...
as Dr. Threeply's Assis...
Ralph Wagner
as Kimberly
Keith Jardine
as Puck Beaverton
Delaina Mitchell
as Mrs. Chastity Bjorns...
Michael Cotter
as Rhus Frothingham
Peter McRobbie
as Adrian Prussia
Shannon C. Sullivan
as Adrian Prussia's Sec...
Samantha Lemole
as Golden Fang Mother
Madison Leisle
as Golden Fang Daughter
Liam VanJoosten
as Goldan Fang Son
Matt Doyle
as Golden Fang Father
David Prak
as Buddhist Monk
Andrew Simpson (IX)
as Riggs Warbling
Matt Doyle
as Golden Fang Father
Eva Simone Fisher
as Dr. Threeply's Assis...
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News & Interviews for Inherent Vice

Critic Reviews for Inherent Vice

All Critics (215) | Top Critics (43)

Viewers looking for a coherent narrative won't find it in this chaotic film.

Full Review… | January 22, 2016
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's a generous, humble work: a soft hymn to a lost world.

Full Review… | January 2, 2016
The Arts Desk

A mightily epic, brain-fogged ode to the end of the '60s that almost dares you to make sense of it.

Full Review… | December 29, 2015

Sure, it's a bit long but this is a weird and wonderful trip of a movie.

Full Review… | December 22, 2015
Sun Online

Inherent Vice isn't everyone's kinda trip, but it is righteous fun for those who enjoy the high.

Full Review… | December 21, 2015
Cambridge Day

I even enjoyed this self-indulgence up to a point, but at 148 minutes it just felt like the movie would never end.

Full Review… | December 12, 2015
Tulsa World

Audience Reviews for Inherent Vice

The main problem with adapting Thomas Pynchon is that Pynchon has written some of the most complex, trippy prose that has ever existed. Just reading his short story "Entropy" will confuse and educate you on the style and tonality of much of Pynchon's work. (Though that story includes aliens) A great way that Paul Thomas Anderson incorporates the madness and frivolity of Pynchon's words is having a narrator to spout it off constantly.


Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

Really disliked this. Could barely follow it and found it dull and ugly to look at. Characters and situations were stupid. I hated the lead character, not interesting at all to carry a movie. Just one surreal situation after another relying on smut or drug reference to be "clever".
I have liked this directors other films quite a lot, so this is really disappointing.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

A private eye investigates his ex-girlfriend's boyfriend's disappearance.
Coolly directed, Inherent Vice is the latest effort from Paul Thomas Anderson, and it is a strong, occasionally funny film. I spent most of my time watching it trying to make sure I didn't miss one of the film's many twists, attempting to avoid being side-tracked by one of Anderson's many tangential plotlines, and for the most part I was successful. The plot is certainly complex, but this isn't like Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, which is complex for no apparent reason other than showing off its own cleverness. However, after all the machinations of plot and character, I wondered what the big deal was. While I enjoyed spending some time with Doc, Joaquin Phoenix's character, I couldn't say that he was truly memorable, nor did I think that Anderson's ability to convey Thomas Pynchon's novel teach me anything new about anything.
Overall, while Inherent Vice is a good film, it's not revolutionary.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

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