Inherent Vice

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2014 | R | Drama Adaptation

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... more

In Movie Theaters U.S.

Friday, December 12, 2014
Friday, January 9, 2015

On Blu-ray & DVD

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

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Joaquin Phoenix
Larry 'Doc' Sportello
Josh Brolin
Bigfoot Bjornsen
Owen Wilson
Coy Harlingen
Martin Short
Dr. Blatnoyd
Jena Malone
Hope Harlingen
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DIRECTOR

Paul Thomas Anderson

Screenwriter

Paul Thomas Anderson

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Rating MPAA

R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence

Storylines 2 more

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... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.
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Trivia & Production Notes

  • The seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
  • Anderson's behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit ("There Will Be Blood"), production designer David Crank ("The Master"), Oscar-nominated editor Leslie Jones ("The Thin Red Line"), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges ("The Artist"). The music is by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.

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