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Inherent Vice

Joaquin Phoenix is woozily perfect as stoned LA beach bum and private investigator Doc Sportello, lured by his ex into a missing person enquiry thats richly evocative in every detail, and, like many a noir before it, evocatively incomprehensible in toto. Prime yourself just to soak up the good  and bad  vibrations, and you may find Inherent Vice addictive. Phoenix and the terrific acting ensemble that joins him in this pot-infused 70s-era beach noir create such a good buzz you can almost get a contact high from watching. A sprawling cast is required for the many vices and various intrigues, with Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Jena Malone and Martin Short as its core, plus Katherine Waterston, actor Sams daughter, as the pivotal femme fatale& Trying to pare back Pynchon without killing the joke was the challenge. Anderson has done a remarkable job of replicating the crazy kaleidoscope of crime, dope and raunch the novelist conjured. It is a densely detailed cultural polyglot of real estate machinations, Aryan Brotherhood bikers, dental scams, sex, drugs, dope smoking, detectives and dames.  Betsy Sharkey, LA Times

Year: 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thrillers & Suspense, Cult Films / After Dark, High Times, Contemporary Noir, Film Festivals 2015, 2015
Country: USA
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Maya Rudolph, Martin Short
Duration: 144 Minutes
Rating: R16 - Sex scenes, nudity, drug use and offensive language
6.7/10
Location in store: Cult

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