The seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel, Inherent Vice is part surf noir, part psychedelic romp, all hallucinogenic (if a little illogical) pleasure.
In a California beach community, private detective Larry "Doc" Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix) tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana.
One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc's help; it seems that Shasta's current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.
Running Time: 2hrs 28mins
BBFC Advice: 15
Director(s): Paul Thomas Anderson
Country of Origin: USA
Year of release: 2015
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