During the psychedelic 60s and 70s Larry “Doc” Sportello is surprised by his former girlfriend and her plot for her billionaire boyfriend, his wife, and her boyfriend. Inherent Vice is a film adapted for the screen from a novel based on the same name by Thomas Pynchon.
Robert Downey Jr. was originally being considered for the lead role before Joaquin Phoenix ended up getting the job due to director Paul Thomas Anderson deciding he was wanting to work with Joaquin again.
According to the director, Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon “have their own language and short hand” with each other. The bond between the two actors helped to show the chemistry between their characters, this led the director to constantly remind both of them to stop talking so they could film. Witherspoon filmed all of her scenes for the film in just four days.
When P.I. Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend 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 ’60s, paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is one of those words going around, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s 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.
Inherent Vice first premiered at the New York Film Festival on October 4, 2014 and in December of 2014 it was released in a limited amount of theaters in the U.S. and come this January 9th will be make its full release.
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom
Run Time: 2 hours 28 minutes