Inherent Vice

2015

Paul Thomas Anderson
Director
Warner Brothers
Studio

Stoner detective Phoenix searches for his missing ex-girlfriend, and gets dragged into a complicated web of kidnapping and drug smuggling full of oddball characters.

Somewhat overlong, and like all P. T. Anderson films at times teetering on the brink of pretentiousness, nonetheless comes out a winner and doing the near-impossible, making a successful movie out of a Pynchon novel. Both the book and the film havea lot of affinities with Raymond Chandler's writing. Both are on the surface detective novels, but use that as a framework to explore deeper things. Both use weirds cults, corrupt cops and odd, shady hospitals with unhealthy cures to explore the themes of paranoia and reality. The only difference is that those tihngs are a bit more important in this decade, when the government and the police have dropped any pretence of being "for the people."

Great soundtrack and some wonderfully deadpan comic moments. Some people have remarked there's too much talking in this film, but maybe those people need to stop checking their cell phones and concentrate for five minutes. This is definitely a film that rewards close attention.

-Dave W.



9th January 2015
Cinema



148 mins
1.85:1




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Joaquin Phoenix
Larry "Doc" Sportello
Josh Brolin
Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen
Owen Wilson
Coy Harlingen
Katherine Waterston
Shasta Fay Hepworth
Reese Witherspoon
Deputy D.A. Penny Kimball
Benicio Del Toro
Sauncho Smilax, Esq
Jena Malone
Hope Harlingen
Joanna Newsom
Sortilège
Jordan Christian Hearn
Denis
Hong Chau
Jade
Jeannie Berlin
Aunt Reet
Maya Rudolph
Petunia Leeway
Michael Kenneth Williams
Tariq Khalil
MIchelle Sinclair
Clancy Charlock
Martin Short
Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd, D.D.S.
Sasha Pieterse
Japonica Fenway
Martin Donovan
Crocker Fenway
Eric Roberts
Michael Z. "Mickey" Wolfmann
Serena Scott Thomas
Sloane Wolfmann
Yvette Yates
Luz
Andrew Simpson
Riggs Warbling
Jefferson Mays
Dr. Threeply
Keith Jardine
Puck Beaverton
Peter McRobbie
Adrian Prussia
Sam Jaeger
Agent Flatweed, F.B.I.
Timothy Simons
Agent Borderline, F.B.I.
Samantha Lemole
Golden Fang Mother
Madison Leisle
Golden Fang Daughter
Matt Doyle
Golden Fang Dad
Liam Van Joosten
Golden Fang Son
Taylor Bonin
Ensenada Slim
Martin Dew
Dr. Buddy Tubeside
Shannon Collis
Bambi
Christopher Allen Nelson
Glenn Charlock
Catherine Haena Kim
News Reporter
Vivienne Khaledi
Amethyst Harlingen
Joe Dioletto
Cop with Bigfoot
Jack Kelly
Burke Stodger
(film footage as Jerry Donovan
in 1962 short Red Nightmare)
Jillian Bell
Chlorinda
Christian Williams
Smedley
The Growlers
The Boards
Alina Gatti
Howdy Dopers Phone Voice
Elaine Tan
Xandra
Wilson Bethel
LAPD Officer #1
Anders Holm
LAPD Officer #2
Emmet Unverzagt
Bigfoot's Kid
Osamu Saito
Japanese Cook
Erica Sullivan
Dr. Lily Hammer
Eva Simone Fisher
Dr. Threeply's Assistant #1
Jackie Michele Johnson
Dr. Threeply's Assistant #2
Katie Schwartz
Kimberly
Charley Morgan
Dr. Igor
Delaina Mitchell
Mrs. Chastity Bjornsen
Michael Cotter
Russ Frothingham
Shannon C. Sullivan
Adrian Prussia's Secretary
David Prak
Buddhist Monk
Amy Ferguson
Bodhi
Emma Dumont
Zinnia
Richard Nixon
Himself
(archive footage)
E.J. André
Unknown Actor in Burke Stodger film
(Curator Malenko in 1962 short
Red Nightmare)
Martin Milner
Officer Pete Malloy
(in Adam-12 episode "The Militants")
(uncredited)

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