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Inherent Vice (2014)

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In 1970, drug-fueled Los Angeles private investigator Larry "Doc" Sportello investigates the disappearance of a former girlfriend.

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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. A plan for kidnapping gets shaken up by the oddball characters entangled in this groovy kidnapping romp based upon the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Written by bignicknasty97

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Rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence | See all certifications »

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9 January 2015 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$328,184 (USA) (12 December 2014)

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$8,093,318 (USA) (20 February 2015)
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Paul Thomas Anderson's previous venture into adapting a novel, There Will Be Blood (2007), diverted greatly from the source (Oil! by Upton Sinclair). By contrast, this adaptation adheres very closely to the plot and even dialogue of the Thomas Pynchon novel. See more »

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Dr. Blatnoyd's office cannot possibly be in a large corner room with large windows on both sides based on the exterior shot of the Golden Fang building. See more »

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Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen: [in Japanese restaurant] Chotto, Kenichiro, Dozo! Motto panukeiku... motto panukeiku! MOTTO PANUKEIKU!
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After the credits roll, the end caption is the opening inscription from Pynchon's novel, Inherent Vice: "Under the Paving-Stones, the Beach!" - Graffito, Paris, May 1968 See more »

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Featured in 2016 Canadian Screen Awards (2016) See more »

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Here Comes the Ho-Dads
Performed by The Marketts
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Incoherent vice
20 January 2015 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film tells the story of a private detective in Los Angeles who investigates the disappearance of his former girlfriend and a rich real estate tycoon.

"Inherent Vice" has a super incoherent plot. Not only do I not understanding a thing while watching it, I still don't understand it even when I paused the film and read the plot synopsis regularly. So the detective investigates the case, then somehow the case is completely forgotten because a prostitute tells him about a shipment of heroin. There are just far too many characters in the film, each one of them doing their little bit in the story that does not glue together as a whole. Every subplot gets mentioned them dropped, without any satisfactory resolution. This film is a tremendous waste of time!


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