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
When asked about her nude scenes in this and other films, Katherine Waterston said "When you have a lot to do in a scene, it's actually quite liberating. I find it more freeing." See more »
In the car (uni color Mercedes) with Doc, Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd, Japonica Fenway and Denis, as they are being stopped by cops for being under suspicion of a possible cult: japonica was the driver the entire time. When the cop comes back to give them their id's back. Doc is in the drivers seat.
However, this can be explained: When the cop approaches the car Japonica asks if he's "The Great Beast" and when he says she was driving without headlights she says "But I can see in the dark", to which the cop replies "Perhaps you shouldn't be driving then". Since the cop has clearly indicated he doesn't think Japonica is in a fit state to drive, It only makes sense that she wouldn't be behind the wheel when the he returns from checking their IDs if they hope to be able to drive out of there. See more »
Inherent vice in a maritime insurance policy is anything that you can't avoid. Eggs break, chocolate melts, glass shatters, and Doc wondered what that meant when it applied to ex-old ladies.
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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 »
Inherent Vice is an excellent movie, but it's not for everybody.
It's based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon, a surreal American writer mainly inspired by the transition from the 60s to the 70s, and its repercussions throughout American society.
As a result, it's a rather artsy movie, filled with interesting characters and driven by a pot-smoking PI played, wonderfully, by Joaquim Phoenix. There is a lot to like about it, from its interesting meditations on life to its cast of quirky, oddball characters, but it's not a Hollywood movie and it will disappoint anybody looking for glitzier productions filled with special effects or cheap drama.
The plot itself, rather meandering and confusing, is rather irrelevant, but the movie as a whole is original and, if you can read between the lines, thought-provoking. Normally I would give it a higher score, but when I think of the novel it was based on I can't help thinking that the pace was a little too slow, and too many amazing moments in the novel were just trash-canned to keep the budget down.
Still, very original and interesting, but be prepared for quite a trip (especially if you smoke a joint first, which would really help getting into the main character's shoes)
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