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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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Paul Thomas Anderson (written for the screen by), Thomas Pynchon (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 16 wins & 93 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joanna Newsom ... Sortilège
Katherine Waterston ... Shasta Fay Hepworth
Joaquin Phoenix ... Larry "Doc" Sportello
Jordan Christian Hearn ... Denis
Taylor Bonin Taylor Bonin ... Ensenada Slim
Jeannie Berlin ... Aunt Reet
Josh Brolin ... Lt. Det. Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen
Eric Roberts ... Michael Z. Wolfmann
Serena Scott Thomas ... Sloane Wolfmann
Maya Rudolph ... Petunia Leeway
Martin Dew ... Dr. Buddy Tubeside
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Tariq Khalil
Hong Chau ... Jade
Shannon Collis ... Bambi
Christopher Allen Nelson ... Glenn Charlock
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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Love usually leads to trouble.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

Official Facebook | Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

9 January 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Inherent Vice See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$328,184, 12 December 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$8,110,975

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,710,975
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Jordan Christian Hearn. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sortilège: [narrating] Well Mornin' Sam, like a bad luck planet in today's horoscope, here's the old hippie-hating mad dog himself in the flesh: Lieutenant Detective Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen. SAG member, John Wayne walk, flat top of Flintstone proportions and that evil, little shit-twinkle in his eye that says Civil Rights Violations.
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Crazy Credits

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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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Interstellar (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Les Fleur
Written by Richard Rudolph (as Richard Rudolph) and Charles Stepney
Performed by Minnie Riperton
Courtesy of Capitol Records, LLC
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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Better than people say
18 March 2018 | by johnfg-83353See all my reviews

I loved this film. A lot of people don't like this film because the plot is very confusing and hard to follow but the whole message of the film is that sometimes life doesn't wrap things up in a nice little bow and sometimes everything doesn't come together in the end. I've seen this film a few times now and I like it more everytime I see it. The first time I didn't really like it because I was trying to keep up and get my head around the plot but after I became enlightened to the theme, then I was just able to sit back and experience the journey. It is a great character study. Joaquín pheonix is fantastic and his character is great, all the characters and performances in this film are great and fun, Josh Brolin works really well and had great chemistry with Pheonix, and Martin Short was hilarious when he came into the film he was amazing. There were so many great moments and great lines scattered about like when he visits the golden fang institute. The dialogue on the whole is inconsistent as a lot of it is exposition for the plot but when it isn't that it was fantastic. This is one of the most enjoyable films because you don't need to worry about understanding the plot because you're not supposed to understand it and instead just sit back and relax. The directing is great as always from PTA, the film is really well made. My only criticisms are the film gets weaker in the last 20 mins or so and probably should've ended earlier and that some of the dialogue is just exposition. However I love this film on the whole, I love the soundtrack and the unsatisfying ending reflects the whole film, it reflects the character and how really he gets nothing done in the whole film. And it also reflects life, and how in life often things don't have satisfying endings.


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