Release date: December 12, 2014
Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio del Toro, Jena Malon
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Screenwriter: Paul Thomas Anderson
Film “Inherent Vice” is based on the novel “Inherent Vice” by Thomas Pynchon.
When private eye Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic ’60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being 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… Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon.
The term “inherent vice” as a phrase refers to a hidden defect (or the very nature) of a physical object that causes it to deteriorate because of the fundamental instability of its components.
“Inherent Vice” Cast in Stills
Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello
Owen Wilson as Coy Harlingen
Reese Witherspoon as Penny Kimball
Katherine Waterston as Shasta Fay Hepworth
Eric Roberts as Mickey Wolfmann
Josh Brolin as Det. Christian “Bigfoot” Bjornsen
Hong Chau as Jade
Benicio del Toro as Sauncho Smilax
Martin Short as Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd
Jeannie Berlin as Aunt Reet
Joanna Newsom as Sortilège
Jena Malone as Hope Harlingen
Maya Rudolph as Petunia Leeway
Serena Scott Thomas as Sloane Wolfmann
Peter McRobbie as Adrian Prussia
Sasha Pieterse as Japonica Fenway
Delaina Mitchell as Mrs. Bigfoot Bjornsen
Michael K. Williams as Tariq Khalil
Michelle Sinclair as Clancy Charlock
Madison Leisle as Goldfang
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