Inherent Vice Tuesday, 07 July 2020

Inherent Vice

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    MA15+: Strong sex scenes, frequent drug use and nudity.

  • The pitch:

    What's up doc?

  • Starring:

    Joaquin Phoenix, Joanna Newsom, Katherine Waterston, Jordan Christian Hearn, Josh Brolin, Eric Roberts, Maya Rudolph, Serena Scott Thomas, Michael Kenneth Williams, Hong Chau, Benicio Del Toro, Jena Malone, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Sasha Pieterse

  • Directed by:

    Paul Thomas Anderson

  • Running time:

    148 minutes

  • Rated:

    MA15+ (Australia), 15 (UK), R (USA)


    People are shot, hit with objects, held at gunpoint, wrestled, stomped, kneed, elbowed, slapped, bound, bashed. Objects thrown, kicked in. Swastikas seen. Nazi, cult, Charles Manson, murder, kidnapping, money laundering, contract killing, homicide, planting evidence, paedophile, forced into sexual practices mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Bloody mouth/face/hand. Pooled blood. Cauliflower ear. Dental imagery, patients in dental surgery seen. Puncture wounds on throat mentioned.


    People have sex (couch, office). Oral sex (female-female). Kissing (male-female; female-female), finger-sucking, undressing, nipple-caressing, thigh-rubbing, bum-slapping. Skimpy clothing, swimwear. Fully nude femaile (full frontal), nude artworks/images (female), shirtless men, exposed breasts. Sexual hand gestures. Infidelity, threesomes, hard-on, sexual diseases, forced into sexual practices mentioned.


    People smoke joints, snort white powder, inhale happy gas. Drug paraphernalia, packages of drugs seen. Alcohol (beer, tequila, wine). Smoking (joints, cigarettes, cigar). Heroin, reefer, doper, stoned, drugs, tripping, hallucinating, balloon of dope, grass, joints, smack, dropped acid, overdose, drug cartel, peyote, PCP mentioned.


    F-words, s-words, a-words, bastard, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals. Religous references. Obscene/sexual finger/hand gestures.


    Private investigation, paranoia, hippies, drugs, infidelity, informants, dentistry, 1970s Los Angeles, property tycoons, missing persons, counterculture, existentialism, truth, corruption.


    Deceased husband, missing persons mentioned. Seagulls, ouija board, astrology. Nose-picking. Soles of feet. Based on the novel, Inherent Vice, by Thomas Pynchon.


    Stupendous, surreal, funny, anxious, beautiful, audacious, fierce, groovy, weird, discursive, delightful, strange, deranged, warm, woozy, singular, gorgeous, radical, unsparing, big, oddball, confounding, madcap, psychedelic. Dazzling performance from Joaquin Phoenix, perfect comic performance from Josh Brolin, huge ensemble cast, laconic/surreal/lively/rambunctious tone, wild/convoluted story, dense plot, avoids kitsch, superb soundtrack, miraculous/speckled/sun-kissed cinematography, lived-in production design, exceptionally faithful to the Thomas Pynchon novel, lots of cameos.


    Detached, uneven, incoherent, sprawling, long. Won't be for everyone.

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