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Inherent Vice: A smoky haze of marijuana

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2015 | 12:00 AM
A stoner private detective (Joaquin Phoenix) attempts to solve a disappearance in ‘Inherent Vice’.

In a California beach community, private detective Larry 'Doc' Sportello tends to work his cases through a smoky haze of marijuana. One day, Shasta, a former lover, arrives out of the blue to plead for Doc's help; it seems that Shasta's current beau, rich real-estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann, has a wife who may be plotting to commit him to a mental hospital. When Mickey and Shasta both disappear, Doc navigates a psychedelic world of surfers, stoners and cops to solve the case.

Inherent Vice is an American stoner crime comedy. The seventh feature film directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, Inherent Vice was adapted by Anderson from the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon, and stars an ensemble cast, including Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Katherine Waterston, Academy Award winners Reese Witherspoon and Benicio del Toro, Jena Malone, Joanna Newsom, Academy Award nominee Jeannie Berlin, Maya Rudolph, Michael K. Williams and Martin Short.