â€œInherent Vice,â€ is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
When private eye Doc Sportelloâ€™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 binâ€¦well, easy for her to say.
Itâ€™s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that â€œloveâ€ is another of those words going around at the moment, like â€œtripâ€ or â€œgroovy,â€ thatâ€™s being way too overusedâ€”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 rompâ€”all Thomas Pynchon.
The film stars Oscar nominees Joaquin Phoenix (â€œThe Master,â€ â€œWalk the Lineâ€), Josh Brolin (â€œTrue Grit,â€ â€œNo Country For Old Menâ€) and Owen Wilson (â€œThe Royal Tennenbaums,â€ â€œMidnight in Parisâ€); Katherine Waterston (â€œMichael Clayton,â€ â€œBoardwalk Empireâ€); Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon (â€œWalk the Lineâ€) and Benicio Del Toro (â€œTrafficâ€); Martin Short (â€œFrankenweenieâ€); Jena Malone (â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€ series); and musician Joanna Newsom.
Oscar nominee Paul Thomas Anderson (â€œThere Will Be Blood,â€ â€œThe Masterâ€) directed â€œInherent Viceâ€ from a screenplay he wrote based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon. Anderson also produced the film, together with Oscar-nominated producers JoAnne Sellar and Daniel Lupi (â€œThere Will Be Bloodâ€). Scott Rudin and Adam Somner served as executive producers.
Andersonâ€™s behind-the-scenes creative team included Oscar-winning director of photography Robert Elswit (â€œThere Will Be Bloodâ€), production designer David Crank (â€œThe Masterâ€), Oscar-nominated editor Leslie Jones (â€œThe Thin Red Lineâ€), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (â€œThe Artistâ€). The music is by Radioheadâ€™s Jonny Greenwood.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with IAC Films, a JoAnne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company production, â€œInherent Vice.â€ Opening in limited release on December 12, 2014 and expanding on January 9, 2015, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
â€œInherent Viceâ€ has been rated R for drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence.