Half a dozen big name actors star in the new movie, INHERENT VICE. But that doesn't mean it's for mainstream audiences.
Director Paul Thomas Anderson's latest is a weird comedy that contains some really funny and stunningly original scenes, but it's also way too long and way too complicated.
The only way to enjoy this movie is to give up expecting it to make sense and just give in to how bizarre and goofy many of the scenes are.
Narrator: If it's a quiet night out the beach and your ex old lady out of nowhere suddenly shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boy friend and his wife and her boyfriend and a plot to kidnap the billionaire and throw him in a loony bin.
Girlfriend: I need your help, doc.
Narrator: Maybe, you should just look the other way. But if you're Doc, it may all start to get a little peculiar after that.
“A little peculiar” is an understatement.
Doc: So where would I find him?
Old actress: He's technically Jewish but wants to be a Nazi.
Joaquin Phoenix is Doc, a perpetually stoned private L.A. detective in the year 1970.
I'm not even going to try to summarize the plot of this sprawling, convoluted mystery based on a novel by Thomas Pynchon.
Suffice it to say that director Paul Thomas Anderson captures the feel of the end of the hippie era in L.A.
Doc is accused of the murder of the missing man's bodyguard even though he has nothing to do with it.
But that means he has to deal with a crazy cop played by Josh Brolin who shouts orders for Swedish pancakes in a Japanese restaurant.
Doc's lawyer is played by Benicio Del Toro. He's supposed to defend Doc against murder charges.
Brolin: I think we could probably take this all the way to trial, but with our luck, the jury pool will be 99 percent hippie.
Del Toro: Unless you change the venue to maybe like Orange county. Not as many hippies down there you know.
Doc: Sarge, who you working for?
Del Toro: Clients pay me for work, Doc. Clients pay me for work, Doc.
INHERENT VICE has a great cast and all the actors seem to be having fun, over acting and generally running amok. But the overall incoherence of the movie and the fact that some of the dialog is unintelligible turn this into a movie that only film buffs will enjoy. Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now. firstname.lastname@example.org