Synopsis: Joaquin Phoenix plays a dope smoking private investigator asked by his ex-girlfriend to help out her two timing lover who's about to be sectioned by his wife and her boyfriend. I think.
Stan's thoughts: Got really excited by the trailer for this. It looked a little eccentric in style and tone and a little bit silly and, after all the worthy and/or tense Oscar fodder I've consumed in recent weeks, was just what I was looking for. Sadly it didn't live up to expectation.
The best way to describe it like going out with a group of people you don't know very well and staying sober while they all get off their tits. It's gets boring quite quickly. The plot is rambling to say the least and there are a ton of characters, some you never even see, which makes it difficult to follow; in fact I couldn't really tell you what was going on half the time.
There is also an inordinate amount of female nudity which felt gratuitous very quickly.
Inherent Vice has some great little moments and I did laugh out loud a couple of times but not enough to keep the whole thing together. Sorry PT Anderson but I was a bit bored.
- Stan’s 40%
- IMDB 72%
- Metascore 81%
- Rotten Tomatoes 72%
- RT Audience Rating* 56%
* Number of people rating 3.5/5 or higher