A drug-fueled adventure of a man searching for his ex-girlfriend — or what sounds like an average Friday night in DeKalb — is the subject of the film “Inherent Vice,” released Jan. 9.
Joaquin Phoenix stars as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a befuddled pothead and private investigator who is dragged into a web of infidelity and mystery by his ex-girlfriend Shasta, played by Katherine Waterston. Shasta warns Doc that her current boyfriend’s wife and her illicit lover are planning a scheme to rob Shasta’s boyfriend, Mickey Wolfmann, of all his money, and they want to cut her in on it.
Shortly after, Shasta goes missing and Doc investigates her disappearance, navigating through drug-infested ’70s California in search of answers. His search leads him to a brothel, a real estate mogul, a broken family and a drug cartel.
In a film filled with eccentric performances, Josh Brolin has the best as “Bigfoot” Bjornsen, a Los Angeles detective who has an unconventionally ambiguous relationship with Doc. Bigfoot ranges from trusting Doc as a colleague to actively finding ways to screw him over.
Michael K. Williams and Reese Witherspoon also have brief, forgettable appearances as a black supremacist convict and a lawyer, respectively. Read more…