"Inherent Vice"

City Paper

Consider this flick City Paper reader (and staffer!) comfort food: Paul Thomas Anderson brings his gregarious cinematic skills to an adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s 2009 novel “Inherent Vice,” a ’70s-set stoner detective tale about private eye “Doc” Sportello (here played by Joaquin Phoenix, sporting some stellar sideburns) investigating the disappearance of an ex’s boyfriend. But this is Pynchon by way of Anderson, so this’ll probably play out more like Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye” on weed, or OK, on more weed than that movie was already on, right? This is the first film adaptation of a Pynchon novel and Anderson has, since 1999’s “Magnolia,” been moving into more difficult, disturbing, and occasionally absurdist territory with “Punch Drunk Love,” “There Will Be Blood,” and “The Master,” far from the geeked-up Scorsese shtick found in his career-making “Boogie Nights.” 

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