The Swingin’ Sixties Are Raging In New Trailer For Inherent Vice


Warner Bros. has debuted a new trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s critically-acclaimed seventh movie, Inherent Vice, ahead of its release this Friday. Titled “Paranoia,” this two-minute preview amps up the groovy nature of the ’60s setting along with a trio of TV spot teasers.

Based on the novel by Thomas Pynchon, a sun-dappled California provides the environment for Joaquin Phoenix’s private eye, Doc Sportello, who begins to untangle a web of mystery when his ex-girlfriend turns up. The plot meanders down its various narrative strands, introducing a slew of big-name supporting cast members to lend Doc a hand. Today’s new trailer highlights the hippish vibe hovering above proceedings and ought to entice newbies into tracking down a showing when it opens this weekend. You can check out the trailer above, and the TV spots below.

Thus far, the adaptation has scored overwhelmingly positive reviews. Its debut at the New York Film Festival earlier this year prompted a four-star rating from our own Zachary Shevich, who summarized his opinion of the film as follows, “immersive and occasionally incoherent, stoner mystery Inherent Vice is a bold step for filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson.”

Inherent Vice opens in select theatres on December 12th, before expanding into a wider release on January 9th, 2015.

“Inherent Vice,” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel.

When private eye Doc Sportello’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 bin…well, easy for her to say.

It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—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 romp—all Thomas Pynchon.