The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Inherent Vice

The next entry in our Magnificent Andersons series is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Pynchon.

Hippie private detective Larry “Doc” Sportello periodically emerges from his weed-soaked haze to tackle a case involving the possible abduction of his ex-girlfriend’s new lover, real-estate mogul Mickey Wolfmann. Set in 1970 against the backdrop of a Los Angeles seaside village called Gordita Beach, Doc stumbles through its psychedelic underbelly of surfers, stoners, and cops, gathering food for vibes over thought. The shadow of an international drug syndicate, a stone-faced LAPD Lieutenant, and the FBI at large signal an old order of things creeping into the frame of a decade long fever dream.

Having earned the 2015 Independent Spirit Robert Altman Award, Inherent Vice is Paul Thomas Anderson’s cheeky, wistful portrayal of an iconic crossroads in the American saga.


“A delirious triumph: a stylish-squared meeting of creative minds, a swirl of hypnosis and symbiosis, with Pynchon’s prose partly assigned to a narrating character and partly diversified into funky dialogue exchanges.” – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

“Inherent Vice is sensible and senseless, not as much a story as an experience of one.” – Alissa Wilkinson, Christianity Today

“I think I need to see it again, again.” – David Sexton, London Evening Standard