To try and explain what's going on in Paul Thomas Anderson's (There Will Be Blood,Magnolia, The Master) latest film is near impossible as "Inherent Vice" is so baffling and confusing that you get the impression that the script was dropped on the floor and the director picked the pieces of paper up and filmed it without putting the papers back in order.
"Inherent Vice story is so rambling that it's almost unwatchable, what little story there is involves Joaquin Phoenix's pot smoking hippie private eye looking for an ex-girlfriend. His investigation takes him no where in particular, well no where that the viewer can determine, and it's during this investigation that various weird characters randomly pop in and out of his life. What's not to fault is the wonderful cast that includes Owen Wilson, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon and Benico Del Toro.
It has been said that Thomas Pynchon's novel from which the film version of "Inherent Vice is adapted was "unfilmable", whoever said that was correct as "Inherent Vice" is a head scratcher and a difficult watch from start to finish. Maybe the director over indulged in Phoenix's private eyes pot, avoid unless you like to sit and watch people doing nothing much in particular.