First ‘Inherent Vice’ Trailer Showcases A Surefire Oscar Contender With An All-Star Cast

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The first trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice has found its way online ahead of the film’s winter release.

Opening with a bit of narration from Joanna Newsom that helps set up the plot of the film, as well as the tone of the story, the first trailer for Inherent Vice in briefly enticing before becoming borderline crazy. Once the basic premise has been revealed, viewers are given dozens of brief glimpses at the film, including shots of the A-list cast that helps bring it to life. You will probably walk away a little confused, but you will also feel entirely entertained. Check it out:

The official synopsis for Inherent Vice reads:

“Inherent Vice” is the seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When P.I. Doc Sportello’s ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a looney bin… well, easy for her to say. It’s the tail end of the `60s, paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is one of those words going around, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s 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.

Inherent Vice will receive a limited release (AKA qualifying run) on December 12, then will expand wide on January 9, 2015.

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