Bummer, man - stoned noir tale is a muddled mess

January 9, 2015 8:06 AM

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Bummer, man - stoned noir tale is a muddled mess

It's perfectly understandable that after the epic undertaking of 2012's The Master - power! corruption! cultdom! self-delusion! post-traumatic stress! - Paul Thomas Anderson would want to try something, um, fun. The filmmaker did a similar switching-gears thing back at the turn of the (21st) century, following the beautifully grim Magnolia with his goofy two-step Punch-Drunk Love (starring Adam Sandler, no less).

So, here Anderson is, moving his hands through a cloud of cannabis smoke (figuratively speaking) to capture a psychedelic slice of stoner life in 1970 Southern California. The source material is Thomas Pynchon's Inherent Vice, the writer's 2009 mash-up of Raymond Chandler and Cheech and Chong. The d...

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