(2014) (Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin) (R)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Drama: A pot-smoking hippie detective tries to get to the bottom of a case involving a missing real estate developer and the young woman involved with both of them.
- It's 1970 and Larry "Doc" Sportello (JOAQUIN PHOENIX) is some sort of doctor who seemingly gets more business from being a private investigator. When his ex-girlfriend, Shasta Fay Hepworth (KATHERINE WATERSTON), shows up and states that her married real estate investor lover, Michael Z. "Mickey" Wolfmann (ERIC ROBERTS), is in trouble, that piques his interest. Shasta states that Wolfmann's wife, Sloane (SERENA SCOTT THOMAS), is plotting with her "spiritual advisor," Riggs Warbling (ANDREW SIMPSON), to have him committed to a mental asylum. Rather than go to his deputy district attorney girlfriend, Penny Kimball (REESE WITHERSPOON), for help, Doc starts nosing around. When he goes to a new neighborhood development that Mickey has just started, he has a brief run in with a sex shop worker, Jade (HONG CHAU), before being knocked out.
When he comes to, Doc finds himself next to the body of Mickey's bodyguard, Glenn Charlock (CHRISTOPHER ALLEN NELSON), and thus LAPD homicide detective Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen (JOSH BROLIN) obviously thinks Doc is guilty, especially now that Mickey is also missing. Bigfoot ends up releasing Doc, thanks to the help of maritime lawyer Sauncho Smilax, Esq. (BENICIO DEL TORO), and he next gets a call from Hope Harlingen (JENA MALONE) who states that her musician husband, Coy (OWEN WILSON), is dead, although she doesn't truly believe that. The plot thickens when Doc learns that Coy and Shasta knew each other, and that both Coy and Jade mentioned a mysterious boat known as the Golden Fang.
Doc eventually discovers that the corporation behind that is run by a bunch of dentists, including Dr. Rudy Blatnoyd (MARTIN SHORT). He just so happens to be involved with bedding and supplying drugs to a former teen runaway, Japonica Fenway (SASHA PIETERSE), who Doc was earlier tasked to find by her wealthy father. As the number of people somehow involved in this case continues to grow, Doc tries to get to the bottom of their involvement and what all of this means.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Older teens might be, especially if they're fans of anyone in the cast, or of the novel of the same name.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: R
- For drug use throughout, sexual content, graphic nudity, language and some violence.
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