Inherent Vice is exactly what you'd expect from Paul Thomas Anderson's attempt to tackle the world of stoners, surfers, and underachievers like Doc Sportello (Phoenix). Sportello never reacts like you'd expect because he's always too stoned. Just like the film itself seems to be. It makes you feel high experiencing it and if you're already high - well - you're one step closer to grasping this strange hippie mystery. It's fun to watch because like all of Anderson's works it's full of colorful characters. The story tackles the time period, politics, and paraphernalia with such hazy wonder and sozzled gusto that it's unwatchable for anyone unaccustomed to this world. Anderson doesn't care though and every actor gives it there all. Phoenix especially is fantastically fun.