Part of PTA/DDL.
The seventh feature from Paul Thomas Anderson and the first-ever film adaption of a Thomas Pynchon novel. When private eye Doc Sportello's (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady (Katherine Waterston) shows up suddenly out of nowhere with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, 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 psychedelic 60s, paranoia is running the day, and Doc knows that "love" is another of those words going around at the moment, like "trip" or "groovy," that’s being 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)...it’s part surf noir, part psychedelic romp— and all Thomas Pynchon.