Before you see Inherent Vice, watch this trailer that will help you understand it

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Movie trailers have a reputation for spoiling what they’re meant to be promoting. Studios seem to have such little faith in the power of mystery, that their marketing materials tell us what happens deep into the second act of most upcoming films. But the new trailer for Inherent Vice, one of the year’s best and most difficult to follow films, does that rare thing: it makes seeing the movie more enjoyable without giving everything away.

Set in California at the end of the 1960s, the gumshoe noir follows Doc Sportello, a drugged-out detective with good intentions. Doc takes a gig from his ex-girlfriend Shasta that sends him on a chronic odyssey involving biker gangs, the Black Panthers, a former tenor sax star, a maritime lawyer, and a…

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