Warner Bros. has released a new Inherent Vice trailer, and while it doesn’t play up the comedy as much as the previous trailer, it does provide a more straightforward view of the film, or at least as straightforward as a Paul Thomas Anderson movie can be. The film stars Joaquin Phoenix as Larry “Doc” Sportello, a pot-smoking private eye who agrees to help an ex (Katherine Waterson) track down her new lover, real estate tycoon Mickey Wolfmann (Eric Roberts), and runs into a number of curious characters in the process. This trailer highlights other plot points like the involvement of the Golden Fang as well as how the setting factors into the themes. However, it doesn’t provide much in the way of the movie’s tone, which, admittedly, is harder to pin down in the span of less than two minutes.
Hit the jump to check out the new Inherent Vice trailer. The film opens in limited release on December 12th before going wide on January 9th, and also stars Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Benicio Del Toro, Martin Short, Sasha Pieterse, Joanna Newsom, and more. Click here to check out six clips from the movie, and click here to find out if there’s an advanced screening in your area.