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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

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OS1 Commercial Lead
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Storyline

Theodore is a lonely man in the final stages of his divorce. When he's not working as a letter writer, his down time is spent playing video games and occasionally hanging out with friends. He decides to purchase the new OS1, which is advertised as the world's first artificially intelligent operating system, "It's not just an operating system, it's a consciousness," the ad states. Theodore quickly finds himself drawn in with Samantha, the voice behind his OS1. As they start spending time together they grow closer and closer and eventually find themselves in love. Having fallen in love with his OS, Theodore finds himself dealing with feelings of both great joy and doubt. As an OS, Samantha has powerful intelligence that she uses to help Theodore in ways others hadn't, but how does she help him deal with his inner conflict of being in love with an OS? Written by Bob Philpot

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Rated R for language, sexual content and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$260,382 (USA) (20 December 2013)

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$25,556,065 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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The second of two films that Spike Jonze had directed in the last 11 years, the first being Where the Wild Things Are (2009). See more »

Goofs

When Theodore is walking through the plaza, from his view we see an older Asian man is just about to pass him on his right, but then in the next shot from the other direction, no such man passes him. See more »

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Theodore: [writing letter] "To my Chris. I've been thinking how I could possibly tell you how much you mean to me. I remember when I first started to fall in love with you like it was last night. Lying naked beside you in that tiny apartment - it suddenly hit me that I was part of this whole larger thing. Just like our parents - or our parents' parents. Before that, I was just living my life like I knew everything - and suddenly this bright light hit me and woke me up. That light was you. I ...
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Crazy Credits

"Steve Zissis....... New Sweet Boyfriend of Mother Who Dated Pricks" See more »

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Featured in The Daily Show: Scarlett Johansson (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Need Your Love So Bad
Written by Mertis John Jr. and Little Willie John (as John William Edward)
Performed by Little Willie John
Courtesy of Gusto Records, Inc.
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One of the best in 2013!!!
20 December 2013 | by (Saudi Arabia) – See all my reviews

Though director Spike Jonze collaborated with Charlie Kaufman on Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, the latter didn't have a hand in Jonze's assured, moving fourth feature, but his spirit—fiendishly inventive, casually postmodern, self-lacerating, fearless, funny, and ultimately deeply sad—pervades the film. With Her, Jonze beautifully realizes a future Los Angeles where a lovesick man (Joaquin Phoenix) in the midst of a devastating divorce is so desperate for intimacy that he falls hopelessly in love with an artificially intelligent operating system, voiced by Scarlett Johansson. Jonze's screenplay acknowledges the innate absurdity of the film's premise while spinning it into an elegant, heartbreaking depiction of human loneliness and the innate need for connection. For the setting, Jonze plugged into the current era's technological mania to say something timeless and profound about love, loss, and evolving desire.


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