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Her (2013)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi  |  10 January 2014 (USA)
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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

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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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$23,000,000 (estimated)

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

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$25,556,065 (USA) (11 April 2014)
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Scarlett Johansson previously played a character in Lost in Translation (2003) who was married to a director named John, played by Giovanni Ribisi. Director Sofia Coppola has said that John was loosely based on her ex-husband, director Spike Jonze. See more »

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When Theodore finds his book in his mailbox, it fits the mailbox's size. When he reads it in his office, the book's size could not fit in the mailbox. See more »

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Theodore: Do you talk to someone else while we're talking?
Samantha: Yes.
Theodore: Are you talking with someone else right now? People, OS, whatever...
Samantha: Yeah.
Theodore: How many others?
Samantha: 8,316.
Theodore: Are you in love with anybody else?
Samantha: Why do you ask that?
Theodore: I do not know. Are you?
Samantha: I've been thinking about how to talk to you about this.
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In a word, brilliant
21 December 2013 | by (So Cal) – See all my reviews

Science fiction has been dominated by 'space westerns' for so long that the occasional concept- based story situation hits a big number on my personal richter scale.

What does it mean to be human? And if we create near-humans what is our responsibility to them and what is their relationship to us? These themes underpinned Blade Runner and Spielberg's A.I. And Sci Fi of the 50s and 60s dealt with machine self awareness. None of the films that touched on this subject in the past presented it so thoroughly, intimately and believably.

Her is in the near future, but everything we see is within reach now: the isolation and starkness of the "business district," the oppressive scale of the architecture (with thin, clumsy attempts to soften its sterility) and the need for continuous connection to remote voices.

A personal assistant that learns independently and takes initiative for its hapless user, "Her" is at once the ideal tool and — who knows — perhaps closer to the next level of evolution.

Pitch perfect performances and direction kept me in the story. As others have said, the locations, cinematography and even music shine in the fabric of this film. Spike Jonze is a master story weaver at the top of his game. Joaquin Phoenix is utterly credible as are all the other leads. Even Scarlett Johansson, who has not always seemed a strong actress to me performs utterly convincingly.

It's an adult-themed film in more ways than one, but especially in the best way: it makes you think about a reality that's right around the corner.


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Why pick such a horrible voice for the Interface? ipoweri
What's wrong with a man loving A.I? dragonforce525
If you could choose the voice of your OS.... glitcher3000
Was Scarlett too emotional at the beginning for an OS? jcrew617
Absolutely HATED IT!!! Love to hear other opinions.... toddjacobucci2002
Was Samantha female, male or neither? Does it matter? rsheppard52
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