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In a near future, a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with an operating system designed to meet his every need.

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Spike Jonze

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Spike Jonze
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joaquin Phoenix ... Theodore
Lynn Adrianna ... Letter Writer #1
Lisa Renee Pitts ... Letter Writer #2
Gabe Gomez Gabe Gomez ... Letter Writer #3
Chris Pratt ... Paul
Artt Butler ... Text Voice (voice)
May Lindstrom May Lindstrom ... Sexy Pregnant TV Star
Rooney Mara ... Catherine
Bill Hader ... Chat Room Friend #2 (voice)
Kristen Wiig ... SexyKitten (voice)
Brian Johnson ... OS1 Commercial Lead
Scarlett Johansson ... Samantha (voice)
Amy Adams ... Amy
Matt Letscher ... Charles
Spike Jonze ... Alien Child (voice) (as Adam Spiegel)
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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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A Spike Jonze love story.

Genres:

Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$23,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$260,382, 20 December 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$25,568,251

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$47,351,251
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Annapurna Pictures See more »
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SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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When Samantha is helping Theo at work with proof-reading of some letters she says ".. but I'm not much of a poet so I think I might have messed them up a bit". This may be a reference to an Alan Turing paper on Computing and Artificial Intelligence in which he proposes a possible test of a computer's intelligence by posing questions which the computer answers. He proposes the following question and answer as an example: Q: Please write me a sonnet on the subject of the Forth Bridge. A: Count me out on this one. I never could write poetry. See more »

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The movie is set in Los Angeles. It is filmed in California and China. However, in some of the panoramic shots of the city the traffic is driving on the left side of the road. In both the US and in China, traffic drives on the right side of the road. 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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I love everything about Her
4 January 2014 | by Frank-E-HickeySee all my reviews

This is the best film I have seen all year, and I saw just about every good film to hit theaters in 2013. I think it's because it is so representational of what it's like to be human.

There are so many things that make this movie special, but I'll just mention a few.

1. The score is INCREDIBLE. The music paired with the beautiful sound design make you FEEL the movie. Sure, you see everything on the screen, which is already beautiful, but then that music hits you and the emotions just start to run. I laughed, I cried, my brain got all tingly. It was an emotional roller coaster, and the score assisted in that so well.

2. The script. I knew how this movie was going to end 30 minutes in. And unlike most who would then say that it's predictable and not worth watching, I consider that awesome, because it means that the script is tight enough to tell a good story with a believable arc. Every scene in this movie is straight up powerful! Like it will fill your heart with sadness and happiness and pain and guilt and confusion. And then rinse and repeat. For 2 hours. It moves through all of the most complex and interesting questions that we should be asking ourselves about what it means to be a human being. About what it means to be alive. This film is about all that life is. And after the screening, as well as during, I found myself questioning things in my own life that either don't make sense or don't have to make sense. Like love and thoughts and emotions. They're all so natural and yet none of us truly understand how they work. In my opinion, moreso than any other film this year, Her has the perfect mix of complex ideas, story, and character development. One of the best scripts ever written.

3. Cinematography. My personal favorite shot to see and use is the extreme close up. And that shot was all over this movie. The reason I love it so much and believe it works so well is because it allows you to see the emotions of the character so plainly. Like their face is right in your face, so you just have to look at it. And that's where Joaquin shines. He delivers such a powerful and emotional performance and the close ups are there to capture it all. They also make great use of the natural backlighting of Shanghai, and the colors all fuse to make it a really pretty movie. I'd say the cinematography is on par with Drive and/or Lost in Translation in terms of the style. It looks like every shot was photographed with the intent to make it the most beautiful shot in the film. And I admire the DP's work. He did a really great job.

More than anything though, this film just made me feel. Everything about it was so beautiful. I didn't want it to end. I felt like the film was controlling me - playing with my mind as if it were a joystick. And that's just something you don't get every day. Very rarely am I awe- stricken by a movie, and this film made my jaw drop. It is without a doubt the best film of the year, and upon just one viewing, one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time.


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