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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:

Ella See more »

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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Company Credits

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Annapurna Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Samantha Morton, who voiced Samantha during the film's production and was replaced by Scarlett Johansson after principal photography wrapped, is credited as an associate producer on the movie. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the movie, when Theodore was passing near the working woman, the computer in front of her, has no cables. After Theodore passes, the computer has cables plugged in. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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"Evelyn Edwards...... Mother Who Dated Pricks" See more »

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Featured in Half in the Bag: The Legend of Hercules and Her (2014) See more »

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Off You
Written by Kim Deal
Performed by The Breeders
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment Group and 4AD
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"The Heart is Not Like a Box" (dialog)
2 November 2014 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Fairly rare one of a kind film.

A high concept film that actually stays true to its core idea yet without losing viewer interest.

Some irony here. While the film never becomes completely predictable, even to a jaded reviewer like this one, its process of de-constructing human relationship (brilliant, and better than all Woody Allen's films combined) generates the sequential "connections" with the viewer (ie, experiences that every viewer can relate to) which in turn keep the empathy going long after the initial sci fi "wow" is gone.

Watching this (as an aside) you have to wonder if Scarlett Johansson's career can get any more interesting? In the Marvel films she plays an uber-woman, In LUCY she a woman who evolves beyond evolution itself. And here yet again she plays an OS that transcends reality.

Makes for a nice resume.

Notice how Amy Adams plays every scene with no makeup? Talk about a director making every effort to keep an actor's natural beauty from hijacking the film...?


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