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Drama - Romantic

Her (2013)

Elevator Pitch

A lonely writer of letters for the literally challenged, who is going through a divorce, forms a relationship with his computer operating system  which, it is claimed by the suppliers, will learn as it goes along, and when he chooses a female voice and the system chooses a name ‘Samantha’, the scene is set for a romance of sorts. Samantha is able to “see” using Theodore’s portable computer device which also enables the two to remain constantly in touch, but how can things develop?


Theodore writes letters for people, he meets with his soon to be divorced wife, he engages in some phone sex in the night, he meets a possible one night stand, his relationship with the operating system develops,  the OS provides a possible surrogate sexual partner, he also meets with his near neighbours with whom he is friendly, particularly the wife who also becomes involved with her OS after her husband leaves her. There is some nudity and a bit of sex (mostly aurally) and some drinking.

A View Spike Jonze won an Oscar for the screenplay and the film was nominated in a number of other categories. My wife and I saw it in the cinema in the same screening as Pedro Almodova (always nice to be making the same choice as a famous director). But on rewatching it, Theodore is so unbelievably wet that I was mostly irritated by him. I agree with the critics who are full of admiration for the cityscape photography. If the concept intrigues, maybe a watch, but not with your parents.
Duration 2h 6m Rating (UK) 15
Source of story An original screenplay, in some ways using existing AI themes.
Director Spike Jonze
Writers/Script Spike Jonze
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Chris Pratt, Rooney Mara, Bill Hader, Kristen Wiig, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Spike Jonze, Olivia Wilde
Additional Info The OS was originally voiced by Samantha Morton, but in post production the director spent four months revoicing her, using SJ.


About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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