Her

2014 • 125 minutes
4.2
6.92K reviews
94%
Tomatometer
R
Rating
Eligible
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Academy Award® winner for Best Original Screenplay! From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) comes an original love story that explores the evolving nature and risks of intimacy in the modern world. Set in the Los Angeles of the slight future, Her follows Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a complex, soulful man who makes his living writing touching, personal letters for other people. Heartbroken after the end of a long relationship, he becomes intrigued with a new, advanced operating system. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, female voice who is insightful, sensitive and surprisingly funny. As her needs and desires grow in tandem with his own, their friendship deepens into an eventual and unconventional love for each other.
Rating
R
4.2
6.92K reviews
Media Account
July 3, 2014
The idea of the movie seemed like a great vehicle for telling a heartwarming story. However, there is no hope for suspension of disbelief. The Samantha character is a slave to Theodore without, presumably, any option but to get him to love her. The liberties 'she' takes have no explanation so that the entire movie would be more believable and engaging if the plot motivator for voice-only communication was that Samantha lived on Mars, but was a real person. If you know anything about technology or computers, you may find this movie jarringly simplistic in its portrayal of a near-future that in many ways is lagging behind our present. The presumption that an computer AI would want to be human, let alone have a body is so egocentric that it typifies the ways in which this screenplay doesn't understand technology and highlights that the writers shouldn't have chosen that as their main vehicle for delivering the story.
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Sky Building
December 24, 2019
If you are worried this is just another I Robot or Terminator or Transcendence or 2001 Space Odyssey, movie about artificial intelligence taking over the world......don't worry. This is not just another movie trying to make us scared of AI. It is a philosophical romantic sci fi comedy. It is light on the comedy, but there is enough to help keep the film from being too overly-serious. I liked that about it. Not many movies will get you thinking as complexly about love and life and philosophy as this one. Is worth at least one watch. Probably won't want to watch it with your family though as it is no You've Got Mail. This movie earned its R rating with a couple scenes of moaning and one scene of nudity. I had not been expecting that, and found myself turning down the volume of my TV out of worry that my neighbors would complain about me playing dirty films really loud. lol. It is a very very smart movie. At least it provokes the asking of difficult to answer questions in our minds. I find myself still wondering about some of the ideas in the movie. Definitely recommended.
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Darryl Wright
May 18, 2014
The film rides an uneasy line between comedy and drama because it's too bleak and not really funny enough to be comedy and not serious or believable enough to be drama. I came out feeling 'meh'. There's some endearing moments but overall it feels like an overwrought experience. Also... moustaches.
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