Her

Her

A Spike Jonze Love Story

DVD - 2014
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Set in Los Angeles in the slight future, Theodore, 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, which promises to be an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. Upon initiating it, he is delighted to meet "Samantha", 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 love for each other.

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PHAERTE1
Jun 12, 2018

The actors are good. The acting is good. The story is good. However, it is so slow it is agonizing to watch. Could have been wrapped up in 30 minutes.

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andreajesse
May 25, 2018

A telling tale of what becomes of us as we fall in love with our "smart" devices. We want our devices to be ever more intelligent, but at what price? How well do we want them to "know" us. Samantha is Theodore's girlfriend. She started out as just a friendly OS there to help him organize his files. She becomes very helpful to him - perhaps too much so. Theodore becomes completely emotionally dependent on "her." But, who is "she" really? I think this film is quite prescient. It is warning for what we are becoming. I saw this film when it first came out in 2013. Since then, every time I see someone looking down at their smart phone and smiling, I think of it. Whatever happened to good old-fashioned human interaction? Though the film does not explicitly address it, the movie does hint at what could become of a world where our smart devices are smarter than us and have their own ideas and ambitions? Call me a luddite, but I think it's time to hit the pause button and explore what potential damage lies ahead.

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ausnos
May 22, 2018

A bizarre movie that kept my interest the entire way through! I liked it.

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Open_Sesame
Mar 13, 2018

"Her" is really, really, really, really awful. Really!

Morbidly funny.
Evidently in the future everyone has become a Hipster. The clothing, absolutely disgusting color combonations, and Joaquin Phoenix's offensive Molestache make this film almost difficult to watch. It is an assault on both the eyes and good taste.
Joaquin's character is timid, flavorless, and uninteresting. So, when the (oh, so inevitable) ending comes it is darkly satisfying to see him weep.
This is Her's only true redeeming quality.

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Ianandson
Dec 19, 2017

Very good, interesting, and digitally sweet.

Spoke Jonze's take on our present state of digital social media alienation. I found the first part of the movie hilarious. A snapshot of just how insulated, clueless, vain the young urban elite are. The second part of the film the director reveals ambitions much more grandiose than lampooning hipster ennui. Jonze poses a question, much as the filmmakers of THE LOBSTER do, regarding the inherent irrationality of the very foundation of civilization, the monogamous sexual relationship. At the same time he shines a light on the power of the surveillance state (hint: it's based on our infantile narcissism), not to mention the possibilities of an evolving artificial intelligence.

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britprincess1ajax
Feb 02, 2017

HER is weird but in a good way. I'm not a fan of Joaquin Phoenix. He seems to revel in the bizarre. However, HER is different but in a heartfelt way. I felt more in touch with this film than I expected. I don't necessarily agree with its premise but, in a world where machines and humans interact on a second-to-second basis, this film holds a grain of truth. How many of us are in love with our cell phones? Can't live without it? Well, HER just takes it to the next level. Redefining the idea that the heart wants what the heart wants, HER follows Theodore, a professional letter-writer going through a separation. One day, he purchases a new state-of-the-art operating system and finds himself growing more and more attached to it. Meanwhile, he watches the changing relationships around him: a colleague of his who falls in love with a lawyer juxtaposed with his good friend Amy who promptly decides to end her marriage. All these little pieces add up and comment in their own way on the human condition. At times funny but mostly serious, HER is a deep and complicated film about a simple universal theme: love. If you can get past its quirks, you'll likely enjoy this film. I recommend it.

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kcitan
Jan 05, 2017

Her was the kind of movie that I didn't like immediately after seeing it. It was just a little too strange. However, it haunted me and still does. The ideas are real, even if they are strange.

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Olivy
Jan 05, 2017

This is an amazing film that looks forward, perhaps just a few years to a time where (even more so than today) people have relationships with their electronics. In this case, an operating system is able to actually 'date' people due to artificial intelligence. The main character has relationship woes and although he is attempting to find a real woman to share life with, stumbles upon the almost perfect relationship with his operating system on his computer. I know it sounds crazy, but they do more than just pull it off with tremendous acting and directing. A cautionary tale whose time is now. After reading the comments below, I would advise this a film for thinkers and those curious about how electronics are taking on a more predominant role in our lives.

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britprincess1ajax
Feb 02, 2017

"Falling in love is a crazy thing to do. It's like a socially acceptable form of insanity."

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Monolith
Aug 16, 2014

Theodore: "Sometimes I think I have felt everything I'm ever gonna feel. And from here on out, I'm not gonna feel anything new. Just lesser versions of what I've already felt."

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jimg2000
Jul 14, 2014

Lyrics of featured song by
Karen O's The Moon Song

I'm lying on the moon
My dear, I'll be there soon
It's a quiet and starry place
Time's we're swallowed up
In space we're here a million miles away

There's things I wish I knew
There's no thing I'd keep from you
It's a dark and shiny place
But with you my dear
I'm safe and we're a million miles away

We’re lying on the moon
It’s a perfect afternoon
Your shadow follows me all day
Making sure that I'm
Okay and we’re a million miles away

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jimg2000
Jul 14, 2014

Pages of quotes in IMDb:

Theodore: Dear Catherine, I've been sitting here thinking about all the things I wanted to apologize to you for. All the pain we caused each other. Everything I put on you. Everything I needed you to be or needed you to say. I'm sorry for that. I'll always love you 'cause we grew up together and you helped make me who I am. I just wanted you to know there will be a piece of you in me always, and I'm grateful for that. Whatever someone you become, and wherever you are in the world, I'm sending you love. You're my friend to the end. Love, Theodore.

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maplesyrupp
Oct 09, 2018

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swilley
Oct 01, 2014

This DVD is broken and should be taken out of circulation. I was unable to view it.

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Ron@Ottawa
May 30, 2014

Sexual Content: Brief scene, in a man's fantasy, of a naked, pregnant woman engaging in suggestive acts.

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