Her

Her

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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A thought-provoking, wistful, and pretty movie about a near-future and what can happen when your O.S. becomes self-aware.


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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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gingin1972
Dec 23, 2016

Boring crap I was waiting for something to happen and it never did!

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Nooksack20
Nov 20, 2016

Perhaps the stupidest movie I have ever seen.

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Daveinportland
Oct 26, 2016

What a sad and depressing movie! But yet I still enjoyed it. It was quirky, but it reminded me a great deal of the love affair so many have with their phones and their various social media accounts.

Sadly, I think it was a premonition of our future.

JCLEdwardR Oct 11, 2016

This is an amazing film with so many layers. I encourage you to check out the "Videos" tab to dive deep in to Her's brilliance.

If you read comics and enjoyed this film then I think you would enjoy Alex + Ada as well.

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sharonej20
Mar 07, 2016

Really interesting movie, it shows how people can become attached to technology so much these days. It was kinda strange but all together it was a okay movie.

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Nursebob
Feb 11, 2016

Writer/director Spike Jonze’s bittersweet sci-fi romance is certainly slick, with a host of A-list actors and an ultra-hip smog-bound Shanghai standing in for a new and improved Los Angeles. The clever technological touches are nice too from tiny multi-purpose earplugs to vast cityscapes rendered surreal in shades of red and yellow. But, like "Bladerunner" on estrogen, it is essentially a weepy cyber-chick flick in which everyone, both meat and metal, takes turns breaking one another’s hearts and reciting deeply profound Hallmark cards while Arcade Fire croons softly in the background. Phoenix mopes and wrings his hands, Johansson’s voice alternately giggles and whines, and BFF and fellow outcast Amy Adams looks as if she’s trying to shake off a mouthful of sedatives. But if you twist your brain a few degrees you can still appreciate it as a deadpan satire on mankind’s increasing dependence on all those shiny WiFi gizmos that tell us when to get up, remind us to tie our shoelaces, and entertain us on the commute to work. Indeed, scenes of plugged-in pedestrians gesticulating wildly while carrying on animated conversations with their own downloaded companions is not such a far cry from today’s urban reality. Kind of makes you want to buy Siri a dozen roses, just in case.

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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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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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