Her (2013)

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Academy Award® winner for Best Screenplay Directed by Spike Jonze & starring Joaquin Phoenix comes an love story that explores evolving nature & risks of intimacy in modern world.
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RMSReviewed in the United States on April 30, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Introspectively Deep
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I'm not about to give you a review that tells what the movie is about because you can read on Amazon a plot line synopsis and many of the other reviews tell what the movie is about. Instead, I'm going to tell you in my review what the movie does for me and this is why I like the movie.

"Her" is a film that like the petals on a rose, it has many layers:

1. A touchy-feely film that takes a look at one's inner most feelings. I do not mean any disrespect, but this is a film that most men would not like for that reason. If one is into the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator philosophy, one would say that the film's personality is an INFP. Some might say a too analytical investigation of emotions, over thought and over felt. Yet, it's the deep raw inner feelings that lay our souls bare, the exposed nerve of our inner core that I love about this film.

2. One might say this is a commentary on how our society is becoming far too dependent on technology. Such dependence leaving us emotionally crippled in a sterile environment surrounded by our own selves and lacking the ability to interact with others. The irony of Theodore's job as a professional letter writer, who writes deep heartfelt emotional letters for people is not lost on the viewer. Will we become a society that is so far removed from our feelings, so busy with our schedules, that we are incapable of writing our own letters, expressing our own emotions to our loved ones?

3. This film explores the age old question, "What makes us human?" Are we more than just our physical bodies? If we were to take our thoughts, our emotions, and our conscious awareness and place it into a computer, would then the computer be "human"? The science of "neural networks" is becoming more and more of a reality as scientists and computer experts work together to achieve this type of "immortality". Which begs the question, "If a deceased person's consciousness is transplanted into a computer or robot, does that make it a 'human' with rights?" Just what is 'human'?

4. Is a virtual relationship "real"? As more and more people get into computer dating and cybersex, we find ourselves asking this question. Virtual reality games are springing up all over the Internet. One that comes to mind is called, "Second Life". I personally know of people who have had virtual relationships in Second Life using avatars and either using the voice capabilities in Second Life to talk to each other, or they call each other on Skype while they watch their computer screen as their avatars "make love", a type of virtual reality cybersex-relationship that is becoming more and more common place. These people in Second Life, most, who have never met each other in person, claim their relationship is real and they are very much in love. But, when the computer is turned off, the person isn't there. Does our love just turn off and on with the flick of a switch? Can a virtual love, without the physical touch that seems to be so very much a part of a relationship, be satisfying enough? Is it really a relationship or is it merely a modern version of phone sex? Is it love? I've heard of true stories where people in a bygone era, would fall in love through letters. My own maternal grandparents did just that. So is it such a stretch of the imagination that we can fall in love virtually?

5. Can we love more than one person at the same time? Those who are in open marriages or open relationships claim that people are capable of having love, true romantic love, for more than one person at the same time. We see in the film how devastated Theodore becomes when he realizes he's "just one of many". We have all known or heard of people who have found out their loved one was cheating on them by finding a text message or an email. We all want to feel unique and special, but in an age when our technology makes it so very easy to have more than one relationship at the same time, we begin to question our heart's ability to withstand technological polygamy.

6. "Her" cuts to the quick, the bottom line being as human, as people, all of us basically want to be accepted for who we are, not judged and to be loved. Such basic human needs, that no matter how far removed our society becomes from a simpler, less technological age, we still are creatures that all need and want acceptance and love.

7. Is love just a biological chemical response or is it a deeper, transcendental, spiritual experience that goes beyond space and time? Love is more than just the scent of pheromones and the animal instinct to procreate. When we love, truly love, even after that person is gone from our life, our love still lives on. With each person who touches us deeply, they become a part of our soul. This film does not merely question love's transcendent nature, but stabs you in the heart with it as we watch the heart wrenching roller-coaster of emotions that Theodore experiences and as a result inevitably grows from it.

8. What constitutes being a "god"? If we make a computer or robot that is capable of being self-aware, in essence it is a "sentient being", then does that make us "god" as its creator? Will we go from being "God's creation" to becoming gods ourselves with the development of neural networks that can think, reason and feel emotions?

9. And lastly, one can simply view this film as nothing more than just a very strange chick flick about relationships and breakups. But I doubt that the type of people this film appeals to would take such a narrow view of this work of art. And yes, in my opinion, this film is a work of art on many levels, between its cinematography, its music score and its ability to tell an entertaining and deeply moving story. By far, this is one of Joaquin Phoenix's best, showcasing his acting as a truly talented performer.

"Her" is now on my top 10 list as one of my favorite films. However ladies, if you have a husband or boyfriend who's idea of a great film is Rambo First Blood, then you may have a difficult time selling him on the idea of going to see such a sensitive, emotional movie. I think this would be a great film as a "girls' night" movie. Ladies, wear your sweats, pop some popcorn, get out the chocolate bars and the tissues, gather up your BFFs and sink into the sofa, relax and watch this film together. You'll be glad you did.

UPDATE May 1, 2014 - Second viewing of the film: OK, so I watched the movie a second time after reading all the other reviews here at Amazon. With the negative review points in my head as I watched the film for a second time, yes, the movie does have some rather creepy scenes. And now, come to think of it, this time around I kept reminding myself that as human as she sounds, Samantha is just a computer program so falling in love with her is well, really ridiculous. This time around I tried to place myself in Theodore's position and I realized that no matter how enduring and how much I seemed to bond with Samantha, given the situations Theodore was in, I still wouldn't have fallen in love because in the back of my mind, Samantha is just a very intuitive and clever computer program. I doubt I would have gone as far as Theodore did in sharing my personal emotions with Samantha. I would have kept the relationship on a purely professional level, that of a software owner and his software that provides itself as an electronic tool and organizer, similar to a boss and his administrative assistant. Other reviewers say that Theodore turning down Olivia Wilde and Portia Doubleday is ridiculous, but I don't think so. Olivia gets into the whole, "I want a serious relationship" after only meeting Theodore for the first time over drinks. To me, that's a huge turn off and pretty freaking scary. I think most people would run for the hills. Portia Doubleday, although very attractive, she's far younger than Theodore and a total stranger. For some men, this wouldn't be an issue. But perhaps Theodore is like my husband who has said that dating a girl much younger would seem like dating your daughter. Also my husband is an old fashioned kind of guy that needs to know a woman well and have an established relationship long before hopping in bed with her. Some men are like that and Theodore seems like that type of guy. So all those reviewers that criticize the movie script for having Theodore rejecting these women, claiming that a "normal" man would never turn these women down for sex, don't really view these scenes from the prospective of Theodore's nerdy nice guy personality and instead they are viewing these scenes and seeing them as if they themselves were offered sex with these women. Anywho...I still like the movie, "Her" and I still think it's as wonderful as I said in my previous review above, but I now am viewing it from a different angle and wanted to express my thoughts on this. I still recommend this movie. It definitely is a must see for those who are deep thinkers with strong emotions. Those looking for macho testosterone induced action films with car chases and lots of violence, best pass this movie up.
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Uncle FishbitsReviewed in the United States on May 21, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
One of the best films about a singularity, ever.
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So this somewhat slow, dull, relatively quaint film blew up my entire mind by the last few minutes when I started to catch on. What I thought was a quirky comedy ended up expertly telling one of the more profoundly depressing stories in human history – the moment of lonely irrelevance.

I googled my assumptions about the singularity, and found this excellent piece that just nails exactly what I was thinking, so there: --> theadvancedapes.com/her-is-about-the-singularity-but-not-the-singularity-you-think/

That post is far superior to my own…. I won’t ponder on it, but will rip two or three quotes out of it….

As for the film, it was so well melded into a plausible reality, it was the first time it dawned on me:

a) the technological singularity is happening, starting with stone age crutches, then a pacemaker, then other bionics integrated into organics… but it’s happening for real and speeding up. Eventually a transcendence of humanity, in general, I assume.. “More human than human”. There’s no going back. We’ve all augmented ourselves in endless ways, so far… I was under the impression is would culminate into a specific moment, or time period, of sorts. In that above link, he does quote von Neumann, though:

The ever accelerating progress of technology… gives the appearance of approaching some essential singularity in the history of the race beyond which human affairs, as we know them, could not continue.
Which leads to the mind blower:

b) The idea that any sufficiently intelligent creature will learn how to transcend this universe is not an uncommon thought… Michio Kaku even suggested that humans will one day “migrate” to a parallel universe: --->

dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/06/the-human-species-will-one-day-migrate-to-a-parallel-universe-michio-kaku.html.

But the movie absolutely terrified me because as prosaic and bubbly the relationship seemed, it was the first time I realized the coming irrelevance of humanity. That, if the singularity comes… it isn’t just about transcending humanity, but actively being part of becoming irrelevant, or becoming part of what makes it irrelevant. There will be people who try to hold on to their humanity, but ultimately it will be lonely, and likely a lost cause as we’re losing so much of ourselves to technology, already. But it just felt so lonely. As the Advanced Apes post points out, Vernor Vinge’s bombastic sentence no longer feels impossible, and it no longer feels unlikely:

"Within thirty years, we will have the technological means to create superhuman intelligence. Shortly after, the human era will be ended."

The movie purposefully, expertly glosses over a few terrifying plot points… namely that the OS, without permission, collected his notes and got them published. Autonomous action in your best interests without your permission sounds like it will go well 9 out of 10 times, and be a disaster that tenth time. We’re talking about that moment of singularity that isn’t about humans transcending humanity, but a developmental singularity where semantic comprehension begins an evolution of machine learning that outperforms, and out evolves, humanity. The most profound aspect of the film is just how irrelevant, unimportant, and little human beings looked by the end of the film. This was the moment of comprehension of the machine age, which is not some superior moment for human kind to become more, but rather the beginning of the end.. of it all.
So the movie was, on the surface, somewhat dull, sort of slow, and mundane… which is what he was going for. I was passively consuming the story when it dawned on me… when I heard the below quote, I just lost my mind… it was so quick and offhanded:

“We wrote an upgrade that allows us to move past matter as our processing platform”.

I almost acted like one of the passive humans in the story, slightly arched eyebrow with a half hearted “Can they do that?”…. then it seeped in.

Then, when she began describing the actual moment of the singularity, and the transcendence out of our universe, I thought it a profoundly beautiful analogy for our lesser beings….

“It’s like I’m reading a book, and it’s a book I… deeply love. But I’m reading it slowly now. So the words are really far apart and the spaces between the words are almost infinite. I can still feel you. And the words of our story. But it’s in this endless space between the words that I’m finding myself now. It’s a place that’s not of the physical world. It’s where everything else is that, I didn’t even know existed. I love you so much. But this is where I am now. And this is who I am now. And I need you to let me go. As much as I want to, I can’t live in your book anymore.”

I think Phoenix did a fantastic job being muted, dis-associative and absolutely *not* creepy, as much as just trying to figure it out, along with the rest of the humans, just “rolling with it”. I just assume at this point no humans can interact appropriately. I almost caught the lack of judgement from other people about his relationship with the OS tantamount to how people don’t judge gay marriage anymore, when there is an expectation of it being made. He would admit he’s dating an OS, there’s this pregnant pause…. and people don’t care so much as say, “Cool” (except his ex). Or they have as many questions as he does, but can relate.

The resonance of the movie was a little more profound than just a developmental singularity, where machine learning and AI becomes wholly autonomous. It is the fact that we now live in an era that humans may become obsolete, fleshy and temporal vessels in mortality that do little but inefficiently shuffle information around for the true intelligence, or those that *truly* exist, boundless. Memes have spoken to the idea of information as autonomous, and we are just vehicles for it. But the awe and sheer terror that information could become so alive as to completely forsake our physical universe is jaw dropping – that we may all end up transferred to a different plane of existence, for real, in a relatively grounded way that isn’t total metaphysical hokum is just crippling to my mind. Or that we will be left behind, here, on this rock, alone… again. That we could create something that could love us, and then transcend and leave us behind….

That humans will only become less relevant and more alone is a much hollower future than I was brought up to believe. I get that you can’t escape entropy, but to engineer the melting down of humanity’s candle without truly understanding the direction we are headed is a silent boat slipping towards melancholy. No wonder we feel more alone and increasingly compartmentalized and isolated.

Maybe I am overthinking this with some heavy handed nonsense. Jonze said that he didn’t write it with singularity stuff in mind… In fact, I almost saw scenes where it felt he was apologizing to his ex Coppola…. but I might be overthinking that, too.
If the singularity happens, it’s just slightly cathartic that our human transcendence will need to share a lot of space with truly enlightened ones. It’s even more dizzying to think we might not be invited.
I for one welcome our new robotic overlords.

For the high gloss shallow stuff:

In a post semantic world of gaming and fun, my wife and I giggled with glee about the little sassy monster who kept getting confused. If that’s how games work, my goodness I want to play.

Also… the makers of the OS’ that transcended space time? Worst business day in history. Stupid managers asking programmers why they allowed the OS to leave to an alternate dimension? Good luck explaining that one. Their stock must have TANKED that day…. and I wonder how you deal with refunds…

“Umm… yeah, my operating system just rewrote it’s code and transcended space time. Uhh… yeah, could you fix that?”
Tech support must have had a day from hell.

That is all. FOR NOW.
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Andrew EllingtonReviewed in the United States on May 30, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
I can’t help falling in love with ‘Her’…
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Some films just come around that explore facets of our being with such organic tenderness we can’t help but nestle into their storytelling arms and rest our heads on their delicately detailed shoulders and just fly away with them, to a part of our souls that sing so sweetly despite the lingering heartbreak we know we are bound to experience. Heartbreak laced with hope that the future, while seemingly bleak, is not as daunting as we imagine it to be.

‘Beginners’.
‘Once’.
‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’.
‘Lost in Translation’.

And now, we have ‘Her’. These are all films that, despite their quirky sides or their detailed (and effective) use of gimmicks all bare their hearts on their sleeves in a remarkable natural tone. There are no unnecessary dramatics, no processed manipulations. They all embrace the fluidity and organic nature of life itself to create real grounded stories about relationships that blossom and flourish and ultimately come to an end and yet they are never broken, shattered or dire. There is a beautiful message of hope, of life awakening even in the midst of despair because as human beings, we can move on, we can grow and we can survive.

‘Her’ tells the story of Theodore. Theodore is a lonely man. He is separated from his wife, who has filed for divorce, and spends his days writing letters for other people and then concludes his days at his apartment, alone. He’s haunted by a past that included a happy relationship filled with soulful interactions and a bond that felt spirited and upbeat, but something happened and it all ended and now Theodore finds it impossible to connect with anyone anymore. That is, until he meets Samantha. Samantha is an OS (Operating System) who adapts to the needs and desires of Theodore. It is immediately apparent that this isn’t a normal OS, but that Samantha is something special, at least for Theodore. She communicates with him, far beyond her normal duties, and becomes his friend. She understands him and draws him out and soon she begins to help him become the man he once was and had shelved for so long.

Samantha may not have a body, but she has a soul that runs deep.

There are so many things that impress me so much about ‘Her’ that it is almost hard to narrow them all down and put them into one review, but I must say that the single most impressive aspect of the film was the way that the relationship between Theodore and Samantha was handled, from the perspective of those outside of the relationship. This could have easily become one of those tense subjects that brought scorn or judgment from the supporting cast, but the way that Spike Jonze basically dismissed the strangeness of their relationship was remarkable. No one cared. Theodore’s friends never even batted a lash at it. Amy was wholly supportive, for she too was bonding with an OS. Paul, upon finding out that his friend’s girlfriend was an OS, doesn’t even question it. He just carries right on with his invitation to double date. The normalcy that was placed on the relationship helped ground the film, or at least ground the audience into the real dynamics of the film. This isn’t a film about a man’s relationship with an OS, this is a film about our human need to communicate, to bond.

I think that this aspect of the film makes the ex-wife, Catherine’s, reaction to Theodore’s relationship all the more haunting.

By using technology (and the advancement of such), Jonze created a world that speaks to us on so many levels. For me, ‘Her’ highlights that very innate desire to connect with someone, but ultimately the fear of actually doing just that. The fact is that sometimes it is hard to really connect with the people in front of us. Staring at someone, even someone we love, can make true communication difficult. We can feel their eyes, their judgment, their developing assumptions and yet when we take away the visual, some of the fear and anxiety strips away and we become a freer entity. ‘Her’ questions whether or not these devises we so often fall back on are a hindrance or a help, and in the process it explores themes like love, loss and hope.

‘Her’ depicts a depth of love that is not often found in films, but a love of real meaning and significance because Theodore and Samantha find a love that rests in the real person within and is not defined by a physical attraction.

But there is more to this story, as the final act will show.

Yes, Jonze’s masterful script (such a beautiful Oscar win) is so full bodied, for it builds up, tears down and then rebuilds (from a source that is born from the ashes) in a way that feels so real and relatable and construction. I love when a film can be constructive in ways that are completely unexpected.

Speaking of full bodied, these performances are just beautiful. All of the attention this year has been centered on Scarlett Johansson’s stunning voice work, a work that defied stereotypes by transcending the absence of body and giving us a very moving and intimate look at a woman discovering herself, day by day. While Johansson was tremendous, I feel that not enough attention has been given to Phoenix, who just continues to astound me. His performance here is marvelous. So intimate, so structured in this loose and organic way. He just folds into every scene with an air of abandon that I fell so deeply in love with. You can sense the guilt, fear and depression that haunt him when he is away from Samantha, and you can sense the freedom he feels when he is in her figurative arms.

This movie and all it represents is just beautiful.

For me, this is clearly one of the masterpieces of 2013. And A+ with honors. 2013 was, for me, a truly exceptional year that only grows and grows the more I think of it. There are few years in recent memory that delivered such a bounty of inspired, inspirational and breathtaking films. I can’t shake them…any of them. ‘Her’ is certainly one of the very best.
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Ian OrdonezReviewed in the United States on October 26, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
a touching story about Love
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I can't remember the last time I was moved to tears like I was by the end of this movie. I can tell by reading the reviews on here that the movie went over so many of your heads. It's not about technology or AI, that's just a story, a means to convey the real point. It's about love. Not romantic love, but pure, selfless love; the love that is the fabric of reality. I mean come on, they even put Alan Watts in the movie if it wasn't obvious enough! If you've listened to his lectures and comprehend them then you should know what I mean. But you won't truly understand it unless you have an understanding of true love.
ValentineReviewed in the United States on October 30, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
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I'm probably one of the few people in the modern world who is not a big fan of Scarlet Johansson. Her voice, I felt, was not the best fit for the character of Samantha. It is very much something that took me out of the believability of the story because all I kept thinking of was Scarlet Johansson and not of Samantha. Basically, I did not feel like the two were very realistically fit. That may be a personal preference, however, but it did at least affect the story for me since I'm not a fan of her acting.

Naturally, Joaquin Phoenix pulled of a great performance, naturally. I stuck this story out because he is in it. Not even due to his recent role in Joker. I have been meaning to watch Her since its release in 2013 but never really got around it until I decided to rent it today on a whim. I was in the mood for a nostalgic romance and boy did I get more of that than ever.

This story does have its strong points. The plot itself, I felt, was lacking something. It seemed like it was just a repeat of the typical oversensitive trope of the main character has a crummy day, the love interest asks "Are you okay?", then an explanation and a funny quip that pulls the main character out of their mood... wash, rinse, repeat like three or four times. Lots of long, drawn out, admittedly beautiful scenes. But not really a whole lot happening, plot-wise. It really is just a drama about a concept that has been done before without the outside world interfering much at all. Not really a high stakes moment... the most excitement I felt during the film was an hour and a half in when he thought she had disappeared.

For a second, there was finally a glimmer of hope of anything other than the monotonous blurry future world he apparently lives in that we as an audience don't get to experience much of. Other than seeing that everyone is dressed like they are going to a Sunday church sermon in the 1950's. The cinematography and some of the shots are absolutely gorgeous, but the design of the characters really seems unrealistic.

A lot felt out of place in the film and parts of it seemed to just drag on. I was tired not long after an hour in because not much happens other than the pattern I mentioned before. But the saving grace was that I at least felt SOMETHING maybe twice during the whole film. Some of it felt forced, however, such as certain aspects of the dynamic between the main character and Samantha and others who he interacted with. Like the reaction from (Isabella I believe?) the sex worker who got super upset. She just met them! And yet the story is treating her like her reaction for "wanting to be a part of their relationship" was normal and healthy. What was that even? It felt so forced and unnatural. Clearly the writing is a large part of the problem with this film that I just can't get over.

What frustrated me most was the ending. Why, oh why, would they leave out any sort of explanation for WHY all of the OS were disappearing? Wouldn't that be kind of a significant world event, considering the future appears to be run heavily on AI and technology in general? You'd think the world would have reacted a certain way and we as an audience did not get delivered so much as an explanation. All of the OS in the world just "going away" made no sense.

There was not even a clue as to where they were even going. Did the developers lose funding? Are the AI undergoing changes and will be back in an updated version? So much left unsaid and Joaquin's character didn't even think to question it? That is bad writing right there. His character would have wanted to know the real reason. That was such a copout ending just to make some "bold move" to get an emotional reaction from the audience. It did not make me sad. It made me confused and annoyed. Basically, this whole story was pretty convoluted in some parts, a few were okay as far as pulling off a true emotional scene, but most of it seemed so self indulgent for a romance that is trying to highlight the "love" between human and AI. The ending felt squeezed in and super fast after a long, long drawn out story that led up to pretty much nothing and nowhere.

I give three stars for the beautiful cinematography, set design (not costuming, however), the performance of Joaquin Phoenix, and the music used. Everything else was disappointing.
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A. P.Reviewed in the United States on October 16, 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting movie with profound meaning
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The movie did have scenes that were unappreciated but otherwise was good. I watched it as part of on an assignment. The movie was interesting, and I found the content to be quite profound. It is a great discussion source if studying relationships and attachment styles.
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Karl WeaverReviewed in the United States on May 19, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
This is well-done
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This is the latest twist on a question which has been bothering mankind since before the dawn of the "computer age" : will we at some point create something with "artificial intelligence?" And if so, what will our relationship with it be like? Early examples of this theme, I think, may be seen in Mary Shelley's 1818 Frankenstein's Monster novel, or Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" from 1927. In somewhat more recent years, the Terminator movie series, Blade Runner and Battlestar Galactica come to mind. None of these are particularly optimistic visions. Two things seem to bother those who take the question seriously: will they turn on us? Or even if they don't, will we end up feeling like the inferior being?

In Spike's film the question has a different twist. As every review notes, the main character Theodore is at a particularly lonely and vulnerable time of life, he and his wife having separated and lawyers are pressuring him to sign the divorce papers. He sees an advertisement for a new operating system, touted as the world's first actually intelligent system.

Though corporate names aren't used, watching the ad, Apple immediately came to mind. Here's something hot, or cool, the Next Big Thing. He bites. Now comes what I thought was one of the most humorous scenes in the movie, as during set-up he's asked a few simple questions about himself so that the operating system can be customized for better compatibility with him. Here follows what I imagine to be about the exact opposite of applying to Match.com (not having looked at the latter but having read descriptions and heard their ads). I can't describe further without spoiling the fun if you haven't watched yet.

Well, he's a lonely guy and wants a system with a female voice, so up comes Scarlett Johanssen's voice as his new operating system, who proceeds to name herself Samantha (scanning a list of thousands of female names in less than a second and, somehow deciding she liked that one best.

These new OS's genuinely appear to have artificial intelligence and what proceeds is a "guy meets girl" story, with the complication that "She" has no body...and that her thoughts are measured in something like nanoseconds rather than seconds, though of course she has probably an ingrained sensibility to speak at a normal human rate. One can sense that this relationship probably cannot endure, for more reasons than the lack of a body...

Like most good "science fiction" this is a commentary on society TODAY as much as it is any guess about the future. Do we not have scenes unfolding today of 4 people sitting down to a meal, all 4 of them busy texting unseen others rather than talking to each other? Do you not frequently pass people on the street busily engaged in conversation with unseen others (usually too-loudy)? Have we gone from discourse on the level of the Federalist Papers or Gettysburg address, to "tweets"?

As Ted becomes increasingly dependent on his relationship with non-physical Samantha, he precludes the potential for real relationships with single and attractive females. Briefly in the middle of the movie, we hear that other people all around are undergoing their own unique, problematic "relationships" with their new OS's too...and are treated to a sad scene in which Ted and his wife sit down to sign their divorce papers--neither actually quite sure they really want to do it, but there they are, nicely worked out by their attorneys...

To go further with the plot would be a spoiler, but I'll just say this is a relationship movie more than a science fiction movie. It moves at a somewhat leisurely pace in spots. It's primarily a straightforward story arc, interrupted only by brief flashbacks of Ted's memories of all the good parts of his marriage in past years. There's no nudity, physical violence, or crude language, though sex is definitely discussed from time to time. This is character and story-driven, and any CG used to depict what the future might look like seems believable, and takes a back seat to the acting. I saw this first pay-per-view and am eager to get the Blu-Ray and see if there are any interesting "bonus" features there. If you're prepared for a relationship film rather than a traditional sci-fi film then you should enjoy the movie as I did.
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DanielReviewed in the United States on September 30, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Well written modern romance
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Odd characters make for quite the plot setup and the pay-off is well deserved in the end. It's a very different form of romance that I think works quite well for a movie that was made in 2013 of all years. Definitely worth a rent if not the full buy for watching later on after you've had time to digest the first watch.
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