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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

Starring:
Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 6 minutes
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams
Director Spike Jonze
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 23 June 2014
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English
Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 6 minutes
Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams
Director Spike Jonze
Genres Comedy, Romance
Studio ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO
Rental release 23 June 2014
Main languages English
Subtitles English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan Jones on 17 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
This is an exceptional film set in the near future which explores the nature of human relationships in a world increasingly dominated by technology. I hesitate to label it a SF film since the level of technology used is only slightly advanced to that in use today. Joaquin Phoenix gives a superbly subtle and understated performance as Theodore Twombly, a melancholy man grieving for the failure of his marriage. Unable or unwilling to start another relationship he purchases a talking operating system with artificial intelligence (Samantha) designed to adapt and evolve, and much to his delight and surprise begins to connect with the programme. The conversations between man and machine have a Woody Allen-esque feel and as their relationship develops Theodore begins to attain a level of self-awareness which is almost cathartic in nature. The storytelling is beautifully paced with a wry humour running through it, laced with a tender sadness. The thoughtful intelligent ending is both beguiling and intriguing as we are left to contemplate what our brave new virtual and human worlds may look like in the future.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Bernardette Lugner TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 20 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD
In a near-future mega-city, we meet Theodore Twombly and his acquaintances. They live in a sort of slackers' paradise where, in spite of their trivial occupations, they have lovely casual clothes, great cosmetic dentistry, and inhabit large, luxurious apartments. Joaquin Phoenix is totally believable as Twombly, whose little job is writing love letters for other people. Like the few people he knows face-to-face, he is most concerned about his "personal growth", and relationships are disposable when they no longer serve that selfish goal. He is unsettled by real contact, and we go with him on an incredibly hot blind date which is more than he can stand.

But when Twombly casually installs an artificial intelligence on his computer, he really falls in love with it - and it falls in love with him. Scarlett Johanssen as the AI, with her voice alone, is his lover, friend, and obsession. She learns how to interact most effectively with her human, and part of that turns out to make her even colder and more self-obsessed than the humans. There's a shock in store for Twombly and us.

Jonze conjures up a superficially beautiful way to live, then exposes the loneliness of it. This is a film that sucks you into its world if you will just relax and enjoy the quiet pace of the plot, the convincing acting and the occasional surprise.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nichola Thorpe on 25 Feb. 2014
Format: DVD
Theodore Twombly is lonely. This may as well be written in capital letters on the very first scene. He writes love letters for other people (the website he works for is called BeautifulHandwrittenLetters.com, perhaps poking playful fun at the way modern society commodifies EVERYTHING) but, as we are told through flashbacks, has lost his own wife because of his emotional distance. When we meet him, he is drifting through life, having phone sex with strangers (some VERY odd ones, too) and, as he puts it, struggling to prioritise between video games and internet porn. When he sees an add for OS1, a sentient operating system, it seems natural to purchase it; he's in search of a friend with no questions asked.

Theodore is a likeable protagonist from the off; something about his awkwardness will strike a chord with anybody who's ever felt like an outsider. There was stiff competition for the Oscars this year, but it's a real shame Phoenix didn't make the cut for Best Actor; his masterclass in subtlety really deserves the recognition. Despite the loosely sci-fi premise, he never overdoes it on the emotion, but that's not to say he's emotionless. Despite the relatively heavy questions being asked during the movie, he remains relatively light, delivering witty replies with ease and never being encumbered by the themes. But it takes two to tango, and Scarlett Johansson's rich, husky voice really helps her add personality to an incredibly challenging role; after all, most of acting is in the facial expressions, the gestures, the movements made, and she managed to deliver a memorable and moving performance using her voice alone. Theodore - and us, too, by proxy - know that Samantha is just a sophisticated piece of programming code, but we buy into the illusion as happily as he does.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2014
Format: DVD
*This review is for the film*

Directed by Spike Jonze (Adaptation, Being John Malkovich), 'Her' is a timely post-modern love story set in the not too distant future.

This is Jonze's first film written and directed completely from his own original script; and testament to his talent it is perhaps his best to date. The film is quite simply sumptuous in its entirety. But this is no single handed achievement for it also represents Joaquin Phoenix's (The Master, Walk the Line) most personal performance too. All set to a backdrop of vivid colour (Hoyte Van Hoytema, Cinematography) and delicate audio (Owen Pallett, Soundtrack).

Thematically the film is concerned with technology, specifically it's development and intrusion into our daily lives and habits. It can be said that (in a move that is already apparent in today's world) this technology is contradictorily disconnecting us from our actual lives culminating in isolation and loneliness. And yet our innate yearning for spiritual connection persists.

Intimately portrayed by Phoenix, 'Theodore' has made most of his journey already allowing the film to dedicate its time to his relationship with his new operating system, 'OS1', affectionately personified by Scarlett Johansson (
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