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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:
Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 2 hours 6 minutes
Starring Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson
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 Amy Adams, Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson
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

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Thomas on 21 Mar. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Spoiler alert meter: 3/10

Set in the not too distant future, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix, well known for Brother Bear) is a lonely writer looking for love. He's been through a divorce with his wife, Catherine (Rooney Mara, well known for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and things have been becoming worse. Theodore is becoming more isolated day after day, nobody to turn to. After seeing an advertising campaign, Theodore decided to buy a ground-breaking operating system - here we meet Samantha (Scarlett Johansson, well known for Lucy), the voice-only technological assistant who has a very different way of looking at the world. He quickly bonds with this OS as it slowly starts to shape his life and who he is today...

Please note: Whilst watching the movie, I cried. I've never cried in a movie ever before, the screenplay and dialogue are truly phenomenal - this film deserves way more recognition and awards than it got. I would recommend anyone to go and see this and I hope you feel the same way I did after the movie, speechless (I even clapped at my TV because I thought it was that good.).

Overall Rating 9.5/10. Here's why?

+Great Screenplay
+They've defined the next generation of SF movies
+Joaquin Phoenix definitely stands out in this movie
-Not for everyone. But for me, this is jaw-dropping.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Call me Al TOP 1000 REVIEWER 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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36 of 42 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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22 of 26 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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