Sunday, January 12, 2014

Her: And Him

Joaquin Phoenix as Theodore Twombley in Her
It's the near future and Siri's grandchildren are the new, evolved operating systems. Theodore, a depressed, near-divorced young man is an early adapter. He calls his new OS Samantha.

Soon Samantha is doing more than sorting his emails and decluttering his hard drive. They enter a relationship. They're an item.

They'd even be considered soul mates — if she had a soul.

The ups and downs of their relationship will be familiar to anyone who's ventured into this sticky area of human experience. In fact, several men at the multiplex were laughing with each stage. Oh, they knew the drill.

Her is entertaining and wonderfully acted by Joquain Phoenix, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara and Scarlett Johansson as the voice of Samantha. But the Movie Slut thinks this flick is more than laughs. It has some interesting insights into what can go wrong when two people get together. And maybe even more important, what we can realistically expect when we hitch our stars to each other.

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