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by Elysia Tsangarides (subscribe)
Writer, editor, marketer, book lover, foodie and believer that life shouldn't be anything but extraordinary.
Published January 20th 2014
her movie review

Ok, ok now listen up. Here is a movie you'll be talking about for days. It's funny, it's engaging, it's ridiculous, it's a love story and it's not that far fetched which makes it just a little bit creepy.

Starring Joaquin Phoenix and the sultry voice of Scarlett Johansson Her is a not too futuristic film about a society gone completely mobile and the lonely Theodore Twombly - great name (Phoenix), coming out of a rocky marriage who falls in love with his operating system. What? An operating system? Yes, you heard right, an operating system! It's Windows 7, add Siri add Google, add personal assistant, add girlfriend all tied up in the husky tones of Samantha (Johansson).

Of course in the slight future Los Angeles, it seems friendships and dating with operating systems are entirely acceptable. Who woulda thunk it! It brings a whole new meaning to online dating.

When my friend and I walked out of this film we were completely perplexed with questions, in fits of giggles and saying things like 'yeah but that could just about happen?' and 'but didn't they think about...?' Written and directed by Spike Jonze, Her is a film that keeps you thinking and extrapolating plot lines long after the credits roll.

Engaging, randomly hilarious and scary to think just what our increasingly anti-social, head-in-a-mobile-phone society could become in the next 10 or 20 years.

Oh, and one thing we just couldn't get past was the Harry-high-pants. You can't miss them. Everyone was wearing them! It seems in the year 2020-something, we'll all be Harry-high-pant wearing hipsters! Spread the word, let's get a head start! We'll also outsource our letter writing; we'll be far too busy for that of course ... dating our operating systems and such.

That said, there are moments in the film that are deeply profound. Those lightbulb moments that make you think 'wow, that's so right' and that gives such a soulful quality amid the silliness of it all. Like when Theodore's friend Amy (played by the adorable Amy Adams) says "I think everyone who falls in love is crazy. It's like a socially acceptable form of insanity".

Love the cast, love love love the script and love the editing of this soulful, crazy film.

Her is in cinemas now.
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Why? A love story with a difference. Not your average chick flick.
Where: In cinemas everywhere
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