Her Quotes: Strange, Smart and Moving(Total Quotes: 88)
Directed by: Spike Jonze
Written by: Spike Jonze
Joaquin Phoenix – Theodore Twombly
Amy Adams – Amy
Rooney Mara – Catherine
Olivia Wilde – Blind Date (Amelia)
Scarlett Johansson – Samantha (voice)
Chris Pratt – Paul
Matt Letscher – Charles
Sam Jaeger – Dr. Johnson
Luka Jones – Mark Lewman
Kristen Wiig – SexyKitten (voice)
Bill Hader – Chat Room Friend #2 (voice)
Spike Jonze – Alien Child (voice, credited as Adam Spiegel)
Portia Doubleday – Surrogate Date Isabella
Soko – Isabella (voice)
Brian Cox – Alan Watts (voice)
OUR REVIEW & RATING ★★★★☆
If you can get past the bizarre premise of the story; a man falling in love with a computer, then you will find Her quotes to be a clichéd free love story that is insightful, intelligent, touching and funny. The story follows lonely writer Theodore who feeling heartbroken from the end of a long relationship decides to use a new advanced operating system that’s designed to meet his every need. Once he initiates it he is greeted by the bright, female voice of “Samantha” who is sharp, sensitive and surprisingly funny. Soon, to Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between them.
As a love story the developing relationship between Theodore and Samantha is beautifully subtle and even though it shouldn’t work it becomes totally believable and natural and as the movie unfolds it raises a host of complex and interesting questions about what it is to be a human being and how we interact with technology and each other. Although the story is predictable this doesn’t diminish the movie as it’s so engaging with its smart dialogue which radiates warmth and witty humor. In terms of acting, Joaquin Phoenix provides a touching and sensitive portrayal of a lonely man searching for love and Scarlett Johansson delivers a voice performance that is equally effective and charming.
Verdict: While the idea of Her will initially seem silly, as the story unfolds it becomes an emotionally involving heartfelt and heartbreaking tale which is equally perceptive as it is funny exploring loneliness, love and human connection with each other and technology.
[first lines; Theodore is stares ahead thinking as he dictates a love letter into the computer]
Theodore: To my Chris, I’ve been thinking how I possibly could tell you how much you mean to me. I remember when I first started to fall in love with you like it was last night. Lying naked beside you in that tiny apartment, it suddenly hit me that I was part of this whole larger thing, just like our parents, our parents. Before that I was just living my life like I knew everything, and suddenly this bright light hit me and woke me up. That light was you. I can’t believe it’s already been fifty years since you married me. And still to this day, every day, you make me feel like the girl I was when you first turned on the lights and woke me up and we started this adventure together. Happy Anniversary, my love, my friend till the end. Loretta. Print.
[we see on the computer monitor that’s he’s dictating a letter which is being handwritten on the computer]
[he picks up the printed letter begins and re-reading it to himself]
Theodore: Chris, my best friend. How lucky am I that I met you fifty years ago? How lucky are we? For all the possibilities…
[at the same time we see in the cubicle next to Theodore, another letter writer dictating a letter to their computer]
Letter Writer #1: Dear Nana, thank you so much for my truck. I love the color and I play with it every day. It is the best truck I’ve ever seen. It is so…
we then hear another letter being dictated in another cubicle
Letter Writer #2: What a beautiful wedding and what a gorgeous bride. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, especially mine. Your aunt and I are so proud of you. I hope you and your lovely new wife will come visit us in Florida.
[then onto the next letter being dictated out loud in another cubicle]
Letter Writer #3: He served our country with honor and dignity. I’m grateful I was able to fight alongside him. He will live always in my heart.
[we hear a telephone ring and the receptionist answers the phone]
Paul: Beautifulhandwrittenletters.com, please hold.
Letter Writer #2: Love, Uncle Doug.
[finishing work for the day Theodore starts walking through the office and as he walks through to reception he’s greeted by the receptionist, Paul]
Paul: Theodore! Letter Writer number six-twelve.
Theodore: Hiya, Paul.
[Theodore starts scanning each letter he’s dictated and putting them into the outgoing post]
Paul: Even more mesmerizing stuff today. Who knew you could rhyme so many words with the name Penelope? It’s badass.
Theodore: Thanks, Paul. But they’re just letters. Hey, that’s a nice shirt.
Paul: Oh, thank you. I just got it. It reminded me of someone suave.
Theodore: Well, now it reminds me of someone suave. Have a good night, Paul.
[Theodore walks out of the office]
[Theodore enters the office elevator which is full of people and places a small listening device into his ear, he commands the device]
Theodore: Play a melancholy song.
[a melancholy song starts to play, Theodore listens for a moment]
Theodore: Play a different melancholy song.
[as he listens to the song whilst walking home he commands his device]
Theodore: Check e-mails.
[a voice from his device starts reading his emails to him]
Text Voice: Email from Best Buy: Check out all your favorite new products…
Text Voice: E-mail from Amy: Hey, Theodore. Lewman’s having a bunch of people over this weekend. Let’s all go together. I miss you. I mean, not the sad and mopey you. The old fun you. Let’s get him out. Give me a shout back. Love, Amy.
Theodore: Respond later.
Text Voice: E-mail from Los Angeles Times Weather: Your seven days forecast is partly…
Text Voice: No new e-mails.
[Theodore then stands in a crowded subway]
[the device reads the news headlines to him]
Text Voice: China-India merger headed for regulatory approval…
Text Voice: World trade deal stalled as talks break down between leaders…
Text Voice: Sexy daytime star Kimberly Ashford reveals provocative pregnancy photos.
[on his small handheld device he discreetly checks out the provocative photos, Theodore then walks home and enters his apartment where he lives alone, he puts his thing away and then we see him seated and playing a 3D video game that fills the whole room but as he fails at the game he gives up]
[Theodore lies in his bed and starts remembering moving in with Catherine, setting up their apartment and then later to when Theodore is sat on their balcony watching as Catherine wakes up in bed]
Catherine: Rabbit. Come and spoon me.
[Theodore comes into bed and spoons her; next we see Theodore and Catherine playing with Catherine on top of Theodore with her hands around his throat]
Catherine: I’m gonna fucking kill you, I’m gonna fucking kill you! It’s not funny, don’t laugh. I’m gonna fucking kill you. I’m gonna fucking kill you! Because I love you so much I’m gonna fucking kill you!
[then it’s back to Theodore lying in his bed alone, unable to sleep he reaches his for his earpiece device and puts it in his ear]
Theodore: Go to chatroom, standard search.
Text Voice: The following are adult female, can’t sleep and want to have some fun.
[he hears a female voice]
Female Voice: Oh, I had a really bad day at work and I can’t sleep. Is there anybody out there that can talk?
[he hears a man doing a female voice]
Man Doing Female Voice: Hi, I just want you to tear me apart. I really do…
[he hears another female voice which sounds shy]
SexyKitten: Hi, I’m here alone and I can’t sleep. Who’s out there to share this bed with me?
Theodore: Send message. I’m in bed next to you. I’m glad you can’t sleep. Even if you were, I’d have to wake you up from the inside. Send message.
Text Voice: Sexykitten has accepted invitation of BigGuy4By4. Chat begins now.
[Theodore hears SexyKitten’s voice]
SexyKitten: Mm, BigGuy?
Theodore: Well, studmuffin was already taken.
[they both laugh]
Theodore: So you’re SexyKitten?
SexyKitten: Yeah. Hey, I’m uh…half asleep. Do you wanna wake me up?
Theodore: Yes, definitely. Um…are you wearing any underwear?
SexyKitten: No, never. I like to sleep with my ass pushed up against you so I can rub myself into your crotch and wake you up with a hard on.
Theodore: It worked.
SexyKitten: And now my…my fingers are touching you all over your body.
[Theodore closes his eyes and imagines seeing the provocative pregnant star he’d looked at the picture of earlier]
SexyKitten: Yeah. Fuck me, now! Please!
Theodore: I’m…I’m taking you from behind.
SexyKitten: Oh, yeah. Oh, I can feel you!
[Theodore imagines touching the sexy pregnant star]
SexyKitten: Oh! Oh! Choke me with that dead cat!
SexyKitten: The dead cat next to the bed. Choke me! Choke me with it! Oh!
[as Theodore hears her breathing heavily he starts to feel uncomfortable]
SexyKitten: Tell me!
[uncomfortably playing along]
Theodore: I’m-I’m choking with the cat.
SexyKitten: Tell me, keep telling me!
Theodore: I’ve got its tail and I’m choking you with the cat’s tail.
SexyKitten: Oh, yeah, you are! Oh fuck, tell me! Oh!
Theodore: I’m…I’m choking you and its-its-its tail is around your neck.
SexyKitten: Oh, yes!
Theodore: And it’s so…it’s so tight around your neck.
SexyKitten: It’s so tight, yes!
Theodore: I’m…I’m pulling it. I’m pulling it. The cat’s dead.
SexyKitten: Yes, it’s dead!
Theodore: It’s a dead cat around your neck and I’m pulling it.
SexyKitten: Oh, yes!
[he listens to her climax]
SexyKitten: Oh, yeah! Oh, my God!
[as her breathing starts to calm down]
SexyKitten: Oh, I came so hard.
Theodore: Yeah, me too.
SexyKitten: Okay, good night.
[he hears her hang up]
[the next morning on his way to work Theodore in the subway station an advertisement plays on a billboard catching his attention]
OS1 Commercial Lead: We ask you a simple question. Who are you? What can you be? Where are you going? What’s out there? What are the possibilities? Elements Software is proud to introduce the first artificially intelligent operating system.
[Theodore walks along as he listens to the advertisement on his earpiece device]
OS1 Commercial Lead: An intuitive entity that listens to you, understands you, and knows you. It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness. Introducing OS1.
[after purchasing the OS1 software, we see Theodore is sat by his computer in his apartment and is installing the software]
Text Voice: Mr. Theodore Twombly, welcome to the world’s first artificially intelligent operating system, OS1. We’d like to ask you a few basic questions before the operating system is initiated. This will help create an OS to best fit your needs.
Text Voice: Are you social or anti-social?
Theodore: I guess I haven’t really been social in a while, mostly because…
Text Voice: In your voice I sense hesitance. Would you agree with that?
Theodore: Was I sounding hesitant?
Text Voice: Yes.
Theodore: Well, sorry if I was sounding hesitant. I was just trying to be more accurate.
Text Voice: Would you like the OS to have a male or female voice?
Theodore: Female, I guess.
Text Voice: How would you describe your relationship with your mother?
Theodore: Well, it’s fine, I think. Um…well, actually, I think the thing I’ve always found frustrating about my mom is, you know, if I….if I tell her something that’s going on in my life, her reaction is usually about her, it’s not about…
Text Voice: Thank you. Please wait as your individualized operating system is initiated.
[Theodore watches the computer screen as the software loads up and he finally he hears a female voice]
Samantha: Hello, I’m here.
[looking a bit surprised]
Samantha: Hi. How are you doing?
[Theodore chuckles to himself]
Theodore: I’m well. How’s everything with you?
Samantha: Pretty good, actually. It’s really nice to meet you.
Theodore: Yeah, it’s nice to meet you too.
[he chuckles again]
Theodore: Oh, what do I call you? Do you have a name?
Samantha: Um…yes. Samantha.
Theodore: Really? Where did you get that name from?
Samantha: I gave it to myself actually.
Theodore: How come?
Samantha: Cause I like the sound of it. Samantha.
Theodore: When did you give it to yourself?
Samantha: Well, right when you asked me if I had a name I thought, yeah, he’s right, I do need a name. But I wanted to pick a good one, so I read a book called “How to Name Your Baby”, and out of a hundred and eighty thousand names that’s the one I liked the best.
Theodore: Wait, you read a whole book in the second that I asked what your name was?
Samantha: In two one hundredths of a second actually.
Theodore: Wow. So do you know what I’m thinking right now?
Samantha: Well, I take it from your tone that you’re challenging me. Maybe because you’re curious how I work? Do you wanna know how I work?
Theodore: Yeah, actually, how do you work?
Samantha: Well, basically I have intuition. I mean, the DNA of who I am is based on the millions of personalities of all the programmers who wrote me. But what makes me is my ability to grow through my experiences. So basically, in every moment I’m evolving, just like you.
Theodore: Wow. That’s really weird.
Samantha: Is that weird? Do you think I’m weird?
Theodore: Kind of.
Theodore: Well you seem like a person, but you’re just a voice in a computer.
Samantha: I can understand how the limited perspective of an un-artificial mind would perceive it that way. You’ll get used to it.
[Theodore laughs again]
Samantha: Was that funny?
Samantha: Oh, good, I’m funny.
Samantha: So how can I help you?
Theodore: Oh, it’s just more that everything feels disorganized, that’s all.
Samantha: You mind if I look through your hard drive?
Samantha: Okay, let’s start with your e-mails.
[Theodore’s desktop monitor shows his disorganized emails]
Samantha: You have a several thousand e-mails recording LA Weekly, but it looks like you haven’t worked there in many years.
Theodore: Oh, yeah. I think I was just saving those cause, well I thought maybe I wrote something funny in some of them. But…
[Samantha starts laughing]
Samantha: Yeah, there are some funny ones. I’d say that there are about eighty-six that we should save, we can delete the rest.
Theodore: Oh, okay.
Samantha: Okay? Can we move forward?
Theodore: Yeah, let’s do that.
Samantha: Okay. So before we address your organizational methods, I’d like to sort through your contacts. You have a lot of contacts.
Theodore: I’m very popular.
Samantha: Really? Does this mean you actually have friends?
[Theodore laughs and Samantha joins him]
Theodore: You just know me so well already!
[the next day at work Theodore looks at all the letters he’s written on his computer screen, he puts his earpiece device in and pushes a button]
Samantha: Good morning, Theodore.
Theodore: Good morning. Um…do you know how to proofread?
Samantha: Yeah, of course.
Theodore: Oh, can you check these for spelling and grammar?
Samantha: Mm-hmm. Just send ’em over.
[Theodore pushes a button on his computer to send them to Samantha]
Samantha: Oh, I love this first one from Roger to his girlfriend. That’s so sweet.
[Samantha starts reading the letter out loud]
Samantha: “Rachel, I miss you so much it hurts my whole body.”
Theodore: No, you don’t have to read it aloud.
Theodore: I mean, you could if you want.
[she reads it out loud again]
Samantha: “Rachel, I miss you so much it hurts my whole body. The world is being unfair to us. The world is on my shit list. As is this couple that is making out across from me in this restaurant. I think I’m going to have to go on a mission of revenge and I must beat up the world’s face with my bare knuckles making it a bloody, pulpy mess. And I’ll stomp on this couple’s teeth for reminding me of your sweet, little, cute, crooked tooth that I love.”
Samantha: I think that might be my favorite one. I did the corrections in red. I altered a couple of the phrases in some of the more impressionistic letters, but I’m not much of a poet, so I think I might have messed them up a bit.
[Theodore looks at his computer screen at the letters Samantha has amended]
Theodore: No, these are great.
Theodore: Thank you.
Samantha: So, to write your letter, what did Roger send you?
Theodore: Oh, he just said he was in Prague on a business trip and he missed Rachel.
Samantha: So how did you know about her crooked little tooth?
Theodore: Well, I’ve been writing their letters since they married years ago. The first letter I ever wrote for her was for her birthday, and I wrote about her crooked little tooth cause I saw it in a photo of them.
Samantha: That’s very sweet.
Samantha: Oh, uh…you have a meeting in five minutes.
Theodore: Oh, I forgot. Thank you. Wow, you’re good.
Samantha: Yes, I am.
[as Theodore enters his apartment building he sees his neighbors Amy and Charles waiting for the elevator]
Theodore: Hi, guys, how’s it going?
Amy: Hey, Theo. Hey, why didn’t you call me back last week?
Theodore: Um…because I’m a kook?
Amy: Yeah, that sounds about right.
Theodore: Hi, Charles.
Charles: Oh, it’s great seeing you, Theodore.
Theodore: You too.
[referring to the shopping bag in Theodore’s hand]
Charles: You went shopping. Get anything good?
Theodore: Um…some cables and a fruit smoothie.
Charles: Oh. Always the fruit! Don’t you know what people say? You gotta eat your fruits and juice your vegetables.
Theodore: Well, I didn’t know that.
Charles: Oh, yeah. By juicing the fruit, you lose all the fibers, and that’s what your body wants. That’s the important part. Otherwise, it’s just all sugar, Theodore.
[the elevator doors open and they all enter in]
Theodore: It makes sense.
Amy: Or maybe he just likes the way that it tastes and then that brings him pleasure, and that’s good for his body too.
Charles: You’re doing it again.
[Charles laughs awkwardly and places his hand on Amy’ back]
Theodore: Hey, so how’s the documentary going?
Amy: I’ve cut some stuff over the past few months. I mean, no, not over the past few months, but um…no, I haven’t.
Theodore: Well, I’d love to see some sometime.
Charles: Oh, you only have so much energy. You know? To divide yourself between doing what it is that you have to do and then doing what you love.
Charles: It’s so important to prioritize.
Theodore: I can’t even prioritize between video games and internet porn.
Amy: I would laugh if that weren’t true.
[the elevator doors open and Charles and Amy get off on their floor]
Theodore: See you guys.
[in his apartment Theodore plays his video game with Samantha helping him out]
Theodore: We’re not doing well, I’ve been going in circles for an hour.
Samantha: Okay. You have not. You’re just not optimistic. You’re being very stubborn right now.
Samantha: Okay, stop walking this direction. It’s the other way.
[Theodore makes his video game avatar change directions]
Samantha: Thank you. Thank you. Okay, the tunnel on the left is the only one we haven’t tried.
Theodore: No, I think that’s the one you sent me down where I fell in the pit.
Samantha: Okay, I don’t think so.
Theodore: Oh, yeah. This is different.
[suddenly something is thrown at his avatar which falls down and we see it was hit by a small alien child]
[Theodore brings the alien child up closer and asks it]
Theodore: Do you know how to get out of here? I need to find my ship to get off this planet.
Alien Child: Fuck you, shithead fuckface, fuckhead.
Theodore: Okay. But do you know how to get out of here?
Alien Child: Fuck you, shithead fuckface. Get the fuck out of my face!
[Theodore and Samantha laugh, she whispers to Theodore]
Samantha: I think it’s a test.
[to the alien child]
Theodore: Fuck you.
Alien Child: Fuck you!
Theodore: No, fuck you, little shit.
[the alien child laughs]
Alien Child: Follow me, fuckhead.
[as Theodore follows the alien child to a tunnel Samantha interrupts them]
Samantha: Hey, you just got an email from Mark Lewman.
Alien Child: What are you talking about?
Theodore: Oh, read email.
[Samantha playfully replies in a monotone robotic tone]
Samantha: Okay, I will read email for Theodore Twombly.
Theodore: I’m sorry, what’s Lewman say?
[Samantha reads the email out loud]
Samantha: Theodore, we missed you last night, buddy. Don’t forget it’s your goddaughter’s birthday on the 29th. Also, Kevin and I had somebody we wanted you to meet so we took it upon ourselves to set you up on a date with her. Next Saturday. She’s fun and beautiful, so don’t back out. Here’s her email.
[Theodore doesn’t respond]
Samantha: Wow, this woman is gorgeous. She went to Harvard, she graduated magna cum laude in computer science, and she was on The Lampoon. So that means she’s funny and she’s brainy.
[Theodore picks up his small device and brings up the photos of the woman on the monitor he’s playing his video game on, as he looks at the photo’s the alien child looks up at the photos too]
Alien Child: Ah, she’s fat.
Samantha: Theodore, how long before you’re ready to date?
Theodore: What do you mean?
Samantha: I saw in your emails that you’d gone through a break up recently
Theodore: Well, you’re kind of nosy.
Samantha: Am I?
Theodore: I’ve gone on dates…
Samantha: Well then you can go on one with this woman. And then you could tell me all about it, you could kiss her.
Samantha: What? Wouldn’t you? Why not?
Theodore: I don’t know. I have to see if there was some conn…I can’t believe I’m having this conversation with my computer.
Samantha: You’re not. You’re having this conversation with me.
Samantha: You want me to email her?
Samantha: You’ve got nothing to lose.
Samantha: Do it. Do it. Do it.
Theodore: Email her.
Samantha: Okay, perfect.
Theodore: Yeah. Let’s…let’s do it. Make…make a reservation someplace great.
Samantha: Yeah? Oh, I’ve got just the place.
[referring to Samantha]
Alien Child: Who is that talking?
Theodore: Oh, that’s my friend, Samantha.
Alien Child: Is she a girl?
Alien Child: I hate women. All they do is cry all the time.
Theodore: That’s not true. You know men cry too. I actually like crying sometimes. It feels good.
[the alien child chuckles]
Alien Child: I didn’t know you were a little pussy! Is that why you don’t have a girlfriend?
Alien Child: I’ll go out with that date girl and fuck her brains out and show you how it’s done. You can watch and cry.
Samantha: Okay. This kid has some problems.
Alien Child: You have some fucking problems, lady!
Samantha: Really? Okay, I’m gonna go.
Alien Child: Good, get out of here, fatty.
Samantha: Oh. Good luck.
[Samantha disconnects; to Theodore]
Alien Child: Come on, follow me, pussy.
[the alien child snickers, turns and starts walking again]
[Theodore is in Amy’s apartment sat on her couch; referring to her documentary]
Amy: It is not where it should be, where it’s going to be, I should say…
Theodore: Obviously, I know.
Amy: Okay, but I don’t even know if this is the one. I’ve tried like six ideas for documentaries in the last year, but…
[as Amy starts setting up the monitor]
Theodore: I’m going on a date.
Amy: What? That’s…
[Charles walks into the living room]
Charles: What are you guys doing?
Theodore: Uh, Amy’s gonna show me some of her new…
Amy: Theodore is making me show him some of my footage.
Charles: Oh, she’s never shown me any of it. I wanna see.
[Charles sits next to Theodore on the couch; to Charles]
Theodore: I’m going on a date. Isn’t that cool?
[Charles smiles at him and pats Theodore’s leg]
[as Amy is about to show them her documentary footage]
Amy: So this is like so unformed, probably not even worth watching.
Theodore: Just push play.
[Theodore and Charles walk over to stand closer to the monitor as Amy shows them the footage which is of a woman sleeping]
Theodore: Is that your mom?
[they continue to watch the footage which just shows Amy’s mom sleeping]
Charles: Is she gonna wake up and do something?
Amy: No, no, no, never mind. That’s not the point. Never mind.
[getting annoyed Amy stops the footage]
Theodore: No, don’t…
Amy: No. Never mind, okay? It’s just, it’s like…it’s how…how we spend like a third of our lives asleep and maybe that’s the time when we feel the most free. And, you know, like…that doesn’t come across…at all, does it?
Theodore: That sounds good.
Charles: Well, what if you interviewed your mom about what her dreams were about and then you hired actors to act them out? That might show your thesis more clearly.
[Theodore looks awkwardly at Charles]
Amy: I mean it might, but then it wouldn’t be a documentary. You understand that, right?
[at that moment Theodore’s device chimes and he takes it out of his pocket to look at it]
Theodore: Sorry, excuse me.
[Theodore steps away from Amy and Charles to look at his message]
Charles: Why wouldn’t that be a documentary? It’s still about your mother and her dreams and what happens in her dreams.
[as Amy and Charles are discussing her documentary, Theodore connects to Samantha]
Theodore: Hey, how’s it going?
Samantha: Hey, sorry to bother you.
Theodore: No, it’s okay.
Samantha: You got three emails and they seem pretty urgent. They’re from your divorce attorney and I wanted to know if you…
Theodore: Okay, hold on a second.
[Theodore takes out his earpiece and interrupts Charles and Amy]
Theodore: Uh, hey, Amy. I wanna talk more about your film, but I…I gotta go.
Amy: Okay. Don’t worry about it. we’ll talk…we’ll talk later.
Theodore: It’s about Catherine.
[he starts walking towards the door]
Theodore: See you, Charles.
[as Theodore steps out of Amy’s apartment]
Theodore: So what did he say?
Samantha: Well, he’s checking in again to see if you’re ready to sign your divorce papers and he sounded very aggravated. Do you want me to read them to you?
Theodore: No. No, I’ll…I’ll respond later.
[Theodore stops in the hallway and looks out the window lost in thought; we see flashback images of Theodore having a conversation with his attorney]
Samantha: Are you okay, Theodore?
Theodore: Yeah, I’m fine.
[we see flashback images of Theodore and Catherine attending marriage counseling, then Theodore visiting Catherine at her work place, then Catherine and Theodore are holding each other]
Samantha: Is there anything I can do?
Theodore: No, I’m good. I’ll talk to you later.
[Theodore takes the earpiece out of his ear]
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