Pause for kids 15 & under
Graceful, strange romance with intense moments of sexuality.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Her is a beautiful, unusual romantic tale whose protagonist falls in love with a computer's voice, an offbeat coupling that may be difficult for younger viewers to comprehend. The film also takes on some mature themes, including the crumbling of a marriage and the mourning period that comes when a relationship breaks apart. Expect some swearing (including "f--k"), and scenes where a character has loud, enthusiastic sex with a voice. There's a bit of quick topless nudity and some sexy moments between adults.
- Families can talk about the relationship between Samantha and Theodore. How is their relationship similar to traditional couplings? How is it different? Is this kind of relationship really far-fetched?
- What might the film be trying to say about the nature of love? Is this a movie about technology, or something much more human, like relationships?
The good stuff
Messages: The movie's depiction of love is profound and moving, and shows us that love can happen in strange ways, not always when we're looking for it, and that it can change us deeply if we can be open to it.
Role models: Theodore may be dazed by his divorce and confused by his feelings for Samantha, but he nevertheless opens himself up to the experience. Also, he's a good friend and a writer who makes an effort at his craft, even if they're letters on behalf of, and for, others.
What to watch for
Violence: Contentious arguments between a couple shown in flashbacks.
Sex: Two instances where a man has a version of phone sex; pleasure is audible and extended. A woman straddles a man and kisses him. One image of a topless pregnant woman that becomes fodder for a sexual fantasy.
Language: Language throughout including: "d-ck," "a--hole," and "f--k."
Consumerism: Not applicable
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Social drinking among friends.
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Her by bern1509
Its hard to imagine the future and where technology is taking us...So you have this broken hearted man lonely after divorcing the love of his life and turns to an OS that can only deliver verbal communication for the entire film. If your n a fan of joakem Phoenix I don't recommend this film, it's him in an almost solo performance for two hours. Slowly paced but his performance was 100 percent and amy Adams never misses.
If nothing else I give it a b+.
Too long! by jblecker
Interesting concept, we'll acted but incessantly repetitive. I found it painful to sit there as I knew what the concept was and where the film was going and didn't care!
Think outside your physical and you Must GO see this by AngelaVB
This movie was fantastic. For those who say it was boring in the reviews have probably never examined how it is to be deeply in love with someone. Love goes beyond our physical beings. I do not understand people who would love and worship God (a higher being that we do not see in the flesh) but not embrace the idea of being in love with something that is foreign to what we know.
If you have ever been in love, you can see how this movie is a love story, not the simplicity of breaking it down to a man really into his computer. Its rather a story about finding love.
Adult content....not for kids, superb acting, cinematography is top notch.
Be open or stay closed.
A Work of Heartbreaking Beauty by rachelgraff
"Her" is perhaps the single most intriguing exploration of human relationships that I've ever seen. The premise of the film is simple: loner Theodore Twombly falls in love with his operating system. But the film's themes are far more complex. Theodore falls in love with Samantha's soul. Really and truly. The film addresses the hot debate of how the spread of technology affects the human experience, and "Her" raises the question, Is technology completely breaking Theodore away from reality or is it helping him get in touch with it? Jonze's story completely rethinks how the virtual can inspire life, and how the physical can drag us down.
I was initially taken aback by the amount of sexual content in the film, so I do not encourage it for young audiences, however, it takes a rare kind of story to engage the sort of reflection I experienced after seeing this film. It encourages reflection. I left the theater deeply feeling something, and I cannot do anything but encourage you to attend.
Ridiculous! by lwbaggett
Okay, I guess it's a satire about our e-culture? The dialogue was muttered most of the time and the plot was so utterly slow and boring that I went to sleep several times. The views of LA were lovely, however. Definitely not a kids' picture.
A 2hr Lifetime special written by a crying poet by firebirdude
I cannot believe this movie is getting the ratings that it is. I have no problem playing along with the whole "falling in love with an AI OS system". But it's two hours of two people speaking softly to each other. It's loaded with cliche artsy shots like the classic "steam coming from a manhole cover" while a piano plays slowly in the background. Give me a break. This movie is for a gaggle of 35 year old menstruating heartbroken women. An instant Lifetime movie channel classic. I would not sit through that movie again if you, literally, paid me.
Funny, Full of Soul, and Impacting by burgoso
The idea of the story at first sounds kind of lame, and creepy, but that fades away as you become enveloped in the movie. Enjoyable movie for a date. This is bound to be a classic!
Wait for Netflix by buschsteve
I did not want the time back but I sure did want the $23 back. It was just OK. When the best performance is from Scarlet Johansson as the computer voice, that says something about the rest of the movie.
It seemed like an update of "Electric Dreams" without the love triangle. Nothing original.
May Not Be for Everyone, But ... by BkRid1
My wife and I liked "Her," but the couple we went with, not so much. We liked the philosophical questions it got us thinking about. They wanted more action and one of them actually dozed off for a time. The director took a current trend, where it seems like everyone is glued to their mobile screens, and projected out into the future. What would it be like if we could REALLY interact with the operating system on our computer/phone? And what does it say about relationships ... of all kinds? What is love? Intimacy? One way I judge a movie is whether I'm still thinking about it the next day. "Her" is going to have me thinking about it for quite a while.
Too Long by leah860
The cinematography was great, the premise was good, the acting was well done - especially Scatlett J. But they could have shaved 30 minutes off this film and it would have been a lot better.