Her | Chicago Reader


As a grammarian, I commend Spike Jonze for using the objective case to name his comedy Her, because this futuristic tale, about a man who falls in love with his computer's artificially intelligent operating system, is preoccupied with the old subject-object relationship. The subject is Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely bachelor in a sterile cityscape of the near future; his bland, bespectacled face, lit by icy blue eyes and bisected by a cheesy Tom Selleck moustache, fills the screen in gigantic close-ups. My own reaction to the movie was strongly subjective; it didn't do much for me though it was well made and obviously would be a big zeitgeist favorite. With its story of a man giving in to digital solipsism, Her clearly captures the tenor of the times. But for me the ultimate test is whether a movie also transcends them. Read more.



  • Spike Jonze


  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Amy Adams
  • Scarlett Johansson
  • Rooney Mara
  • Chris Pratt
  • Olivia Wilde
  • Matt Letscher
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Adam Spiegel
  • Portia Doubleday
  • Soko
  • Brian Cox


  • Megan Ellison
  • Spike Jonze
  • Vincent Landay
  • Daniel Lupi
  • Natalie Farrey
  • Chelsea Barnard

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