“Her” “Really Changed Me” Says Friend Who Won’t Shut Up about “Her”

19 Jan

EVANSTON, IL – At 6:50 PM Saturday, your friend saw the film Her, and, since his time of viewing the movie, has, quite literally, not stopped talking to you about how you need to see it.

Her Spike Jonze Love Story

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“No, dude, you don’t understand, it’s very powerful,” your friend remarked to you late Saturday evening. “It’s honestly the most intimate love story I think I’ve ever seen.  Like, maybe more so than Eternal Sunshine.  No, I’m serious.”

Her, written and directed by the same guy who co-created a show where coke addicts willingly got kicked in the crotch for your entertainment, is, as far as you can tell, about a guy who falls in love with his iPhone.  You also noticed that the chick who played Mark Wahlberg’s wife in The Fighter is in it, and, you postulate, she’s probably pretty good in whatever role she’s playing.

The film has received acclaim critically, commercially, and from your friend, who just this morning texted you, reminding you to, if you have the chance, see it as soon as you possibly can.

“It changed me dude you won’t regret it,” your friend said over text message. “I know you like deep movies so I don’t see why you wouldn’t like this one.”

This marks the third year in a row your friend has incessantly pestered you to see a film he really really likes around Oscar season.  Last year, at his unrelenting behest, you saw Les Misérables, a movie that is approximately 8 hours long and features musical numbers sang by the guy from Gladiator; and the year before last year, he obsessively bothered you about Midnight in Paris, a movie directed by a 78-year old man who is married to his stepdaughter.

68 Responses to ““Her” “Really Changed Me” Says Friend Who Won’t Shut Up about “Her””

  1. Anon January 19, 2014 at 7:54 pm #

    The amount of commas used in this article hurts me.

    • Doobster418 January 25, 2014 at 10:07 am #

      I think it had just the right amount of commas.

    • Lorraine January 26, 2014 at 11:15 am #

      You’re overly sensitive! : )

    • Trifocal January 26, 2014 at 12:42 pm #

      Well up to a point: but surely- when everything is taken into consideration- you can’t really have too much (far less, far too much) punctuation!

    • mujeresdemiciudad January 26, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      si, pero es un articulo muy interesante!

    • Debra Kolkka January 27, 2014 at 3:24 am #

      I think you mean the number of commas.

    • Jon Ronquillo January 28, 2014 at 12:10 am #

      who gives fuck about the (oxford) comma?

      • Jon Ronquillo January 28, 2014 at 12:13 am #

        ******who gives a fuck about the (oxford) comma?

  2. allthoughtswork January 25, 2014 at 10:36 am #

    Commas are like chocolate chips, only boring people skimp.

    When a movie about a human being falling in love with a machine programmed by human beings makes a lot of other human beings get all moist and sniffly, I think it’s high time we sit a lot of human beings down and tell them the truth: unplug your damned devices and go outside. You know, where realty is streaming real, live human beings.

    • dentaleggs January 25, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Nice piece!

      • allthoughtswork January 25, 2014 at 3:37 pm #

        Thanks. That should have said “reality.” I have plenty of commas and not enough I’s.

      • dentaleggs January 25, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

        Commas are lovely. Cute and squishy. Keep using them. They’re wonderful.

    • storyofsaskia January 28, 2014 at 8:36 am #

      But I can watch reality on my tv can’t I? :0 ;0

      • allthoughtswork January 28, 2014 at 8:42 am #

        You are exactly the type of person they made those shows for.

  3. By Design January 25, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    Commas? Really…

  4. psychodoodle January 25, 2014 at 11:29 am #

    Hmm.. Just watched the trailer. Seems a bit depressing but just might watch it..

  5. manypops January 25, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    This was really funny!

  6. welat1101 January 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    sohbet helo thank you

    • Lorraine January 26, 2014 at 11:22 am #

      I feel so much better when I see other people’s typos..
      Signed: The Typo-ist

  7. andreeaim January 25, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Very funny article – well written!

  8. Yousaf Khan January 25, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    I can’t stop laughing at the truth behind this!

  9. Aetherice January 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm #

    It’s also kind of interesting how the male character falls in love with his computer, but the female character merely becomes best buddies with hers. Is it a reflection of the male’s narcissistic psyche (the computer is personalised to work as cohesively as possible with the user’s personality), or simply an act of homophobia? Or perhaps I am looking much too deeply into this?

    • fireandair January 25, 2014 at 5:41 pm #

      Almost every movie ever written is about a male’s narcissistic psyche. More or less.

    • philldotcom February 6, 2014 at 8:52 am #

      I don’t think you’re wrong in looking deeply into the movie. It’s a love story between a man and technology, there may be a deeply seeded meaning behind it.

      It could plainly show that men can love just as intimately as women and that we’re not all as cold as one may think. He may be in love with his A.I partner but love is love.

  10. kathleencoco January 25, 2014 at 4:17 pm #


  11. trailertrashdeluxe January 25, 2014 at 4:58 pm #

    This post, though not long enough (only because I liked it and I am starved for entertainment on a Saturday), had the perfect number of commas. It was also quite hilarious. The only way I would ever watch a movie where a guy falls in love with his cell phone would be under threat of violence, or, perhaps, if someone I wanted to be romantically involved with (which for me would be a 40-60 year old woman of at least marginal attractiveness) would drag me to it. Or if I were dropped on my head too many times.

  12. gabriel james stoutimore January 25, 2014 at 6:54 pm #

    honestly, i have said similar things.

  13. anonymous3422 January 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    the sex scene in this movie was ridiculous. Siri has a vagina too, who knew.

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  16. aissatou2012 January 25, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

    Enjoyed. Amazing how people are so concerned with comma usage. Those who are writers, perhaps stream of conscious or formally poets comprehend, accept and read for the contents. Those who are anal retentive, left-brained or frustrated English Teachers/Professors, or those who wish they had the power to red pen the world with corrections are those for whom commas are as painful as a brand new piece of white chalk and an old fashion black or green chalkboard with a sadistic teacher smiling and ready to create cringe!

  17. The Philosophunculist January 25, 2014 at 10:46 pm #

    Why, are, people, concerned, with, the, amount, of, commas, used, here?

    • GoosBall January 25, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

      May be they have nothing to do. it’s weekend isn’t it.

  18. GoosBall January 25, 2014 at 11:20 pm #

    Good post.
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

    I didn’t know about Woody Allen being married to her step-daughter. Gross.

  19. mcbarlow5 January 26, 2014 at 2:04 am #

    Love the descriptions of Jackass and Woody Allen, as well as the comma usage. Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  20. qrparker January 26, 2014 at 3:08 am #

    There is more punctuation in this 300-word blog post than the entirety of a Cormac McCarthy novel.

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  22. Jessica January 26, 2014 at 5:50 am #

    I’ve just watched the trailer… Studying computing science and knowing how programmes work, I couldn’t help finding the plot stupid

  23. cra1130 January 26, 2014 at 7:01 am #

    This movie is so first world male problems.

  24. javidkarimi January 26, 2014 at 7:12 am #

    Reblogged this on javidkarimi and commented:
    فیلم her

  25. Lorraine January 26, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    He had sex with his iphone? GULP!

  26. Skinnyminny January 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm #

    Lol you’re hilarious, great little article. The commas are fine, no trouble at all reading them over here. Go see the movie for your friend! 😉

  27. Gabriella January 26, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Haha I love this. Great article and congrats on getting Freshly Pressed! PS. I love your use of commas.

  28. Lolly January 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

    I find the concept of this movie a little disturbing lol The dude needs therapy.

  29. treejam January 26, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

    Your friends sounds like me.

  30. sgarboden89 January 26, 2014 at 7:48 pm #

    Mind blown after this movie!

  31. Justin Meckes January 26, 2014 at 8:59 pm #

    Maybe you could just listen to Joaquin Phoenix and Terry Gross. It’s a compromise. He talks about this movie.

  32. godtisx January 26, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    Lol. Funny Post…

  33. wholemebestme January 26, 2014 at 10:20 pm #

    My bf took me to this movie yesterday. I hadn’t heard of it before and didn’t look at any synopsis before viewing. I was surprised we were the only people laughing at many points throughout the film…

  34. Laxman Prajapati January 26, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

    Nice post 🙂

  35. maesprose January 26, 2014 at 11:52 pm #

    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed. Hadn’t expected the “fresh” replies did you? Considered seeing the movie and now will – because of your friend no doubt!

  36. successinindustrry January 27, 2014 at 3:04 am #

    good blog

  37. samborni January 27, 2014 at 4:56 am #

    Reading this made me realise that I was one of those friends sending out text messages telling people to see this movie! Wrote about it on my own blog and loved reading about it on yours. Also ignore the cynical comma commenting, it reads perfectly well!

  38. Maureen Refior January 27, 2014 at 7:46 am #

    Um…your friend’s taste in movies tends to suck. I wouldn’t bother with “Her,” I thought it was atrocious. And so was “Midnight in Paris.”

  39. katherinejlegry January 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm #

    I have no idea why anyone noticed or got hung up on the commas in this article. Maybe they should consider if they actually have something of value to say before replying. That would be helpful to us all. The movie review through a friend’s reaction and recommendation was really funny and deftly done! It makes me want to see the movie, when normally I would have skipped it, to observe what your friend was moved by and what caused you a certain measure of sarcasm and tolerance. Thanks for making me laugh!

  40. anitakay9 January 27, 2014 at 2:08 pm #

    Reblogged this on anitakay9.

  41. teleskier12 January 27, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    Commas are fine. That being said, I don’t get all the hoopla about a man falling in love with his iPhone. Sounds pretty pathetic. However, it’s getting rave reviews. Maybe I’m missing something. I’m sure I am. Life changing? Your friend needs help.

  42. meganregalado January 27, 2014 at 11:29 pm #

    I am that friend. Uh oh.

  43. shelb077 January 28, 2014 at 8:07 am #

    So…I felt that I had to go see this film immediately while reading this post until I got to the last paragraph. I hated the other 2 films your friend suggested therefore I will wait to see Her on cable. Lol. Thanks.

    • katherinejlegry January 28, 2014 at 11:28 am #

      first, I think your reply is hilarious… and I understand not needing to see this movie on the big screen for many reasons, but Joaquin Phoenix is always worth a look to see what oddity he will portray next. It’s not so much the movies he’s in, as it’s him. He got so into his Johhny Cash role that he didn’t separate from it immediately and continued to sing in clubs. People didn’t know if it was for publicity or if he was nuts. I imagine he may very well have fallen in love with his phone. In any case the quirky actor amuses me… Ann Hathaway in Les Miserables Does NOT.

      • shelb077 January 28, 2014 at 11:31 am #

        You’re right….Joaquin Phoenix is awesome and I absolutely loved Walk The Line. One of my all time favs! So I’ll take your advice on Her. Lemme know when u see it! Lol

  44. Samantha Jayne January 29, 2014 at 5:01 am #

    I really wanted to like this movie, I am usually the friend you are referring to and usually into those ‘deep’ movies. The trailer, soundtrack and visuals were stunning but there was just something about it. I have no idea why but I couldn’t even finish it. Maybe I’ll try again, or maybe I’ll just look up all the deep quotes on google and then let it be.

  45. sudiptabq January 30, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    I both like your post and your punctuation. I will not be watching this movie. I agree with the guy who said, “turn off your devices and go outside!”

  46. Gloria Zhu January 31, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    It’s possible that this post made me actually want to see the movie.

  47. allwordseos February 2, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Reblogged this on allwordseoblogs and commented:
    This is a nice drama film. It really touched viewers and a great performance the leading actor

  48. booboojing February 9, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Halfway through ‘HER’ on a mundane Sunday afternoon. Shalt endeavor to finish it soon.

    Found the protagonist quite self-absorbing.

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