We’ve been following along with the development of Spike Jonze’s next project for a while now, and with good reason. For one, it’s a new Spike Jonze movie, and that should be enough to get film geek blood pumping on its own. But when you factor in the cast that he’s compiled, which includes names like Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Amy Adams, Samantha Morton, and Olivia Wilde, well, it doesn’t take long before the anticipation hits a boiling point. There is one cloud of uncertainty that’s been hanging over the project’s head ever since it got announced, however, and that’s the fact that it has been sold as being a story about a man who falls in love with Siri. Yeah, the iPhone thing.
Well, today that uncertainty got a little less uncertain, as Indiewire did some digging on the Annapurna Pictures company website and found a synopsis for the upcoming film, which helps flesh the plot out beyond just the tagline of it being about an iPhone app. Said synopsis looks something (exactly) like this:
“In the not so distant future, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix), a lonely writer purchases a newly developed operating system designed to meet the user’s every needs. To Theodore’s surprise, a romantic relationship develops between him and his operating system. This unconventional love story blends science fiction and romance in a sweet tale that explores the nature of love and the ways that technology isolates and connects us all.”
So, the Siri tagline, while based in reality, is a little bit misleading. It now sounds less like this movie is going to be about a crazy person talking to the personal assistant on his phone, and more like a legitimate sci-fi film about the way humans and artificial intelligence might some day interact. And that line about the operating system being “designed to meet every user’s needs” might give us a hint why Jonze has added so many lovely and talented ladies to his cast. Could it be that the operating system in question changes her appearance and demeanor depending on what sort of a mood you’re in, or what your tastes are?
Maybe not, but the official title for the film that got dug up by The Film Stage also supports this crackpot theory. Apparently the film is now officially going by the simple and enigmatic title Her, which is a pronoun that can be applied to any member of the cuter and more fresh-smelling gender. Makes sense that it should refer to a computer program that can become any woman, no? And while it is a little bit simple and forgettable as far as movie titles go, at least it’s way better than that Al Pacino-starring computer movie they called S1m0ne. That was just embarrassing.