RomanceDrama, Science Fiction


Director: Spike Jonze CastJoaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson, Amy Adams, Rooney Mara, Olivia Wilde, Chris Pratt, Matt Letscher, Brian Cox, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader

Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay (Spike Jonze)

Also Nominated For: Best Picture; Best Original Score; Best Original Song (Karen O & Spike Jonze for “The Moon Song”); Best Production Design

I First Saw In: 2013

Synopsis: A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

Did You Know? Samantha Morton was originally the voice of Samantha. She was present on the set with Joaquin Phoenix every day. After the filming wrapped and Spike Jonze started editing the movie, he felt like something was not right. With Morton’s blessing, he decided to recast the role and Scarlett Johansson was brought and replaced Morton, re-recording all the dialogue.

Quotables: SEXYKITTEN: Choke me with that dead cat!
SEXYKITTEN: That dead cat next to the bed! Choke me! Choke me with it! Oh!
THEODORE: Um…okay.

And now a Word from the Guise:
There isn’t anything about this movie that I don’t absolutely love. It’s refreshing and innovative, with aesthetically stunning cinematography and art direction.  People have become so connected with technology that we have disconnected entirely with each other. And this story of a man’s relationship with his operating system is so much more real and honest than any other romance I’ve ever seen. It maps an entire relationship from its exciting beginning to its devastating end. Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson break your heart and make you feel things.

Oscar Madness Ranking – ??? out of 233