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Generation of a Voice

by Ross Douthat
A review of Her

In Her, the fourth film from the self-consciously idiosyncratic director Spike Jonze, the artificial-intelligence revolution finally arrives — and instead of rapturing humanity into a Singularity or wiping us out Skynet-style, it just breaks our fragile, all-too-human hearts.

Her is set in an unspecified near-future Los Angeles, which is like our present except that its streets are cleaner, its public transportation more spacious, and its buildings somewhat more exotic-looking (Jonze cleverly used the Shanghai skyline as a backdrop). Also, high-waisted pants have made an unexpected fashion comeback.