Five Plot Point Breakdowns - her (2013)

Five Plot Point Breakdowns - her (2013)

her (2013)

Screenplay Genre: Drama / Romance / Sci-Fi

Movie Time: 126 min


1.Inciting Incident

In the midst of a divorce, and spending his lonely nights with some late night internet chats, Theodore comes across an ad that perhaps can bring order into his life:

Soulful Older Male Voice: We ask you a simple question. Who are you? Who can you be? Where are you going? What’s out there? What are the possibilities? Elements Software is proud to introduce the first artificially intelligent operating system.

CLOSE ON: Theodore listening intently.

Soulful Older Male Voice (Cont’d): An intuitive entity that listens to you, understands you, and knows you. It’s not just an operating system, it’s a consciousness. Introducing OS ONE – a life changing experience, creating new possibilities.

The ad starts over. (00:10:04)


2.Lock In (End of Act One)

The divorce lawyers continue to push Theodore to sign the divorce papers. However, not ready for this part of his life to come to an end, he wonders where things went wrong with the two:

Theodore sits at his desk trying to write. He’s still unsettled.

Theodore: “Dear Grandma, I hope you had a wonderful birthday cruise. Why are you so fucking angry at me?” (beat) Delete. (00:25:27)


3.First Culmination (Midpoint)

Theodore has made a deep connection with Samantha, his OS ONE. She has brought life back to Theodore. However, he sees that his close friend, Amy, is now going through her own problems:

Theodore: I’ve been seeing this girl. It’s not serious, it just feels good to be around someone who has an excitement about the world. You know I kind of forgot that existed.

Amy: That’s really great, Theo.

Amy smiles, but looks a little sad. Theodore notices.

Theodore: Hey, are you okay?

Amy: Yeah, I’m fine. (beat) Actually no, I’m not fine at all.

Theodore: Amy, what is it? What’s wrong?

The door opens. She steps outside and holds the door.

Amy: (trying to hide her emotions with a smile) Charles and I split up. (00:52:40)

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