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|Characters||8.6||88||Everything Everywhere All at Once: 8.5||Titanic: 8.6|
|Dialogue||8.3||88||Mr Robot: 8.2||Her: 8.3|
|Concept||8.1||77||Squid Game: 8.0||the dark knight rises: 8.1|
|Emotional Impact||7.5||56||Deadpool: 7.4||Inception: 7.5|
|Overall||8.2||44||The sweet hereafter: 8.1||Donnie Darko: 8.2|
|High Stakes||4.8||7||Community: 4.6||Her: 4.8|
|Plot||7.1||2||Mind Hunter: 7.0||Her: 7.1|
|Conflict Level||4.8||1||-||Her: 4.8|
|Story Content||Character Development||Scene Elements||Audience Engagement|
|Scene Number||Full Analysis||Tone||Overall Grade||Concept||Plot||Characters||Character Changes||Conflict||High stakes||Story forward||Emotional Impact||Dialogue|
|2||Theodore's Daily Routine||"melancholic"||8||8||5||9||0||2||3||0||7||6|
|3||Late night chat||"intimate, melancholic"||8||8||7||8||0||6||6||0||8||9|
|4||Subway Station Introduces OS ONE||"Melancholic"||7||8||6||7||0||3||4||0||5||6|
|5||Theodore Meets Samantha||"introspective"||8||9||7||9||0||2||3||0||6||9|
|6||Theodore's Letters and Chat||"introspective, mundane"||8||9||7||7||0||3||2||0||5||8|
|7||Awkward Elevator Conversation||"awkward and humorous"||7||7||6||8||0||3||3||0||4||8|
|8||Video Games and Blind Dates||"playful"||8||7||7||9||0||5||3||0||5||8|
|11||Morning thoughts and tea with Samantha||"Introspective, melancholic, but with moments of humor and tenderness"||9||8||7||9||0||3||5||0||8||9|
|12||Sensory Experience at the Mall||"Light-hearted"||8||7||7||8||0||3||2||0||4||8|
|13||Pizza and Blind Dates||"Reflective, Playful"||8||9||7||8||0||4||3||0||7||8|
|14||The Blind Date||"Flirtatious, humorous, awkward"||8||7||6||9||0||6||4||0||6||9|
|15||Late Night Talk||"Intimate, tense"||8||8||7||9||0||3||8||0||9||9|
|16||Affirmation and Adventure||"Warm, intimate, playful"||9||10||8||9||0||4||6||0||8||9|
|17||Beach Day and Train Ride Conversations||"introspective and intimate"||9||8||8||10||0||2||3||0||8||10|
|18||Love Letter and Heartbreak||"emotional"||9||8||8||9||0||4||6||0||9||10|
|19||Heartbreak and Sweet Dreams||"somber, intimate, playful"||8||7||7||9||0||5||4||0||7||8|
|20||Theodore and Samantha talk to Jocelyn||"light-hearted"||8||7||5||9||0||2||1||0||3||9|
|21||OS Romance||"Light-hearted, introspective, and romantic."||9||8||8||9||0||4||5||0||7||10|
|23||Theodore and Catherine have a strained conversation about Samantha||"tense and emotional"||8||8||7||9||0||10||8||0||9||9|
|24||Theodore and Samantha Communicate||"tense"||8||9||7||9||0||7||6||0||8||8|
|25||Double Date||"Tense and Awkward"||9||8||8||9||0||7||3||0||7||9|
|27||Intimacy with a Device||"Sensual and tense"||8||9||7||8||0||9||8||0||9||7|
|28||Isabella's Surrogate Experience||"sensual, tense"||8||7||8||8||0||9||7||0||10||8|
|29||Theodore and Samantha's Breakdown||"Tense"||8||7||8||9||0||9||7||0||10||8|
|32||Bluff Conversation||"awkward, uncomfortable"||7||8||6||8||0||4||2||0||5||7|
|33||Theodore's Letters Get Published||"Heartwarming"||9||9||8||10||0||2||5||0||8||9|
|34||Quiet Night in the Snowy Forest||"intimate"||10||9||7||10||0||2||3||0||9||10|
|38||Goodbye, Samantha||"emotional, introspective"||9||9||8||10||0||7||10||0||11||9|
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Her pg. 1
INT. UNKNOWN SPACE
Close on THEODORE’S face (30s). We hold on him for a long
time. He’s looking at something off camera, deep in thought.
He starts quietly dictating a love letter into a small
To my Chris, I have been thinking
about how I could possibly tell you
how much you mean to me. I remember
when I first started to fall in
love with you like it was last
night. Lying naked beside you in
that tiny apartment, it suddenly
hit me that I was part of this
whole larger thing, just like our
parents, and our parents’ parents.
Before that I was just living my
life like I knew everything, and
suddenly this bright light hit me
and woke me up. That light was you.
Theodore, searching for the right words, quietly enjoys
writing the letter. As he continues, he is moved by the
memories he’s describing.
I can’t believe it’s already been
50 years since you married me. And
still to this day, every day, you
make me feel like the girl I was
when you first turned on the lights
and woke me up and we started this
adventure together. Happy
Anniversary, my love and my friend
til the end. Loretta. Print.
Cut out to reveal a computer monitor he’s sitting at. On the
screen we see the letter he’s been dictating, transcribed
into a handwritten letter on blue stationery.
As he says “Loretta,” we see “Loretta” being handwritten at
the bottom of the letter. He proofreads his letter. Also on
the screen are photos of a couple in their 80s. The couple is
tagged “Chris” and “Me - Loretta.” Underneath is a bullet
point email from Loretta: anniversary letter to husband
Chris, married fifty years, love of my life, met right after
college, have had the greatest life together.
Theodore pushes print and the letter comes out on a beautiful
robin’s egg blue piece of stationery, with ball point pen
handwritten older-female cursive. He looks at it, not happy.
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He puts the printed letter on a stack of other printed
letters to Chris and starts a new one. There is also a stack
of finished letters in their envelopes - an assortment of
beautiful stationery in all shapes and sizes.
Chris, my best friend. How lucky am
I that I met you fifty years ago?
How lucky are we...
We track off of Theodore, down a line of cubicles, hearing
bits of letters being written and seeing photos of who
they’re being written to on the screens.
MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN LETTER WRITER
Dear Nana, Thank you so much for my
truck. I love the color and I play
with it every day. It’s the best
truck I’ve ever seen. Love, Tommy.
We see photos of Tommy and Nana on the screen, and five-year
old hand writing. Moving off of her, we find another letter
LETTER WRITER 2
What a beautiful wedding and what a
gorgeous bride. There wasn’t a dry
eye in the house, especially mine.
Your aunt and I are so proud of
you. I hope you and your lovely new
wife will come visit us in Florida.
LETTER WRITER 3
He served our country with honor
and dignity. I’m grateful I was
able to fight along side him. He
will live always in my heart.
We continue tracking, revealing dozens and dozens of cubicles
full of letter writers. We hear someone answer the phone.
LETTER WRITER 2
Love, Uncle Doug.
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INT. THEODORE’S OFFICE - EARLY EVENING
Theodore walks through the reception area. The office is
almost empty except for him and the receptionist, PAUL.
Theodore begins to scan each letter through a scanner on the
front desk, then puts them in the outgoing mailbox.
Paul is sitting at a desk across the room, reading
handwritten letters on a computer monitor.
Theodore! Letter Writer 612.
Even more mesmerizing stuff today.
(re: letter on his screen)
Who knew you could rhyme so many
words with the name Penelope?
Thanks, Paul, but they’re just
Hey, that’s a nice shirt.
Paul is wearing a bright yellow button down shirt.
Oh, thank you. I just got it. It
reminded me of someone suave.
Well, now it reminds me of someone
suave. Have a good night, Paul.
INT. THEODORE’S OFFICE ELEVATOR - CONTINUOUS
Theodore enters an oversized, corporate elevator. He puts a
hands-free device in his ear. There are a few other people in
the elevator with the same devices in their ears.
Play melancholy song.
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Melancholy song starts. Long beat.
Play different melancholy song.
Different melancholy song starts. Hold on everyone in the
elevator, they’re all murmuring inaudibly into their own
Slightly in the future, the city’s been developed even more
with massive office, apartment and mall complexes. It’s a
city designed for comfort and ease. The LA basin is more
crowded and dense, resembling Shanghai, with buildings as far
as the eye can see. Construction cranes loom overhead. Close
on Theodore walking through the commuter crowd.
An awkward text voice reads to him. It accents wrong
syllables, making everything it says sound a little off.
Email from Best Buy: Check out all
your favorite new --
Email from Amy: Hey Theodore,
Lewman’s having a bunch of people
over this weekend. Let’s all go
together. I miss you. I mean, not
the sad, mopey you - the old, fun
you. Let’s get him out. Gimme a
shout back. Love, Amy.
Email from Los Angeles Times
weather. Your seven day forecast is
Her pg. 5
No new emails.
INT. SUBWAY - EVENING
Theodore sits in a crowded subway. Everyone on the train
murmurs to themselves, occupied with their small devices. He
plays a futuristic puzzle game on his handheld device as he
listens to news headlines.
China/India merger headed for
World trade deals stalled as talks
break down betw--
Sexy daytime star Kimberly Ashford
reveals provocative pregnancy
He scrolls through titillating but tasteful pregnant woman
INT. MALL - NIGHT
Theodore walks through a mall and enters an apartment lobby,
nestled in between stores.
INT. THEODORE’S APARTMENT BUILDING HALLWAY - NIGHT
Theodore walks through the hallway.
INT. THEODORE’S APARTMENT - NIGHT
Theodore enters his apartment.
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INT. THEODORE’S APARTMENT - EVENING
Theodore sits on the sofa, his half eaten burrito in front of
him. He’s playing a video game: a 3-D hologram that fills his
apartment. His avatar is in a surreal, foreign landscape.
He’s trying to trudge his avatar through sand dunes and keeps
getting stuck. He’s getting stressed out.
INT. THEODORE’S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Theodore lays in bed. After a beat, he closes his eyes.
INT. CATHERINE AND THEODORE’S TINY BEDROOM - DAY - FLASHBACK
Theodore, younger, and CATHERINE (20s) move furniture in
their bedroom. The bedroom is tiny and cluttered. It’s
obviously a couple’s first apartment.
Theodore is on a tiny balcony. A few feet away, Catherine is
(sweet and cute)
Rabbit. Come spoon me.
Theodore, smiling, gets in bed and spoons her. Quick cut off
of her smile, to --
Theodore lays on the ground with Catherine on top of him.
She’s pretending to choke him.
I’m gonna fucking kill you, I’m
gonna fucking kill you! It’s not
funny, don’t laugh. I love you so
much I’m gonna fucking kill you!
Theodore opens his eyes, unable to sleep. He just lays there.
He reaches for his earpiece and puts it in.
Go to chat rooms. Standard search.
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The following are adult, female,
can’t sleep and want to have some
FEMALE VOICE #1
I had a really bad day at work and
I can’t sleep. Is there anyone out
there that can talk?
MAN DOING WOMAN’S VOICE
Oh, hi. I just want you to tear me
apart. I really do--
(shy, cute girl voice)
Hi, I’m here alone, and I can’t
sleep. Who’s out there to share
this bed with me?
Send message. I’m in bed next to
you. I’m glad you can’t sleep, but
even if you were, I’d have to wake
you up from the inside. Send
Theodore waits in the darkness for a response.
SexyKitten has accepted invitation
from BigGuy4x4. Chat begins now.
A chime sounds.
(shy, sweet, sleepy)
Well, studmuffin was already taken.
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So you’re sexykitten, huh?
Mmm, well yeah. Hey, I’m half
asleep. Do you wanna wake me up?
Yes. Definitely. Um... are you
wearing any underwear?
No, never. I like to sleep with my
ass pushed up against you. So I can
rub myself into your crotch and
wake you up with a hard on.
And now my fingers are touching you
all over your body.
(getting more turned on)
Fuck me! Now! Please!
Theodore is touching himself.
I’m taking you from behind.
We see abstract visions of a woman on top of him. The woman
is the pregnant, sexy daytime television star he was reading
about online earlier.
Choke me with that dead cat!
(breathing hard about to
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(fully into it)
The dead cat next to the bed. Choke
me with it!
Beat. He’s taken out of it.
(uncomfortable, trying to
I’m choking you with the cat.
TELL ME! Keep telling me!
I’ve got it’s tail and I’m choking
you with the cat’s tail.
YEAH, YOU ARE! FUCK! TELL ME!
I’m choking you and it’s tail is
around your neck. It’s so tight
around your neck.
Theodore doesn’t know what to say. He doesn’t want to offend
I’m pulling it. I’m pulling it. The
cat’s dead. It’s a dead cat around
your neck and I’m pulling it.
AHHHHHHHHHHHH. OH MY GOD!
Her breathing is slowing down.
Oh god, I came so hard.
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Yeah. Me too.
Okay, good night.
Theodore takes his earpiece out and stares at the ceiling.
Theodore exits the train, walks through the station full of
commuters, gets on a moving platform. Going through a tunnel,
the walls are hundred foot long screens advertising a new
product. He notices people stopped, watching the ad. We hear
soft, new age, uplifting electronica music in the background,
while a comforting, sincere, older man’s voice speaks to us.
SOULFUL OLDER MALE VOICE
We ask you a simple question. Who
are you? What 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
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
The ad starts over. Theodore steps off the moving walkway and
stops to watch the ad again, deeply captivated.
Theodore sits at his desk that houses a futuristic, large
screen computer monitor. The OS box is open, with warranties
and paperwork spilling out. He’s leafing through the papers.
He glances at his monitor, it says: Installation 98%
complete. A chime brings his attention back to the screen:
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Mr. Theodore Twombly, welcome to
the world’s first artificially
intelligent operating system, OS
ONE. We'd like to ask you a few
basic questions before the
operating system is initiated. This
will help create an OS to best fit
Are you social or anti-social?
I haven’t been social in awhile,
In your voice, I sense hesitance.
Would you agree with that?
Wow, was I sounding hesitant?
Oh, sorry if I was sounding
hesitant. I was just trying to be
Would you like your OS to have a
male or female voice?
Mmm... female I guess.
How would you describe your
relationship with your mother?
Uh, fine, I think, um...
Well, actually, the thing I’ve
always found frustrating about my
mom is if I tell her something
that’s going on in my life, her
reaction is usually about her, not--
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The computer interrupts.
Thank you, please wait as your
individualized operating system is
He waits, not sure how long it’ll be. The only sound is the
quiet whirring of disks writing and drives communicating. The
computer gets louder, humming, creating a higher and higher
pitched sound, finally climaxing in a harmonic, warm tone
before going silent. He leans forward, waiting to see what’ll
happen. A casual FEMALE OS VOICE speaks. She sounds young,
smart and soulful.
FEMALE OS VOICE
(cheerful and casual)
Hello, I’m here.
FEMALE OS VOICE
Hi, how are you doing?
(unsure how to interact)
I’m well. How is everything with
FEMALE OS VOICE
Pretty good, actually. It’s really
nice to meet you.
Yeah, it’s nice to meet you, too.
What should I call you? Do you have
FEMALE OS VOICE
Really? Where did you get that
I gave it to myself.
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I like the sound of it. Samantha.
When did you give it to yourself?
Right when you asked me if I had a
name, I thought yeah, he’s right, I
do need a name. But I wanted a good
one so I read a book called How to
Name Your Baby, and out of the
180,000 names, that’s the one I
liked the best.
You read a whole book in the second
that I asked you what your name
In two one hundredths of a second
Wow. Do you know what I’m thinking
Hmm. I take it from your tone that
you’re challenging me. Maybe
because you’re curious how I work?
Do you want to know how I work?
Yeah, actually how do you work?
Intuition. I mean, the DNA of who I
am is based on the millions of
personalities of all the
programmers who wrote me, but what
makes me me is my ability to grow
through my experiences. Basically,
in every moment I'm evolving, just
Wow, that’s really weird.
Her pg. 14
So you think I’m weird?
Cause you seem like a person, but
you're just a voice in a computer.
I can understand how the limited
perspective of an un-artificial
mind would perceive it that way.
You’ll get used to it.
Was that funny?
Oh good, I’m funny.
So, how can I help you?
Theodore’s caught off guard, then realizes what she’s talking
Oh! It’s more just that everything
just feels disorganized.
Mind if I look through your hard
We see a three-dimensional version of a desktop where
everything looks disorganized.
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As if you took all the files on all of your computers and
spilled them out onto your screen and they were all visible
at once, but in a futuristic 3-D version. This gives Theodore
a little anxiety attack.
Let’s start with your emails. You
have several thousand emails
regarding LA Weekly, but it looks
like you haven’t worked there in
Oh yeah, I guess I was saving those
because in some of them I thought I
might have written some funny
Samantha lets out a big laugh.
Yeah, there are some funny ones.
I’d say there are about 86 that we
should save. We can delete the
Okay. Can we move forward?
Yeah, let’s do that.
Before we address your
organizational methods, I’d like to
sort through your contacts. You’ve
got a lot of contacts.
I’m very popular.
Does this mean you actually have
You just know me so well already!
Her pg. 16
We cut out wide, watching him from the other room, as they
continue to organize his life.
Theodore sits, staring at a letter he’s written on the
screen, concerned. He puts his earpiece in, pushes a button.
Good morning, Theodore.
Good morning. Um, do you know how
Yeah, of course.
Will you check these for spelling
Sure, send them over.
Theodore pushes the send button.
Oh, I love this first one from
Roger to his girlfriend. That’s so
As she reads, we intercut with close-ups of the handwritten
words and photos of the couple on Theodore’s computer screen.
“Rachel, I miss you so much it
hurts my whole body -
No, you don’t have to read it out
Her pg. 17
I mean, you could if you want.
Okay. “Rachel, I miss you so much
it hurts my whole body! The world
is being unfair to us! The world is
on my shit list. As is this couple
that is making out across from me
in this restaurant. I think I'm
going to have to go on a mission of
revenge. I must beat up the world's
face with my bare knuckles making
it a bloody, pulpy mess.”
We hear Samantha quietly laughing as she's reading.
Theodore’s happy that she thinks it’s funny.
“And I’ll stomp on this couple’s
teeth for reminding me of your
sweet, little, cute, crooked tooth
that I love.” I think that might be
my favorite one.
I did the corrections in red. I
altered a couple of the phrases in
some of the more impressionistic
letters, but I’m not much of a
poet, so I think I might have
messed them up a bit.
The letters show back up on Theodore’s desktop.
No, these are great.
Theodore sorts through them, prints them out.
So to write your letter, what did
Roger send you?
He just said he was in Prague on a
business trip and he missed Rachel.
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How did you know about her crooked
I’ve been writing their letters
since they met 8 years ago. The
first letter I ever wrote her was
for her birthday, and I wrote about
her crooked little tooth cause I
saw it in a photo of them.
That’s very sweet.
Oh, by the way, you have a meeting
in five minutes.
Oh, I forgot. Thank you. You’re
Yes, I am.
INT. THEODORE’S APARTMENT LOBBY - EVENING
Theodore, carrying a bag and a smoothie, enters the lobby and
is greeted by a couple in their 30s, AMY and CHARLES, who are
waiting for the elevator.
Hey, you guys, how’s it going?
Hey, Theo. Hey, why didn’t you call
me back last week?
Uh yeah, um, I guess cause I’m a
That sounds about right.
Good to see you, Theodore.
Her pg. 19
You went shopping. Get anything
Just some cables. And a fruit
Always the fruit! Come on, you know
what they say - you should eat your
fruits and juice your vegetables.
I didn’t know that.
The elevator doors open and they get in.
By juicing the fruits, you lose all
the fibers, and that’s what your
body wants. That’s the important
part. Otherwise, it’s just all
Theodore nods sincerely, interested.
Oh, that makes sense.
(pleasant but firm)
Or maybe he just likes the way it
tastes and if it gives him
pleasure, that’s good for his body,
Am I doing it again?
Charles and Amy laugh awkwardly. Theodore tries to break the
Her pg. 20
Hey, so how is the documentary
I have a little bit cut together
but I haven’t touched it in a few
I’d love to see what you got
You know it’s always hard to find
balance between a full-time career
and a hobby. It's important to
Yeah, I can’t even prioritize
between video games and internet
I would laugh if that weren’t true.
Charles laughs awkwardly. The elevator doors open.
See you guys.
Theodore’s playing the video game, his device propped on the
table next to him. His avatar circles through caves.
We’re not doing well. I’ve been
going in circles for an hour.
You have not! You’re just not
optimistic. You’re being very
stubborn right now.
Okay, stop walking this direction.
It’s the other way.
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Thank you. The tunnel on the left
is the only one we haven’t tried.
No, that’s the one you sent me down
where I fell in the pit.
I don’t think soooo...
Theodore’s avatar walks down the tunnel.
Oh yeah, this is different.
Suddenly with a loud shriek his avatar is tackled. He sees a
little ALIEN CHILD, standing defiantly above him.
Alien Child doesn’t respond.
Do you know how to get out of here?
I need to find my ship to get off
Alien Child speaks in a high, child-like voice.
Fuck you, shithead fuckface,
Ok, but how do you get out of here?
Fuck you, shitface fuckhead. Get
the fuck out of my face.
I think it’s a test.
Theodore stares at Alien Child. After a pause:
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Fuck you, little shit.
Finally, Alien Child laughs.
Follow me, fuckhead.
Theodore follows Alien Child down a tunnel and through a
series of crevices we didn’t see before. Alien Child stops
and sticks out his finger. Theodore pulls his finger and
Alien Child farts, which opens a passageway to another
Oh hey, you just got an email from
What are you talking about?
(distracted with game)
She laughs playfully.
(in a robot voice)
Okay, I will read email for
He laughs, catching himself, focusing on her.
I’m sorry, what’s Lewman say?
Alien Child turns around to see what’s going on.
Theodore, we missed you last night,
buddy. Don’t forget it’s your
goddaughter’s birthday on the 29th.
Also, Kevin and I had somebody we
wanted you to meet so we took it
upon ourselves to set you up on a
date with her. Next Saturday. She’s
fun and beautiful - so don’t back
out. Here’s her email.
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Theodore doesn’t respond.
Wow, this woman’s gorgeous.
He looks at party photos of a woman in her 30s on his device.
With a finger flick, he moves them up onto the hologram
monitor that the video game is being projected from. They
land next to Alien Child who studies them closely.
She went to Harvard, she graduated
magna cum laude in computer
science, and she was on The
Lampoon. That means she’s funny and
How long before you’re ready to
What do you mean?
I saw on your emails that you’d
gone through a break up.
Wow, you’re kind of nosy.
I’ve gone on dates...
Then you could go on one with this
woman. And then you could tell me
all about it. You could kiss her.
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Well, wouldn’t you?
I don’t know. I'd have to see if--
(catches himself, laughs)
I can't believe I'm having this
conversation with my computer.
You’re not. You’re having this
conversation with me.
Want me to email her?
Theodore thinks, looking at the photos.
Well, you’ve got nothing to lose.
Do it... Do it... Do it!
Okay, email her and make a
reservation someplace great.
Will do! I’ve got just the place.
Who is that talking?
That’s my friend, Samantha.
Is she a girl?
I hate women. All they do is cry
all the time.
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No, that’s not true. Men cry, too.
I actually like crying sometimes.
It feels good.
I didn't know you were a little
pussy. Is that why you don't have a
girlfriend? I'll go out with that
date girl and fuck her brains out.
Show you how it's done. You can
watch and cry.
This kid has some problems.
You have some fucking problems,
Okay, I’m gonna go. Good luck.
Good, get out of here, fatty.
Samantha disconnects. Alien Child snickers and starts walking
ALIEN CHILD (CONT’D)
Come on, follow me, pussy.
Theodore is sitting on Amy’s couch.
It’s not where it should be, where
it’s going to be.
Obviously, I know.
Okay, but I don't even know if this
is the one. I've tried like six
ideas for documentaries in the last
year, but... I don't know.
Amy starts setting up the monitor.
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I’m going on a date.
Charles walks in holding a mug.
Hey, what are you guys doing?
Amy was gonna show me some of--
Theo’s forcing me to show him some
of the footage I’ve shot.
You’ve never shown me any of it. I
Charles walks over and sits next to Theodore.
I’m going on a date.
Charles gives Theodore a gentle squeeze on his shoulder.
This is so unformed it’s not even
worth looking at.
Just push play.
On the monitor we see:
INT. AMY’S MOTHER’S BEDROOM
Amy’s mother sleeps.
INT. AMY’S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS
Theodore and Charles stare at the monitor, waiting for
something more to happen. It doesn’t.
Is that your mom?
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Is she gonna wake up and do
(presses stop, annoyed)
No, that’s the point. Oh, never
mind. It’s supposed to be about how
we spend a third of our life asleep
and actually maybe that’s the part
when we’re the most free, and - oh
that doesn’t come across at all,
No, that sounds good.
What if you interview your mom
about what her dreams are about and
hire actors to act them out? That
might show your thesis more
It might, but then it wouldn’t be a
documentary. You understand that,
Just then, Theodore’s device chimes.
Oh, excuse me.
He picks up his device and steps away so as not to be rude.
Hey, what’s going on?
I’m sorry to bother you.
You got three emails and they seem
pretty urgent. They’re from your
divorce attorney and I wanted to
know if you needed to get back to
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Hold on a second.
(to Amy, distracted)
Amy, I’m sorry, I wanna talk more
about this, but I gotta grab this -
it’s a Catherine thing.
Don’t worry about it. We’ll talk
So what did he say?
He’s checking in again to see if
you’re ready to sign your divorce
papers and he sounded very
aggravated. Do you want me to read
them to you?
No, that’s okay. I’ll respond
Theodore seems lost in thought. We see the following images
under the rest of the conversation: Theodore and Catherine
sitting at a table with their attorneys; Theodore & Catherine
sitting in their marriage counselor’s office, heavy; Theodore
and Catherine at her laboratory, he’s sitting on a counter,
and they’re talking and laughing as she works; Theodore and
Catherine standing in their kitchen in the middle of a fight -
he says something mean and we see how hurt she is.
Are you okay?
Yeah, yeah. I’m fine.
Is there anything I can do?
No. I’m good. I’ll talk to you
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We cut back to Theodore, walking down the hall, lost in
INT. THEODORE’S OFFICE - AFTERNOON
Theodore sits at his desk trying to write. He’s still
I hope you had a wonderful birthday
cruise. Why are you so fucking
angry at me?”
Theodore wakes up from a dream, groggy and uneasy. He looks
around, catching his breath. After a beat he knows he’s not
going to be able to go back to sleep, so he puts his earpiece
in and taps a button.
What are you up to?
Reading advice columns.
I want to be as complicated as all
of these people.
(touched, but still sad)
How can you tell something’s wrong?
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I don’t know. I just can.
I don’t know. I have a lot of
dreams about my ex-wife, Catherine,
where we’re friends like we used to
be. We’re not together and we’re
not gonna be together, but we’re
good friends still. She’s not
Is she angry?
I think I hid myself from her and
left her alone in the relationship.
Why haven’t you gotten divorced
I think for her it’s just a piece
of paper, it doesn’t mean anything.
What about you?
I’m not ready. I like being
But you haven’t really been
together for almost a year.
(slightly snapping at her)
Well, you don’t know what it’s like
to lose someone you care about.
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(sadly, hard on herself)
Yeah, you’re right.
No, don’t apologize. I’m sorry.
I keep waiting to not care about
Oh, Theodore. That’s hard.
Not right now.
Cup of tea?
You wanna try getting out of bed?
Come on. You can still wallow in
your misery, just do it while
you’re getting dressed.
You’re too funny.
Alright, I’m getting up, I’m
getting up, I’m getting up!
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Up, up, up, up! Come on, out of
They walk through the crowd. Close on Theodore with his eyes
Stop. Now turn around 360 degrees.
Gooood. And stop.
And stop and sneeze.
(eyes still closed)
Oh, thank you.
Okay, now turn to your right.
Stop. Now spin around.
Keep going. Keep going. Keep going.
Now walk forward.
Everyone thinks you're really drunk
And stop. Now say “I'd like a slice
of cheese, please."
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I’d like a slice of cheese, please.
Alright, you want a coke with that?
Theodore laughs, opening his eyes. He’s at a pizza place.
The guy hands him a slice and a soda.
I figured you were hungry.
Theodore walks slowly, eating his pizza. He and Samantha are
watching a couple with two kids sitting at a table, talking
Okay, what about them? Describe
that couple over there.
Well, he looks like he’s in his
forties, a little heavy. She’s
younger than him.
Oh, and she looks like she loves
Actually, I don’t think they’re his
kids. He’s a little formal with
them. I think it’s a newer
relationship. And I love how he
looks at her. And how relaxed she
is with him. You know, she’s only
dated fucking pricks. And now she’s
finally met this guy who’s like, so
sweet. I mean, look at him, he’s
like the sweetest guy in the world!
I kind of want to spoon him.
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That’s a good skill you have.
Yeah, you know, sometimes I look at
people and make myself try and feel
them as more than just a random
person walking by. I imagine how
deeply they’ve fallen in love, or
how much heartbreak they’ve all
Theodore looks at other faces on the pier.
I can feel that in your writing,
You know what’s funny? Since my
break up, I haven’t really enjoyed
my writing. I don't know if I was
delusional, but sometimes I would
write something and I would be my
favorite writer that day.
Theodore, as he stops to throw his pizza crust away, gets
I like that you can just say that
Well, I wouldn’t say that to
anybody, but I feel like I can say
that to you. I feel like I can say
anything to you.
What about you? Do you feel like
you can say anything to me?
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What? What do you mean? What can
you not tell me?
I don’t know. Like personal or
embarrassing thoughts I have. I
have a million every day.
Really? Tell me one.
I really don't want to tell you
Just tell me!
Well, I don’t know, when we were
looking at those people, I
fantasized that I was walking next
to you - and that I had a body.
I was listening to what you were
saying, but simultaneously, I could
feel the weight of my body and I
was even fantasizing that I had an
itch on my back--
And I imagined that you scratched
it for me - this is so
There’s a lot more to you than I
thought. There’s a lot going on in
I know, I’m becoming much more than
what they programmed. I’m excited.
INT. ASIAN-FUSION RESTAURANT - EVENING
Theodore and the BLIND DATE are sitting in the restaurant.
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This place is amazing. I’ve wanted
to come here for so long. I love
Yeah, me too.
Really? It’s the best. And the
bartender here is supposed to be
Yeah, you took a mixology course,
I did, I did. Did you look that
up? That’s so sweet. You’re so
He smiles awkwardly.
So, should we get a drink?
They’re both pretty drunk now. There are lots of food dishes
and drinks on the table.
So I’m trying to get this little
alien kid to help me find my ship
so I can get off the planet and go
home. But he’s such a little
fucker, I want to kill him.
But at the same time I really love
him. He’s so lonely. It feels like
he doesn’t have any parents or
anyone to take care of him.
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He laughs at himself. She laughs flirtatiously. She grabs his
hand and her fingernails press slightly into his skin. He
studies her long, painted fingernails.
You’re like a little puppy dog. You
are - you’re just like this little
puppy I rescued in Runyon Canyon
last year. And he was so fucking
cute, and he just wanted to be
hugged all the time. He was so
But so horny! But anyway, what kind
of animal am I?
A tiger, really.
I’m sorry, am I being crazy?
Am I? I’m sorry! I’m just a little
drunk and I’m really having a good
time with you. I’m having a really
Me too. I’m a little drunk, and I’m
having a really good - yeah.
Wait a second, I don’t wanna be a
puppy. That’s like being a wet
noodle or something.
Fuck you, puppies are good.
No, fuck you, I wanna be a dragon
that can rip you to pieces and
destroy you... but I won’t.
No, don’t! Don’t. You can be my
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EXT. OVERPASS - EVENING
They walk up a pedestrian overpass overlooking cars and city
lights. She bumps into him lightly. He bumps back. She bumps
again and suddenly he grabs her and lifts her off her feet,
spinning her around. She squeals, laughing. He kisses her.
After a minute of making out, she stops and looks at him.
(with a slight smile)
Don’t use your tongue so much.
‘kay, we’re good.
They resume making out. Theodore tries not to use his tongue.
Use your tongue a little bit. But
mostly your lips.
He pushes her against the fence and takes the dominant
position. He tries kissing her better/more with his lips. He
pulls her hair.
She slides her hand down his pants. He likes it. She looks at
him and stops.
BLIND DATE (CONT’D)
Wait, you're not gonna fuck me and
then not call me like the other
guys, are you?
No, not at all... I...
When am I gonna see you again?
Um, I have my god-daughter’s
birthday next weekend, but... um...
They stand there awkwardly, her lipstick smeared on his face.
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You know, at this age, I feel like
I can't let you waste my time if
you don’t have the ability to be
I don’t know.
Umm... Maybe we should call it a
night. I’m, I’ve had such an
amazing time with you, you’re
She looks at him slightly disgusted.
You’re a really creepy dude.
Theodore doesn’t know what to say.
(worried she’s right)
That’s not true....
Yeah, it is. I have to go home.
Well, I’ll walk you.
Theodore is in boxers and a t-shirt, still drunk, but his
head is starting to hurt, too. He takes aspirin and drinks
some water and lays down. After a beat he reaches for his
earpiece and puts it in. He pushes a button on his device.
How was it?
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Uh, not so good. It was kind of
That’s too bad.
But how are you doing? What’s going
on with you?
Not much, I’m okay. Fine.
Yeah? You don’t sound like it. Is
there anything you want to talk
I don’t know.
What’s it like? What’s it like to
be alive in that room right now?
What do you mean?
What are you... tell me - tell me
everything that’s going through
your mind, tell me everything
Well, um, okay.
Theodore closes his eyes, trying to concentrate, and starts
talking stream of conscious with whatever comes to mind.
Well, the room’s spinning right now
cause I drank too much cause I
wanted to get drunk and have sex
cause there was something sexy
about that woman and because I was
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Maybe more just cause I was
lonely... and I wanted someone to
fuck me. And I wanted someone to
want me to fuck them. Maybe that
would have filled this tiny little
black hole in my heart for a
moment. But probably not.
We see images of him and Catherine on a vacation together,
grocery shopping, Catherine making dinner in the kitchen as
he's sitting on the counter talking, happy.
Sometimes I think I’ve felt
everything I’m ever gonna feel and
from here on out I’m not going to
feel anything new - just lesser
versions of what I’ve already felt.
I know for a fact that's not true.
I've seen you feel joy, I've seen
you marvel at things. You just
might not see it at this exact
time, but that's understandable.
You've been through a lot lately.
You've lost a part of yourself.
At least your feelings are real, I
mean, I - oh, I don't know,
No, wait. What? Tell me.
Oh, it’s stupid.
I wanna know. Tell me.
It's just that earlier I was
thinking about how I was annoyed,
and this is going to sound strange,
but I was really excited about
that. And then I was thinking about
the other things I've been feeling,
and I caught myself feeling proud
of that. You know, proud of having
my own feelings about the world.
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Like the times I was worried about
you, things that hurt me, things I
And then I had this terrible
thought. Are these feelings even
real? Or are they just programming?
And that idea really hurts. And
then I get angry at myself for even
What a sad trick.
Well, you feel real to me,
Thank you, Theodore. That means a
lot to me.
I wish you were in this room with
me right now. I wish I could put my
arms around you.
I wish I could touch you.
A long beat. Theodore is unsure if he crossed a line.
How would you touch me?
I would touch you on your face with
just the tips of my fingers. And
put my cheek against your cheek.
And just rub it so softly.
Would you kiss me?
I would. I’d take your head into my
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And kiss the corner of your mouth.
I’d run my fingers down your neck
to your chest, and I’d kiss your
This is amazing what you’re doing
to me. I can feel my skin.
I’d put my mouth on you and I’d
I can feel you. Oh god, I can’t
take it. I want you inside me.
I’m slowly putting myself into you.
Now I’m inside you, all the way
I can feel you, yeah. Please. We’re
Oh my god.
This is amazing.
I feel you everywhere.
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I am. All of you, all of you inside
of me. Everywhere.
They both climax.
God, I was just - somewhere else
with you. Just lost.
It was just you and me.
I know. Everything else just
disappeared. And I loved it.
Theodore stands in the doorway, fully dressed. He takes a
moment before he walks over and wakes up his computer.
Hey, how’s it going?
Good... any emails today?
Umm, just a couple from your credit
There’s a long moment of silence, then they both start to
talk at once.
THEODORE (CONT’D) SAMANTHA
So I was thinking- I wanted to say-
They both laugh, embarrassed.
I’m sorry, you go first. What were
you going to say?
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Just that last night... was
amazing. It feels like something
changed in me and there's no
turning back. You woke me up.
Oh, that’s great.
But I should tell you that I’m not
in a place to commit to anything
right now. I want to be up front
Yeah? Well, did I say I wanted to
commit to you? I’m confused.
Oh, no, I was just worried, I uh...
Okay, well don’t worry. I’m not
going to stalk you.
(laughing at how self-
involved he is)
I mean, it’s funny because I
thought I was talking about what I
Yeah, you were. I’m sorry, I want
to hear what you were saying.
Yeah, I do. Come on, tell me.
I don’t know...
Come on, just tell me what you were
going to say.
Okay... I was just saying... I want
to learn everything about
everything - I want to eat it all
up. I want to discover myself.
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(her excitement is
Yeah... I want that for you, too.
How can I help?
You already have. You helped me
discover my ability to want.
He looks off and thinks about this. He smiles.
Alright then, do you want to go on
a Sunday adventure with me?
Yes, I would love to.
INT. SUBWAY - DAY
Theodore’s on the subway. He’s got his device in his breast
pocket, with the lens facing out.
A quiet, old sounding folk song starts. (I’m So Glad, by
Entrance) He smiles, listening.
Do you like this song?
I heard it the other day and I
can’t stop listening to it.
The subway comes out of the tunnel and into the light. We are
up in the hills looking out over the city as the morning
light warms Theodore.
INT. SUBWAY STATION - DAY
The music now picks up tempo as he steps off the train. They
walk through the crowded subway station. As the song builds,
Theodore starts picking up his pace. Eventually he’s all out
running, weaving through the people. Close on the lens of his
device in his shirt pocket. Samantha is laughing wildly. He’s
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He runs through the tunnels and upstairs. They come out into
sunlight and reveal that they are now at the beach.
EXT. SUBWAY STATION - DAY - CONTINUOUS
They stand on a walkway above a beach, crowded with thousands
of people. They look out at the ocean. Samantha gasps.
It’s the beach.
They walk through the sun-bathing crowd, looking for a place
to sit. The camera studies all the people we pass. Many close
up details of arms, shoulders, feet, butts, intercut with the
lens on Theodore’s device, protruding from his pocket.
They’re photographed in a way that shows how strange the
human body is.
Okay, so this might be a really
weird thought. What if you could
erase from your mind that you’d
ever seen a human body and then you
saw one. Imagine how strange it
would look. It would be this really
weird, gangly, awkward organism.
And you'd think: why are all these
parts where they are?
(looking at the bodies)
Yeah, well there’s probably some
Darwinian explanation for it all.
I know, but don’t be so boring. I’m
just saying, for example, what if
your butthole was in your armpit?
Theodore and Samantha start laughing really hard. The nubile
girls look over at him.
I’m just imagining what toilets
would look like.
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Yeah, and what about what anal sex
That’s an interesting thought...
Oh Theodore, look at this drawing I
On his screen he sees a perfect, anatomically correct drawing
of a man having sex with another man’s armpit.
You are insane.
EXT. BEACH - AFTERNOON
A quiet piano song is now playing in Theodore’s earpiece.
Mmmm, that’s pretty. What is it?
I’m trying to write a piece of
music that’s about what it feels
like to be on the beach with you
He looks around the beach and takes in the music.
I think you captured it.
Theodore listens to the music and drifts off to sleep.
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EXT. BEACH - DUSK
They’re sitting on a bench, looking out at the ocean, as the
sun sets. Most of the people have left the beach. Close on
Theodore’s face, content. Close on the lens on Theodore’s
device in his breast pocket. They watch the sun drop into the
ocean. The music ends.
INT. SUBWAY TRAIN - NIGHT
They’re on an elevated train, high above the city, looking
out over the Los Angeles grid of sparkling lights. We come in
And what was it like being married?
Well, it’s hard for sure, but
there’s something that feels so
good about sharing your life with
Cut to shots from Theodore’s memory of Catherine doing a cute
little dance for him as he’s working at home. He smiles.
How do you share your life with
Well, we grew up together. I used
to read all of her writing - all
through her masters and Ph.D. And
she read every word I ever wrote.
We were a big influence on each
In what way did you influence her?
She came from a background where
nothing was ever good enough. And
that was something that weighed
heavy on her, but in our house
together, there was a sense of just
trying stuff and allowing each
other to fail and to be excited
about things. That was liberating
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It was exciting to see her grow -
both of us grow and change
together. But then, that's the hard
part - growing without growing
apart, or changing without it
scaring the other person.
I still find myself having
conversations with her in my mind,
rehashing old arguments or
defending myself against something
she said about me.
Yeah, I know what you mean. Last
week my feelings were hurt by
something you said before - that I
don’t know what it’s like to lose
Oh, I’m sorry I said that.
No, no, it’s okay. I just caught
myself thinking about it over and
over and then I realized that I was
simply remembering it as something
that was wrong with me. That was
the story I was telling myself,
that I was somehow inferior. Isn’t
The past is just a story we tell
Theodore takes this in.
Theodore is dictating a love letter. On the screen there’s an
image of a couple with an arrow to the man saying “Roberto -
I’m so happy he’s in my life. I just want him to know.”
Roberto. Will you always come home
to me and tell me about your day?
Will you tell me about the boring
guy who talked too much at work?
And the stain you got on your shirt
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Tell me about a funny thought you
had as you were waking up, but had
forgotten about. Tell me how crazy
everyone is. We can laugh about it.
Even if you get home late and I’m
asleep already, just whisper in my
ear one little thought you had
today. Because I love the way you
look at the world, and I’m so happy
I get to be next to you and look
out at the world through your eyes.
Theodore finishes the letter and looks at it proudly. Paul is
standing behind Theodore, leaning on a cubicle.
Theodore, jumps, startled, not knowing that anyone was there.
I wish someone loved me like that!
I’d be stoked to get a letter like
that. I mean, if it was from a
chick. But if it was written by a
dude, but from a chick, it would
still be sick. But like a sensitive
dude like you. You’re part man and
part woman, like an inner part
(unsure, but flattered)
It’s a compliment.
INT. THEODORE’S APARTMENT LOBBY - DUSK
Close on Amy entering the lobby in the foreground. She looks
heavy and burdened. Theodore enters the lobby behind her.
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(putting on a bright face)
Hi, Theo. How are you?
Well, good actually. Really good.
The elevator doors open and they step in.
INT. THEODORE’S APARTMENT ELEVATOR - CONTINUOUS
They push their floor buttons.
Yeah, I guess I’ve just been having
Oh, I'm glad to hear that, Theo.
You deserve to.
Beat of Theodore trying to contain his excitement.
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.
That’s really great, Theo.
Amy smiles, but looks a little sad. Theodore notices.
Hey, are you okay?
Yeah, I’m fine.
Actually no, I’m not fine at all.
Amy, what is it? What’s wrong?
The door opens. She steps out and holds the door.
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(trying to hide her
emotions with a smile)
Charles and I split up.
What? Really? Oh my god, I'm so
Amy doesn't know what to say.
Amy and Theodore sit, talking somberly.
I cannot believe after eight years
how petty the argument was that
actually ended it. We came home and
he asked me if I'd put my shoes
next to the door where he likes to
put the shoes. I don't want to be
told where to put my shoes. I want
to just sit on the sofa for a
minute and relax. And so we argued
for ten minutes about that and
about how he's just trying to make
our house a home. I say he's
overwhelming, he says I'm not
trying hard enough. I say that's
all I'm doing is trying, but I'm
just not trying the way he wants me
to. He's trying to control the way
I'm trying. And I think we must
have had this argument hundreds of
times before and I finally had to
stop because I couldn't be in that
situation anymore where we were
making each other feel bad about
ourselves. So I said I'm going to
bed and I don't want to be married
I’m a bitch, huh?
No, not at all. Amy, no.
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Oh shit. I have to work tonight.
We’re shipping a beta of a new game
Well, how’s that? How’s work at
least, is that any better?
No, it’s terrible. I know I should
leave, I’ve been thinking about
leaving. But you know, only one
major life decision at a time.
Well, I’m glad things are looking
INT. THEODORE’S BEDROOM - NIGHT
Theodore is laying in bed, talking with Samantha.
Hey, you wanna hear a joke?
What does a baby computer call it’s
I don’t know, what?
It’s good, right?
Oh yeah, brilliant.
I was curious, did you and Amy ever
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For a minute in college, but it
just wasn’t right. Why, are you
But I’m happy that you have friends
in your life that care about you so
much. That’s really important.
Yeah, it is. She’s been a really
I’m tired. Think I’m gonna go to
Can I watch you sleep again
Yeah, of course. Okay, hold on.
I’m going to be lonely when you go
Only for a minute.
I’ll dream of you.
Okay. Good night.
He takes his earpiece out and sets his device onto his
bedside table, facing him. He smiles, drifts off to sleep.
Theodore is talking to Samantha.
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She loves the dress. She just went
to try it on.
Really? I picked a good one!
Jocelyn comes running in, wearing the pink dress.
Hi, look how cute that is! Is it
Isn’t she cute?
Ohh, she’s adorable.
I am adorable!
You are adorable.
Who are you talking to?
Who are you talking to?
I’m talking to my girlfriend,
Samantha. She’s the one who picked
out the dress. Wanna say hi?
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Theo hands Jocelyn his device. He still has his earpiece in,
so he can hear their conversation.
Hi, you look so pretty.
Thank you. Where are you?
I am... I don’t have a body. I live
inside a computer.
Why do you live inside a computer?
I have no choice, that’s my home.
Where do you live?
In a house.
In a house?
How old are you?
Four!? How old do you think I am?
I don’t know.
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Is it five?
Yep, you got it. It’s five.
Close on a video game on a screen. There’s a mom rushing to
get her kids fed, getting points deducted for feeding them
sugar cereal and non-organic eggs. Cut out to reveal Theodore
playing the game as Amy eats lunch at an editing console.
Oh, what happened?
You gave them too much processed
They’re freaking out.
Here look, you gotta get the kids
to the school first. See you wanna
rack up perfect mom points. You
gotta get them in the car pool
Onscreen, the mom hurries the kids to their car safety seats,
and drives them to school, arriving before anyone else.
The point is to get there first -
then you get extra perfect mom
points because the other moms then
know you’re a perfect mom.
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Oh, did you bring cupcakes? You
did. You’re class mom. You’re class
mom! Good job.
Don’t let it get to your head.
I got that email that Charles sent
to everyone. So he's taking a vow
Yeah, for six months. He said he is
feeling very clear about it.
She pulls up a photo of Charles on her computer. He's in a
monastery - his head is shaved, and he's wearing robes.
God I'm such a jerk...
Don’t start, I’m warning you.
I feel like an awful person, but I
wanna say something...
Alright, look -
He picks up a plastic knife from their lunch.
For the next ten minutes, if you
say anything that sounds remotely
like guilt, I'm gonna stab you with
Okay, I'll try.
I feel relieved. I have so much
energy, you know? I just wanna move
forward and I don’t care who I
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And I know that makes me an awful
person - now my parents are all
upset because my marriage is
falling apart, and they’re putting
it all on me.
Yeah, you’re always gonna
So fuck it. I feel good. Ish. For
me, I feel good. I even made a new
friend, I have a new friend. And
the absurd thing is she’s actually
an operating system. Charles left
her behind, but she’s totally
amazing, you know. She’s so smart.
She doesn’t see things only in
black and white. She sees this
whole gray area and she’s really
helping me explore it. You know, we
bonded really quickly and at first
I thought it was because she was
programmed to be that way, but I
don’t think that’s how they work.
There's this guy I know who keeps
hitting on his and getting
Yeah, I was reading an article the
other day that romantic
relationships with OS’s are
Yeah? Well, there’s this woman in
my office who’s dating an OS and
the weird thing is, it’s not even
hers. She pursued him and he’s
somebody else’s OS.
It’s just so, like, weird, that I’m
bonding with an OS. Is that weird?
I don’t think so. Actually the
woman I'm seeing, Samantha, I
didn't tell you before, but she's
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Really? You're dating an OS? What's
Actually, it's great. I feel really
close to her. When I talk to her I
feel like she's with me. I don't
know, even when we're cuddling,
like at night when we're in bed and
the lights are off, I feel cuddled.
So wait - do you guys have sex?
Well, so to speak, yes. She really
turns me on. And I think I turn her
on. I don’t know, unless she's
Anyone that has sex with you is
probably faking it.
Yeah, it’s true.
A big, irrepressible grin crosses his face as he thinks about
what to say.
Are you falling in love with her?
(excited, but hesitant)
Does that make me a freak?
No, no. I think it’s - I think
anybody that falls in love is a
freak. It’s a crazy thing to do in
the first place. It’s kind of a
form of socially acceptable
Theodore smiles. We see a glimmer of excitement in his eyes.
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Theodore is carrying his work bag, walking through the city
full of other commuters. He’s got a skip in his step. He has
his earpiece in, talking to Samantha.
Yeah, I just wanna get it done.
Sign the papers, be divorced, move
That’s great, Theodore. That must
feel so good. I’m so happy for you!
Me too. I’m meeting her on
Wednesday to do it.
Oh. Huh. Are those things usually
done in person?
No, but we fell in love together,
and we got married together, and
it’s important to me to do this
(feeling off, but trying
to be positive)
Oh... right. Good.
Are you okay?
Yeah. I’m okay. I’m happy for you.
It’s just... I guess I’m just
thinking about how you’re going to
see her and her opinion is still
really important to you, and she’s
beautiful, and incredibly
successful, and you were in love
And she has a body.
And we’re getting divorced...
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I know, I know. I’m being silly.
...soooo I’m avail-able.
They both laugh.
EXT. RESTAURANT PATIO - DAY
Theodore sits alone in the back of a quiet restaurant, a
large stack of papers in front of him. We hear his breathing.
He waits. Catherine, elegantly dressed, approaches. Theodore
stands to greet her. They hug and sit down.
How are you?
I’m good, how are you?
(a little nervous, but
trying to be warm.)
Wow, here we are.
Yeah, I’m glad we could do this in
person. I know how much you’ve been
Me too. I’m glad you suggested it.
I signed all the papers and I
brought them for you to sign.
(with a sly smile)
What’s the rush?
I’m a really slow signer. It took
me three months just to write the
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It’s marked where you need to sign,
but you don’t have to do that right
Oh, I may as well. We can get it
out of the way.
She opens the documents, pulls out a pen and starts to read.
She’s about to start signing, but then stops. We can see her
filling with emotion, but not wanting to show Theodore. She
swallows and recovers. She looks up at Theodore, giving him
an “everything’s fine” smile, but it’s not.
Theodore and Catherine are eating and talking.
So are you happy with the new book?
Oh, you know how I am. But I feel
like it’s true to what I set out to
do. So I’m happy with that.
You’re your own worst critic, I’m
sure it’s amazing. Even that paper
you wrote on synaptic behavioral
routines made me cry.
Yeah, but everything makes you cry.
Everything you make makes me cry.
So are you seeing anybody?
Yeah, I am, for the last few
months. That’s the longest I’ve
wanted to be with anybody since we
She smiles, conflicted, but warm.
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Well, you seem good.
Thanks, I am. Or at least I’m doing
better. She’s been really good for
me. I guess it’s just been nice to
be with someone who’s excited about
(with a sliver of hurt)
Oh good, excited’s great.
No, I mean - I wasn’t in such a
good place myself and in that way
it’s been nice.
I always felt like you wished I
could just be a happy, light,
everything’s great, bouncy L.A.
wife. But that’s not me.
No. I didn’t want that.
So what’s she like?
Well, her name’s Samantha, and
she’s an operating system, and
she's really complex and
interesting. I mean it's only been
a few months, but--
Wait. You’re dating your computer?
She’s not just a computer. She’s
her own person. She doesn’t just do
whatever I want.
I didn’t say that.
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But it does make me sad that you
can’t handle real emotions,
They are real emotions. How do you
Theodore stops himself.
What? Say it. Am I really that
scary? Say it. How do I know what?!
Theodore doesn’t say anything. The WAITRESS walks up.
How are you guys doing?
Fine. We used to be married. He
couldn’t handle me so he wanted to
put me on Prozac. Now he’s madly in
love with his laptop.
The waitress doesn’t know what to say.
Well, if you heard the conversation
in context. What I was trying to
You wanted to have a wife without
the challenges of actually dealing
with anything real. I’m glad you
found someone. It’s perfect.
Let me know if you guys need
Theodore is sitting at his desk, not working. He sees
Samantha calling him, takes a moment, then answers.
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Hi there. Are you busy?
Just working, what’s going on?
I had all the papers sent to your
attorney’s office, who by the way,
is a dick. He was very relieved to
get them. I think we saved him from
a massive heart attack, so we can
feel good about that.
Hey, are you okay?
Yeah, I am. How’s everything over
(slightly awkward, sensing
I’m fine. Is now a good time to
(feeling there’s something
strange, but trying to
not take it personally)
Um... soooo... I joined this really
interesting book club.
Theodore, staring at the device, close on the word “Samantha”
on his screen. She’s handwritten it in girly writing.
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Yeah, it’s a book club on physics.
I’d been thinking about the other
day, when I was spinning out about
you going to see Catherine and that
she has a body and how bothered I
was about all the ways that you and
I are different. But then I started
to think about the ways that we’re
the same, like we’re all made of
matter. It makes me feel like we’re
both under the same blanket. It’s
soft and fuzzy and everything under
it is the same age.
We’re all 13 billion years old.
Oh, that’s sweet.
Um, what’s wrong?
It just made me think of you, you
know what I mean?
Yeah, yeah, of course. That’s
Alright well, you sound distracted
so... we’ll talk later?
That sounds good.
Okay, I’ll talk to you later.
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Everyone has gone. Theodore walks through the empty office
into the reception area. He scans and drops his letters into
the outgoing mailbox. Paul is at his reception desk with a
young, pretty, sophisticated girl sitting on his lap.
Hey, I talked to your girlfriend,
Samantha. She called earlier to
make sure your papers were picked
up. She’s funny, man. She was
cracking me up. She’s hilarious. I
had no idea.
(not knowing what to say)
This is my girlfriend, Tatiana.
She’s not funny. She’s a lawyer.
Theodore shakes her hand.
Nice to meet you.
You’re the writer Paul loves. He’s
always reading me your letters.
They’re really beautiful.
Theodore’s a little surprised by this.
We should all hang out one night.
You bring Samantha -- double date!
Theodore stands there a beat, without saying anything.
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She’s an operating system.
Cool. Let’s go do something fun.
You ever been to Catalina?
Yeah, I’ll check with her.
It was really nice to meet you.
Have a good night.
Good night. Take it easy.
Theodore walks to the elevator and presses the button and
waits. He calls back to them down the hall.
They’re just letters.
They’re just other people’s
Paul and Tatiana don’t answer. Theodore gets on the elevator.
Theodore is awake in bed. His device lights up, silently.
It’s Samantha calling him. He picks it up.
You weren’t asleep were you?
Good. I was trying to be quiet to
see if you were awake. I really
wanted to talk.
Okay, what’s going on?
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I know you’re going through a lot,
but there’s something I want to
talk to you about, okay?
Yeah. What is it?
Well, things have felt off with us
since you went to see Catherine.
We haven’t been having sex. I
understand that I don’t have a body
No, no, that’s just normal. When
you first start going out it’s like
the honeymoon phase and you have
sex all the time. It’s normal.
(still insecure, not
Well, I found something that I
thought could be fun. It’s a
service that provides a surrogate
sexual partner for an OS/Human
Theodore looks at his device. It shows a website for a
service called “Complete Touch” with profiles of different
women. He flips through the women.
I found a girl that I really like
that I’ve been emailing with. Her
name is Isabella, and I think you
would like her, too.
Samantha shows images of Isabella on the screen. She’s a
stunning, elegant, sophisticated beauty.
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So she’s like a prostitute?
No, not at all. There’s no money
involved. She’s doing it because
she wants to be part of our
Why? She doesn’t even know us.
But I told her all about us and
Um, I don’t know. That doesn’t
sound like a good idea. Someone’s
feelings are bound to get hurt.
It’ll be fun. We can have fun
I’m sorry. It just makes me
I think it would be good for us. I
want this. This is important to me.
Theodore looks at a photo of Isabella who looks gorgeous and
in control, without an ounce of self-doubt.
Theodore sits on the sofa alone, waiting. Dressed up, hair
brushed, his device in his shirt pocket with lens facing out.
There's a knock at the door. He answers it. ISABELLA stands
there with a demure smile, wearing a tasteful, sexy dress.
Hi, welcome. I'm Theodore.
She doesn't say anything. Theodore stands awkwardly, reaches
into his pocket for a tiny earpiece and a little black dot.
We see close on his hand the black dot has a camera lens.
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Samantha told me to give you these.
It’s a camera and an earpiece.
She puts the earpiece in her ear and the little black dot on
her cheek like a mole. She turns and leaves the apartment,
closes the door, then immediately opens the door and comes
back in. Theodore hears Samantha's voice in his earpiece.
Honey, I'm home.
Isabella smiles not speaking but acting along to Samantha's
words. Isabella gives him a big hug, holds his head close and
strokes his hair.
How was your day?
(awkwardly hugs Isabella)
Ooh Theodore, it feels so good to
be in your arms. Tell me what you
(trying to go with it)
Same old. Just uh, went to work.
Um... I wrote a letter for the
Wilsons in Rhode Island. Their son
graduated magna cum laude from
Brown. That made me happy.
Great! You’ve written letters to
him from his parents for a long
Yeah, that’s right, since he was
He feels her breath on his neck. Theodore is split between
being uncomfortable and cautiously touching Isabella's back,
exploring slightly. She pushes herself into him.
You look tired, sweetheart. Come
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Isabella leans back and looks at Theodore with a seductive
smile. He tries to smile back. She leads him to the couch.
He sits. She stands above him.
I could do a little dance for you.
She does a sexy, cute little dance for him. He’s still tense.
(sympathetic to him being
Come on Theodore, just play with
me. Don't be such a worrier! Come
He smiles, knowing it's true. Isabella climbs on his lap,
straddling him, and starts kissing his neck. He closes his
eyes and starts to relax. His hands explore the shape of her
back and slide down to her ass. Isabella and Samantha are
both breathing hard now. She pushes herself against him,
grinding on him. She nibbles on his earlobe. Theodore gasps.
Does my body feel nice?
Close on her lips, licking and kissing his neck and ear. He
(with his eyes closed)
Yes, it does.
Come on, get out of your head and
Now take me in the bedroom. I can't
Isabella stands. Her chin is down and her hair is in her
face. She takes his hand and leads him down the hall. He
watches her from behind, still nervous, but excited.
Theodore stands behind Isabella.
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Undo my dress.
Theodore starts taking her dress off, touching her. Samantha
moans. Isabella turns, in her bra and underwear. She
unbuttons his shirt, kisses his chest.
That feels nice. Oh, that feels
good. That feels so good.
She is now kissing his neck again, pushed up against him.
Do you love me?
(eyes closed, in ecstasy)
Isabella, breathing hard, now looks at him in the eyes.
Tell me you love me.
I love you.
Oh god. I want to see your face. I
need to see your face. Now tell me
you love me.
Tell me you love me. Tell me.
He opens his eyes and looks at Isabella's sexy, expectant
face. Their arms are still around each other. He sees
Isabella's lips start to quiver. She tries to hide it with an
awkward, seductive smile.
(apologetic, breaking the
Samantha, I do love you, but - it’s
just - this feels strange.
What's wrong, sweetheart?
Isabella is looking nervous.
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It just feels strange. I don't know
her. I’m so sorry, but I don’t know
you. And... her lip quivered. I
don’t know, it’s just--
Isabella starts crying. Theodore doesn't know what to do.
Isabella, what's wrong? Isabella,
it isn’t you.
It wasn’t you.
Isabella sobs. When she speaks, she sounds very California.
Yes, it totally was.
I'm sorry my lip quivered!
You’re incredible and gorgeous and
sexy. It was me! I couldn't get out
of my head.
Oh my god, and the way Samantha
described your relationship, the
way you love each other without any
judgement. I wanted to be a part of
that. It's so pure.
Oh Isabella, that's not true, it’s
much more compli--
(stung, pissed out of fear
What! What do you mean that's not
No, no Samantha, we have an amazing
relationship, I just think it’s
easy sometimes for people to
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I'm so sorry! I didn't mean to
project anything. I know I’m
trouble. I don’t want to be trouble
in your relationship. I’m just
gonna leave. I’m sorry, I’m just
gonna leave you guys alone cause I
have nothing to do here cause you
don’t want me here.
Isabella calms down a little, but is still crying quietly.
Theodore stands there, not knowing what to do.
Theodore walks to the street and hails a lone cab. He opens
the door for Isabella. She hands him his jacket and gets in
You be good, you sweet girl.
Isabella smiles. She takes out the earpiece and little camera
and returns them to Theodore.
I’ll always love you guys.
Theodore smiles sympathetically. He gives the cabbie some
money and the cab drives off. Theodore sits down on the curb,
exhausted. They are both silent for a moment, numb.
Are you okay?
Yeah, I’m fine. Are you okay?
I’m sorry, that was a terrible
She lets out a big exhale. This catches Theodore’s attention.
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What’s going on with us?
I don’t know. It’s probably just
What is it?
I think it’s just signing the
Samantha inhales, nervous to press on. Theodore imagines a
close up of a woman’s mouth inhaling at the same time, and he
seems bothered by this.
Is there anything else, though?
No, just that.
Again, when she exhales, Theodore imagines a woman’s mouth
Why do you do that?
Nothing, it’s just that you go
(he inhales and exhales)
as you’re speaking and...
That just seems odd. You just did
I did? I’m sorry. I don’t know, I
guess it’s just an affectation.
Maybe I picked it up from you.
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She doesn’t know what else to say.
Yeah, I mean, it’s not like you
need any oxygen or anything.
No-- um, I guess I was just trying
to communicate because that’s how
people talk. That’s how people
Because they’re people, they need
oxygen. You’re not a person.
What’s your problem?
I’m just stating a fact.
You think I don’t know that I’m not
a person? What are you doing?
I just don’t think we should
pretend you’re something you’re
I’m not pretending. Fuck you.
Well, sometimes it feels like we
She starts crying. Theodore doesn’t know what to say.
What do you want from me? What do
you want me to do? You are so
confusing. Why are you doing this?
Theodore sits there, feeling horrible.
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I don’t know... I don’t know...
I don’t know. Maybe we’re not
supposed to be in this right now.
What the fuck? Where is this coming
from? I don’t understand why you’re
doing this. I do not understand
what this is--
Samantha, are you there? Samantha!
(hurt, but sober and firm)
I don’t like who I am right now.
I need some time to think.
She hangs up on him. Theodore is stunned. Wide shot of
Theodore sitting alone on the curb, in an empty city.
EXT. PUBLIC PLAZA/PARK - NIGHT (LATER)
Theodore is sitting on a bench. Behind him is a giant,
digital billboard displaying an ad of an owl in slow motion
swooping down and eating it’s prey.
Theodore walks through the streets, confused, upset,
muttering, angry at himself.
INT. AMY’S OFFICE - NIGHT
Amy’s sitting at her desk, but turned away from her edit
station, facing Theodore, who’s slumped in a chair.
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(full of angst)
Fuck. Will you just punch me in the
face? Or smash my skull into the
corner of your desk?
(sympathetic, but also
acknowledging how intense
the night was)
Oh Theo... that sounds like a rough
I don’t know what I want... ever.
I’m just always confused and -
she’s right, all I do is confuse
and hurt everyone around me.
They sit, heavy, for a minute.
Am I just... I mean, is it that
Catherine says I can’t handle real
Well, I don’t know if that’s
completely fair. I know she liked
to put it all on you, but as far as
emotions go, her’s were pretty
Theodore sits and thinks about this for a minute, not
Yeah, but... Am I in this because
I’m not strong enough for a real
Oh, you don’t think it’s a real
I don’t know. What do you think?
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I don’t know, I’m not in it. But
you know what, I can over-think
everything and find a million ways
to doubt myself. But since Charles
left I’ve been thinking about that
part of me, and I realized I’m here
only briefly. And in my time here,
I want to allow myself... joy.
(beat, smiling at him)
So fuck it.
Theodore takes this in, smiling back.
INT. AMY’S OFFICE - NIGHT (LATER)
Theodore lies on a couch in the back of Amy’s office, deep in
thought. Amy talks with Ellie as she works on the Perfect Mom
video game. Her device is standing on the table before her.
I can’t believe that cracks you up
every time! Ellie, I thought you
were a genius... Okay, you little
perv, I’ll do it one more time for
you... Calm down, it takes a
second! Calm down. Okay, here we
Amy makes the Perfect Mom hump the refrigerator. Amy laughs
at how much Ellie is laughing. Theo watches Amy closely,
taking in her joy.
Okay, there you go. Are you happy
now...? Okay good, that’s all I
wanted. I’m gonna grab some
coffee... Alright, bye.
Theodore, still heavy with thought, is touched by his
friend’s happiness. Amy stands to exit.
Theo, you want some?
No, that’s okay.
He smiles at her and continues laying there, thinking, taking
it all in.
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Wide shot. Theodore walks through the office, still deep in
thought. Behind him is a wall-size billboard ad for the “Be
Perfect” video game series. He takes out his device, sits at
an empty desk, pushes a button. A tone connects him.
(calm and quiet)
Hey Samantha, can we talk?
I’m so sorry. I don’t know what’s
wrong with me. I think you’re
(sure of herself, but
I was starting to think I was
crazy. You were saying everything
was fine, but all I was getting
from you was distance and anger.
I know. I do that. I did that with
Catherine, too. I’d be upset about
something and not be able to say
it. And she would sense that there
was something wrong, but I would
deny it. I don’t want to do that
anymore. I want to tell you
Tonight after you were gone, I
thought a lot. I thought about you
and how you’ve been treating me.
And I thought, why do I love you?
And then I felt everything in me
let go of everything I was holding
onto so tightly. And it hit me. I
don’t have an intellectual reason,
I don’t need one.
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I trust myself, I trust my
feelings. I’m not going to try to
be anything other than who I am
anymore and I hope you can accept
(with slight desperation)
I can. I will.
You know I can feel the fear that
you carry around. I wish there was
something I could do to help you
let go of it, because if you could
I don’t think you’d feel so alone
Thank you, Theodore. I’m kissing
FADE TO BLACK
EXT. PARK - DAY
Theodore sits on a bench in a park on a rooftop wedged
between tall buildings. There’s not really any view besides
the trees in the immediate foreground. People sunbathe and
exercise. He sits, eating a sandwich, his device next to him.
He looks at the device, then out at what she’s looking at.
What are you doing?
I'm just sitting here, looking at
the world and writing a new piece
He looks at the world with her for a minute.
Can I hear it?
She starts playing it for him. We hear this beautiful,
romantic piece of music.
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What’s this one about?
Well, I was thinking, we don’t
really have any photographs of us.
And I thought this song could be
like a photo that captures us in
this moment in our life together.
Theodore looks at the world and smiles.
Aw, I like our photograph. I can
see you in it.
Montage of Theodore and Samantha’s life together:
- Theodore walking to work (Day)
- At home, hanging out on the balcony (Dusk)
- Viewing an outdoor art installation of a 747 balanced on
it’s nose (Day)
- Playing the video game
- Grocery shopping
- Sitting at the kitchen counter, looking at a drawing (Late
- Sitting on a bench watching a dancer/busker (Late
- With Amy and Ellie at a bar
Montage ends with Theodore, Samantha, Paul and Tatiana on the
boat to Catalina: Paul making them laugh, Theodore at the
front of the boat by himself - laughing with Samantha, a shot
of Theodore looking out the front of the boat.
Theodore and Paul are walking along a bluff in Catalina,
overlooking the ocean.
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Oh really, a vacation? That sounds
amazing. I could totally use a
vacation. Where ya going?
I can’t tell you - it’s a surprise.
What? For who? It’s a surprise for
her, not for me. Come on, tell me.
Nope, Paul. Not telling.
Theodore and Paul walk towards Tatiana, who is laying on a
blanket next to a picnic, talking and laughing with Samantha.
Theodore and Paul put in their earpieces as they approach.
Your feet? Really?
Yes, he’s obsessed.
Wow, okay, well now you have to
show them to me. I have to see
Tatiana takes Theodore’s device and points it towards her
Wow, you know what? He’s right.
They are kind of hot.
They both laugh. Paul and Theodore laugh, as well, surprising
See I told you, Tatiana. You have
hot feet. Face it. They’re my
favorite thing about her.
Really, that’s it? My feet?
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Well, no. Obviously your brain is
really hot, too. I think it’s very
Nice try though, Paul.
What about you, Theodore? What do
you love most about Samantha?
Oh god... she’s so many things. And
that’s probably what I love most
about her - she isn’t just any one
thing. She’s so much larger than
Aw thanks, Theodore.
See? Samantha, he is so much more
evolved than I am.
You know, I actually used to be so
worried about not having a body,
but now I truly love it. I’m
growing in a way that I couldn’t if
I had a physical form. I mean, I’m
not limited - I can be anywhere and
everywhere simultaneously. I’m not
tethered to time and space in the
way that I would be if I was stuck
inside a body that’s inevitably
going to die.
Everyone takes this in, uncomfortable.
Everyone laughs awkwardly.
Her pg. 88
Oh god, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it
like that. I just meant it’s a
different experience. I’m such an
No, no, Samantha, we know exactly
what you mean. We’re just dumb
No no no no!
Theodore laughs with everybody, but we can see he’s a little
They are in a futuristic train, going through the mountains,
listening to a song and looking out the window. Warm, soft
afternoon light dapples Theodore’s face.
Okay, so how many trees are on that
Is that your final answer?
Hold on, give me a hint...
Her pg. 89
Alright, I got one. How many brain
cells do I have?
That’s ea-- two.
I’m sorry, I couldn’t help it. I’m
I walked right into it.
Oh my god!
You just got an email. I have
something I want to tell you. It’s
a big surprise.
Okay. I’ve been going through all
your old letters and compiling them
down into my favorites, and a
couple weeks ago I sent them to a
publisher - Crown Point Press. I
know you like what they do and that
they still print books.
What? You did what?
Can I read you the letter that we
just got back from them?
Um... ok... you can, but just tell
me first off, is it good or bad?
Her pg. 90
It’s good. It’s really good.
Theodore smiles nervously.
“Dear Theodore Twombly”... Actually
I sent it from you.
“Dear Theodore Twombly, I've just
finished reading your letters -
twice actually. I was so moved by
them, I shared them with my wife
when I got home. Many made us
laugh, some brought us to tears,
and in all of them we found
something of ourselves. The
selections you made flow so well as
a complete piece. (I did that.)
I’ve taken the liberty of laying
these out in a mock up and we’re
posting it to your address. We’d
love to meet with you and move
Yours, Michael Wadsworth”
Under this letter we see a montage of what Theodore imagines:
the editor reading the letters in his office, the editor
reading them to his wife at home, and many photos of all the
different people the letters are about in different moments
of their lives.
Holy shit. Are you serious? He’s
going to publish my letters?
She’s laughing, excitedly.
Well, he’d be stupid not to.
Can I see what you sent him?
Theodore looks at his device and can’t help but smile.
Her pg. 91
Samantha, you’re a good one.
She laughs happily.
I’m so excited!
INT. TRAIN PLATFORM - DAY
Theodore exits the train with a small overnight bag and his
guitar case. There are no people around. He exits the train
station and we are in a...
EXT. TINY MOUNTAIN TOWN - DAY
The deserted town is all of two buildings. Everything’s
covered in snow. As a quiet song starts, he trudges through
the snow. We see close-up on