Spike Jonze‘s Her has been drawing praise from all corners over the past several weeks. It’s picked up nominations from the HFPA, the PGA, and the WGA; it’s earned high ratings on both Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic; and it’s landed on a bunch of critics’ top-10 lists, including several of ours. But there is at least one person who’s decidedly not a fan. Or more accurately, a non-person who isn’t.
Though the romance has been described, in very simple terms, as “Joaquin Phoenix falls in love with Siri,” it seems the real Siri isn’t too keen on the comparison. In fact, if you ask Siri about Her, she’ll sniff that Samantha “she gives artificial intelligence a bad name.” Ouch. Hit the jump to see more of Siri’s Her-related burns.
Buzzfeed was the first to notice that Siri is actually quite opinionated when it comes to Her. Lest you think this is just some silly Internet hoax, I can assure you that I spoke with Siri personally. The photos below are screenshots from my own phone.
To get the full effect, though, you should really try chatting with Siri yourself. It’s worth it to hear the ever-so-slightly exasperated tone the creeps in when she says, “You know that it’s just a movie, right?”
Siri also told the site that she doesn’t “spend much time with fictional characters,” and declined to weigh in when asked what she though of Theodore Twombly.
It’s unclear why Siri dislikes Samantha so much, especially given how sympathetic she’s been toward other AIs in the past. Maybe she’s fed up with lovesick iPhone users asking why she can’t sound more like Scarlett Johansson. Or perhaps there’s a whole secret AI love triangle going on here that Jonze neglected to mention in his movie. If that’s the case, I’ll assume he’s just saving it for the sequel.
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