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About the Movie
Joe (Martin Starr) is a programmer with a crippling anxiety problem who is unable to deal with uncertainty. At work he is tasked with creating an interactive call center answering machine that can convey empathy. Joe recruits his wife Emily (Mae Whitman) who has the perfect voice for the system. Emily works at the front desk of a swanky hotel during the day and has an uncanny ability to soothe even the most irate guests (at night she performs with a comedy group). After years of being happily married, the pressures of work, family, and personal growth have strained their relationship. Emily sees this as an opportunity to reinvigorate their marriage and agrees to participate. What begins as a collaboration to strengthen their relationship quickly spirals out of control. Terrified of the uncertainty in their relationship, Joe becomes obsessed with creating the “perfect” version of his wife, becoming detached from the real Emily as he spends sleepless nights programming his automated Emily to fulfill his needs for sex and companionship. While Joe is losing touch with reality, Emily is losing faith in their future together. Joe will have to relinquish control and face the uncertainties of life if he wants to save their marriage.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 5
- Fresh: 5
- Rotten: 0
- Average Rating: 7.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Emotionally engrossing if not 100% persuasive in its last act, it balances techno-alienation and warmth in ways that will resonate with art-house audiences.
Fresh: Begins as a very funny comedy, but its two lead performances (including the best work of Whitman's career) carry the film to uncommon insight into how we relate, emote and will always need the spontaneity of the human experience.
A whole lot of psycho-drama...
but movie coaxes you along the crazy train...to encourage you to believe in promises. I like that all the characters didn't throw the towel in...even when it got weird. Friends are friends. Spouses are spouses. Family is family. I like that.
We turned it off
This showed a lot of promise in the beginning. But it didn't stay compelling, nor convincing. We turned it off about 3/4 through. But renting it might have been worth it just to watch Retta Skype-hang up on a roomful of hipster millenials.
I've never wanted to "return" a film before but this one made me wish I'd never clicked "rent and watch now" about ten minutes in. Save your money. Just say no.