Later, Chris mentioned in passing an article he read in which Her was not so well received, partly because the reviewer thought Spike Jonze (the director) stole his ex-wife Sofia Coppola's style.
Wait. What? SJ was married to SC, director of Lost in Translation? I had to dig deeper, so of course I went to Wikipedia. Apparently, they were divorced in December of 2003, the same year LIT came out. I couldn't help but note that Her was released in December of 2013, ten years later to the month of their divorce. Wiki also went on to say it was rumored that the lead's often-absent photographer husband in LIT was SC's version of her soon-to-be ex.
That's when it hit me that Scarlett Johansson was in both LIT and Her. I hadn't thought of it until then because she only lent the voice of Samantha who, as an OS, has no body. In LIT she played the lead, Charlotte, a girl trying to figure out what marriage is supposed to be.
I don't believe that the style, casting, or release date of Her is a mere coincidence. And I hardly think that SJ, the powerhouse director of "Being John Malkovich" and "Where the Wild Things Are" needs to siphon creativity from his fellow filmmakers.
I believe, as does Chris, that Her is a response to LIT and in turn a response to Coppola herself. *SPOILER ALERT* After all, Her is a movie about dealing with with divorce and coming out alive, though never unaltered or unscathed. Even still, at the end Theodore is able to send his ex-wife an email wishing her well, perhaps something Jonze himself was unable to do until now.
And in a world where we see celebrities duke it out in the media too often, it's a pop culture right just to imagine that this might be a conversation of emotions through art...good art, nonetheless.