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First of all, I'd like to say that Her was a terrific movie!

But given the scene when the OS was asking about Theodore's relationship with his mother (as can be seen here), I'd like to know what was going on in the screenwriter's head, i.e. what was the hidden meaning behind this scene?

(I should add that I have an answer, and it's a doozie! It came to me in a dream. But I'd like to know what other people think about this scene.)

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I always thought it was the OS was initiating psychometric profile of Theodore, and the fact that it asks him about his mother was perhaps a humorous Freudian reference that compounds this.

I didn't realize there was anything ulterior going on in this scene. With enough reputation, you can post an answer to your own question, so keep with it (although asking a question you already have the answer to could be considered bad form, so be careful).

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@AnkitSharma ... and you should be completely aware of this since you asked the question on the Meta site. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Jan 30 '14 at 13:59
@DigiWongaDude "But let me see if I can't guide you a little with philosophical questioning techniques [...] I'll give you a clue to one half of this coin. It has to something to do with an egg timer." - You seem to really take this for a quiz show. Tell us about your theories or ask the answerer about unclarities or inconsistencies in his'. But trying to "guide" the answerer with "clues" in order to conclude at your answer seems strange at best. – Napoleon Wilson Jan 30 '14 at 14:41
@DigiWongaDude And as to answering your own question, this is absolutely no problem, even if you know the answer beforehand. But in this case you could have just used the option "answer your own question" to post the answer simultanuously with the question instead of giving it a weird quiz show by-taste of seeing if other people arrive at the correct (i.e. your) answer, too. – Napoleon Wilson Jan 30 '14 at 14:44
@DigiWongaDude I wasn't calling anyone that way. All I was calling "strange" and "weird" was the way this question was presented, which is natural for a newbie and not inherently bad (and hasn't in any way been downvoted or anything, at least before the question turned into spam 6 mins ago). You have been explained the rules (I know rules are dogmatism) thoroughly. All you need to do is post your answer. – Napoleon Wilson Jan 30 '14 at 15:14
@DigiWongaDude A shame you edited it in this way. Put it back I liked the question :) – Travis Jan 30 '14 at 15:18

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