One sign that your movie has permeated our pop culture? Saturday Night Live skewers you in a spoof short. So congratulations to the Oscar-nominated Her, because host Jonah Hill ribbed you over the weekend in the spot-on clip Me. Watch it above, via NBC’s YouTube page.
The jokes are obvious in spots, picking on the high-waisted fashion of Spike Jonze’s futuristic love story, or lampooning the inherent creepiness of Hill’s character – and, by extension, Joaquin Phoenix’s character – having sex with an operating system. The bigger joke, however, is that Hill sometimes gets roasted by his colleagues for having a bit of an ego, so having a short where Hill falls in love with an OS with his own voice is like a meta insult carried out by Jonah Hill, himself. And with that, the serpent has swallowed its own tail.
But wait! Stick around long enough, and Me becomes a Superbad reunion, as Michael Cera stops by to play a surrogate lover in a deeply disturbing love scene. And when you consider all of the subliminal undertones beneath the bromance in Superbad, this just feels like the culmination of a decades-long romance between Hill and Cera.
Cera wasn’t the only all-star joining Hill on SNL Saturday night. During his monologue, the two-time Oscar nominee was joined by his Wolf of Wall Street co-star Leonardo DiCaprio, who had words of warning about keeping one’s ego in check. Then they did a Titanic homage. It was adorable.
Wolf and Her are competing for various Oscars this awards season, so it’s fun to see players of one film gently swiping at a "rival." See both, if you haven’t yet. We’ve also had some sun Her goodies drop recently, including a free stream of the movie’s brilliant score.
Then tune in to see how both movies do during the Oscars on March 2.