Review: ‘I’m Your Man’ Questions the Idealism of a Robotic Romance

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If the men of Stepford can have their perfect Stepford Wives and K can have his holographic girlfriend Joi in Blade Runner 2040, why shouldn’t someone have a custom-made robotic boyfriend that looks like Dan Stevens?

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German filmmaker Maria Schrader unwraps this moral dilemma by positioning the film’s protagonist as a very literal, reason-based academic who is invited to test out a new program that would create the perfect robot boyfriend designed to meet her every need both physically and mentally.

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Despite her reservations, Alma (Maren Eggert) goes through with the assignment and brings Tom (Dan Stevens) home for a 3-week trial with a very rigid set of rules.

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She doesn’t really want him to speak to her, she doesn’t want to engage romantically with him, and he is to “sleep” in a converted closet.

While I’m Your Man is no episode of Black Mirror, it does force its audience to consider a future where all of your romantic needs could be met with the aid of an algorithm and a pretty face.

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I'm Your Man is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2021.

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