Review: ‘I’m Your Man’ Questions the Idealism of a Robotic Romance
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?
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.
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.
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.
I'm Your Man is scheduled to be released in the U.S. on September 17, 2021.