I'm Your Man

Alma is a scientist at Berlin's famous Pergamon Museum. In order to obtain research funds for her studies, she accepts an offer to participate in an extraordinary experiment. For three weeks, she must live with a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence designed to allow it to morph into that of her ideal life partner. Enter Tom, a machine in human form, created to make her happy.

  • Released: 2021-07-01
  • Runtime: 105 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Stars: Maren Eggert, Dan Stevens, Sandra Hüller, Hans Löw, Annika Meier, Jürgen Tarrach, Wolfgang Hübsch, Henriette Richter-Röhl, Monika Oschek, Falilou Seck, Karolin Oesterling, Marlene Sophie Haagen, Victor Pape-Thies, Inga Busch, Amal Keller, Mignon Remé, Gabriel Munoz Munoz, Franz Schmidt, Christoph Glaubacker, Sebastian Schwarz, Annie Kathleen Trettin
  • Director: Maria Schrader
  • adamjohns-42575 - 2 September 2023
    "I Am Fully Functional" - Lt Commander Data.
    I'm Your Man (Ich Bin Dein Mensch) (2021) -

    Due to the language difference, I can't speak German, it was difficult to distinguish Dan Stevens quirks as Tom the artificial life form, based on how he said things and because he was supposed to be so realistic there were very few moments to indicate his robotic behaviour. As such I didn't fully buy him as an A. I. so much as somebody who might perhaps just be a little bit awkward in social situations.

    Personally I didn't think that Maren Eggert as Alma deserved him anyway. She was a rude and unpleasant, grumpy so and so.

    She seemed to show a prejudice towards Tom, but it was unclear whether it was because he was a robot or because he was a man or just an invader in her home.

    I started to wish for him to become the usual psycho-bot that these films usually depict and really hoped that he'd kill her off, because she was certainly not the interesting part of the tale.

    The general concept was very similar to many other stories and the formula was mostly typical of every romantic comedy ever made.

    And it kind of reminded me of every episode of 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' (1987-1994) where Data strived to become more human.

    Although it wasn't exactly full of CGI and so on, the few special effects and green screen moments did stick out, which took me out of the moment at times.

    It also got a bit dull around the mid point and I found that I started to think of the whole thing as a tad drawn out. I actually felt that it would have worked better as a short film with better pacing.

    It also had a very anticlimactic ending. I wanted a more definitive conclusion as to what had really occurred.

    Finally, as a general thought, I felt that if robots as a romantic partner ever became an option, their use would have to be restricted to people of a certain mentality or age, because as it was stated in the film, it would be too easy to just opt for an artificial lover, without ever learning how to interact with other humans, which could mean the end of the race as fewer children were born and so on, although the population might finally have a chance to even out and slow down a bit.

    The film however was not horrendous and perhaps for those who speak the language it might work on another level, but I didn't think it would be a film that I would return to.

  • arthur_tafero - 8 November 2022
    Better Than Average ROMCOM - Ich Bin Dein Mench (I'm Your Man)
    This little comedy out of Germany is quite entertaining and my surprise a few people. It is not just about sex or using a robot as a house slave. It is much more than that. There are some profound questions addressed in the film, such as how important is romantic love? And can happiness be found only with humans? These and other questions are addressed, but not necessarily answered, in the film.

    Germany looks superior to the US these days (although that is not saying much). It is clearly cleaner, more organized, and more civilized. This will not come as a shock to Germans. The film is funny in several places, especially when it comes to the obvious weaknesses of humans compared to robots. Humans do lots of stupid things, robots do not, humans are easily emotionally disturbed, robots are not, and humans are pretty illogical in many situations (thank you, Spock). This is a good formula for an entertaining ROMCOM. See it if you get the chance.
  • supermaggie - 26 April 2022
    Great questions and the best/truest conclusion ever
    A really clever, (in particular for women) highly enjoyable movie that asks clever and (increasingly) relevant questions and gives you enough information to make up your own mind/answers while coming to/having the main protagonist come to a very good and true solution herself - fantastic, witty, wonderful. I liked a lot that the lead woman was not having the hots for a(ny) man/men, but was an independent and working woman, I liked a lot how charming and yet somewhat sterile (believable as an android) Dan Stevens performed, that he did not just please her but also irked her by telling her that she was selfish, that many important angles were taken/shown, but the grubby field of physical contact did not get much space (no more than necessary). Well, well done. And like I said: the best conclusion ever!!! I cannot understand why this was not considered for an academy award - on the other hand: Beyond silence was also ignored in 1996, while Coda with the exact same plot was awarded best movie in 2022- not quite understandable.
  • bradh6886 - 16 January 2022
    I'm Your Man review
    I'M YOUR MAN is a charming and unique film on the human experience. The premise introduces itself cleverly and surprisingly never runs stale. Worried it could've gone for too much social commentary but the comedic airs kept it upbeat and downright funny. Great lead performance.