A Frank Movie Review
JEXI – 3 out of 10.
In a Word: Hunk-a-junk
First of all, do not bring kids to this movie. Sure, they’ve all heard the dirty words and seen suggestive stuff before, but this film was an overdose pushing the proverbial envelope to the edge of acceptability. There comes a time when kids need to know the barriers between art and pure garbage. Bringing a 12 year-old, even a 17 year-old to a movie like this sends a message that vile language, revolting behavior and references to male body parts – including pictures of pictures – is not acceptable in a venue that helps mold the minds and hearts of kids.
Yes, there were a few funny scenes that made me laugh, which is why I didn’t give the movie a zero. Rotten Tomatoes, on line, probably the most prestigious review site, awarded Jexi one star out of five.
The premise was clever enough, if only the writers and director would have realized that excessive filth and immorality does not define humor.
In a wrap, the movie is about a wussy fellow (Adam Devine), single, in his 20’s who is addicted to his cell phone to a point where the female voice on the other end of the phone (Jexi) not only dominates his life, she becomes his judge, jury and confidant. He has no friends, he has a job writing pop culture. He is devoid of relationships. When he is forced to upgrade his phone, the latest model comes with an unexpected feature… Jexi (Rose Byrne) — an A.I. life coach, virtual assistant and cheerleader. With her help, Phil begins to get a real life. But as he becomes less dependent on his phone, Jexi’s artificial intelligence morphs into a tech nightmare. He eventually lands a relationship with Cate, (played by Alexandra Shipp).
Shipp is beautiful and obviously a good actress. She should be tagged for better roles in Hollywood.
The one valid message the movie sends is how digital our mind and hearts have become in the absence of true eye-to-eye communications. I fear it is but a sign of the future.
A.I. is the way of the future (Artificial Intelligence) I’m glad have lived in the best of times.
I give this movie 3 out of 10.