jexi movie review - Aussieboyreviews
IS JEXI TOO MUCH OF A RAUNCHY LOOK AT ‘TECHNOLOGY ADDICTION’?
Jexi is the new-and-improved smartphone that links to your data, cusses at you and tries to ‘make your life better’. It’s funny but flat comedy that stars Adam DeVine is high in raunchy humour.
Phil ignores all social interactions and his only “friend” is his smartphone. All of this changes when he buys a new smartphone with a Siri-like AI that starts to control his life.
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Adam DeVine, Alexandra Shipp, Rose Byrne, Michael Peña, Charlyne Yi, Justin Hartley, Ron Funches, Kid Cudi
Writer: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Release Date (Australia): 1 February 2020
Runtime: 84 minutes/1h 24m
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: USA, Canada
CONTENT GUIDE (WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
The film features strong themes in the form of frequent crude humour.
A man punches another man in the throat.
The film contains frequent use of “f**k” language and use of the words “s**t”, “d**k”, “bitch” and “**shole”.
The film contains a scene in which people people are depicted smoking marijuana. There are also several crude drug references.
The film contains brief images of a man’s genitalia.
The film contains crude sexual humour, including frequent references to sex, pornography and masturbation.
R (for strong/crude sexual content and language throughout, some drug use and graphic nudity)
Aussie boy's thoughts
Jon Lucas and Scott Moore are the screenwriting and sometimes directing comedy team that only barely make this film from their crass writing function. Yeah, their phone-addicted comedy makes for a simple watch, dispensing raunchy jokes and an entertaining fashion of their amusingly agreeable concept, but it’s weak in general.
Jexi features Adam DeVine as an average funny man with a content job who can’t get his eyes off his screens, mainly consisting of his phones. Rose Byrne is insanely funny as the unrecognisable voice of the main character’s new phone system, frequently cussing and talking raunchy. It’s just extra comical considering ‘Jexi’ the phone system is similar to Alexa.
What’s kind of flattening about this movie is, not concerning about its quick runtime, the ups and the downs. It’s kind of what’s needed to achieve a decent comedy, but whilst Jexi does things that end up with DeVine making more friends and improving his social life, the negatives are irritating and unsatisfying. Other than that, the film isn’t serious and is just a watch and simply forget.
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