Jexi (2019)

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Phil has a major dependency issue – he’s addicted to his phone. He has no friends, he has a job writing pop culture “Top 10” lists, and his love life is non-existent. But his Facebook status is about to change. When he is forced to upgrade his phone, the latest model comes with an unexpected feature…Jexi – 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 determined to keep Phil all to herself, even if it means ruining his chances of finding success.

Sometimes you stumble upon a movie and think, “what the hell, I’ll check it out.”

Sometimes it turns out to be a bad idea, and you’re left wishing you could have that time back.  Occasionally though, you’re left pleasantly surprised.

Jexi was one of those pleasant surprises.  I have to start by saying that I find Adam Devine thoroughly entertaining in everything – the guy deserves to be a mega star – and likely will be sometime soon.  Check him out in The Righteous Gemstones – that series is gold, and then there’s Workaholics…

Did you see 2013’s Her, starring Joaquin Phoenix?  Jexi flips that script on its head.  Just imagine what would happen in this day and age, if Hey Google, Siri or Alexa were to become obsessed with you, to the point of ruining your life – that’s where Jexi takes us, and the results are hilarious.

As I said, Adam Devine is great, but the real star of this show is Rose Byrne as the voice of Jexi.  She does such a wonderful job, that I can’t picture any other actor pulling it off.  She brings a dry sense of humour to the table, and it works exceptionally well.

Elsewhere, Michael Pena is incredibly over the top, but quite funny in his role.

It’s low budget, but it’s well worth the viewing for the laughs, and it’s a fairly original concept too, which is less and less common in this age of sequels and reboots.

Check it and have a laugh!

7/10

Rick Trewin.

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