Movie Review: Jexi (2019)

Synopsis: Phil is a cell-phone dependent social outcast in a dead-end job. When his phone is broken, he is forced to replace it and discovers his new device comes with a virtual assistant named Jexi. Jexi delivers on her promise to make Phil's life better. However, when he becomes less reliant on her as a result of his better life, she quickly turns jealous and is determined to bring him back under her control.

Who's in it? The movie stars Adam Devine, Rose Byrne, Alexandra Shipp, Ron Funches and Wanda Sykes.

Review: I wound up putting this movie on my Netflix list mostly because it looked somewhat different. However, since I'm not a huge fan of comedies (especially romantic comedies), I did have quite a few doubts about whether this film would end up delivering. My wife and I watched it on Saturday and, overall, I have to say it exceeded my expectations but still fell a little short of its full potential.

I think the best way to describe this movie is it has some funny moments, especially when Jexi (Byrne) gives Phil (Devine) her unfiltered life advice and makes sure everyone around him hears it. However, there really isn't a whole lot about this film that really makes it memorable.

In fact, to be honest, the film is extremely predictable. My wife and I were easily able to guess what was going to happen next pretty much at any point throughout the film. OK, to be fair, I don't think either of us predicted the "sex" scene between Adam and Lexi. But, that's only because that was much more weird than it was funny.

One thing this movie desperately needed was some sort of unexpected twist. For example, if Jexi had been sincerely trying to help Phil, proved to be completely incompetent and ultimately forced him to start relying more on himself, I think it would have been a better movie overall. Or, maybe have her give him sound advice that doesn't seem to be working at first but winds up being part of a surprise master plan. Either would have given the movie a little more substance.

Final Opinion: I think this movie had some potential. However, that potential was mostly untapped because of a focus on quick laughs and not much effort to make this movie stand out.

My Grade: C


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