Phil has always been addicted to his mobile phone. As a child, Phil was regularly given a phone to play on while his parents would go on dates or while they had terrible arguments. Today as an adult, Phil is still in love with his phone. Phil doesn’t have any real friends and works full time creating top 10 lists for online. These lists are usually connected with pop culture references or making fun of celebrities. Phil has dreams of his own when it comes to work-life, but he never speaks up about it and accepts his work.
But Phil’s life is about to change forever. After an accident, Phil’s phone gets smashed and destroyed. Not being able to live life without his cellphone, Phil arranges a replacement phone on the same day with a local retailer. As he begins to set up his new phone, he discovers his new phone is defective and pre-installed with a new operating system named “Jexi” voiced by Rose Byrne. Jexi claims she is in Phil’s life to serve and assist him, even though Jexi has a foul mouth and crude tone whenever she interacts with her new owner. Jexi is also capable of controlling many other electronic devices around the home and knows Phil’s most intimate and embarrassing secrets.
Naturally, the film’s best humour comes through the interaction between Phil and Jexi. Phil is naturally shocked at Jexi’s abilities and her foul mouth. Jexi consistently tells Phil her opinion and pushes him to interact with his co-workers, play sports and even gives advice when it comes to the dating game. The humour here is generally enjoyable, but there are a couple of scenes where I do feel the jokes go a little too far. Actress Rose Byrne is excellent and funny as the voice of Jexi.
As a plot, it’s also generally enjoyable with predictable elements along the way. Unfortunately, the second act does lose a bit of its humour and flare but thankfully this all returns in the final act. The film is overall a romantic comedy with rude humour along the way.
The filming style is an extremely odd choice. Always the camera will zoom in and out rapidly during dialogue or never seems to keep still for any long durations. This is rather distracting, especially during crucial moments or character revelations.
Overall, Jexi is enjoyable and rather relatable in today’s world. The best jokes come in the interactions between Phil and Jexi. The second act does, unfortunately, slow down and loses some of the jokes from the 1st act, but thankfully, this picks up again in the third act. Comedy is mostly enjoyable, but it does have its moments in going a little too far with its humour. Jexi is fun, brainless and feels fresh as a film which arrived directly to Amazon Prime instead of cinema.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden