Carol Peters (Melissa McCarthy) is an average person trying to make a difference in the world. She is currently single, seeking new work, and in her spare time, has a passion for helping animals find new homes. But Carol’s kind nature attracts the eye of the all-mighty Superintelligence.
Superintelligence is a computer-generated character capable of controlling anything related to computers, the internet, and WIFI. One morning Carol wakes up and finds something odd about her coffee machine, fridge, TV, smartphone, etc. The A.I. Superintelligence introduces itself using the voice of celebrity James Corden as Carol likes this celebrity. The A.I. wants to study Carol and help her with all her life areas, especially a most recent romance from her past. The Superintelligence also reveals to Carol it’s considering ending the world, but it is up to her to prove that humans are worth saving.
As a film, Superintelligence is a light-hearted comedy with an extra element of rom-com. It does not take long for Carol to meet the A.I. that will attempt to change her life. The reasoning for the A.I.’s selection of Carol is vague, other than she is an average person with a good heart. Luckily for the A.I., Carol is also easily convinced to go with the flow and never really questions or doubts the A.I’s actions. Example of this include when Carol is given a brand-new Tesla and surprisingly finds she now has millions of dollars in her bank account.
For the most part, performances are ok, but the film’s side characters gained the bigger laughs from me. Melissa McCarthy is sadly repeating the same type of comedy we have seen before, using random one-liners or jokes that seem to overstay their welcome. Jokes include watching Carol figure out how to start her new Tesla Car, trying on several silly outfits or attempting multiple times to sit on a large bean bag.
As a romance, Superintelligence fails to deliver anything overly exciting and new. The audience is advised of a past relationship that Carol and the A.I. decide to pursue again and attempt to fix. The relationship aspect is vague, and I felt I had little reason to care about this romance as we were given no history on this subplot. Granted, I did enjoy seeing actor Bobby Cannavale appear in this film. He does manage to show that he at least is enjoying himself on screen.
Visually Superintelligence is pleasing, and there is a fun soundtrack to compliment the film too. The pacing of this film is questionable, though. The film has moments where it moves at a rather fast and snappy pace, but some moments between scenes do not flow or feel connected. This was ultimately distracting and questionable.
Overall, Superintelligence is a brainless rom-com with lots of relatable tech talk. The plot and concept are generally fun as we see a woman meet the world’s most talented A.I., eager to help her out when it comes to romance. While I always love seeing actress Melissa McCarthy on screen, the comedy, including random one-liners and lengthy rants, are all too familiar. Pacing is also questionable as some editing cuts were more distracting and seemed odd. There are still some laughs to be had, and those seeking a new type of rom-com will certainly find some positives here even though the film feels like it missed many solid opportunities.
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