Sunday, October 20, 2019     Volume: 20, Issue: 33
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Santa Maria Sun / Film

This weeks review
ABDOMINABLE
AD ASTRA
AVENGERS: ENDGAME
BINGEABLE: Barry
BINGEABLE: FLEABAG
BINGEABLE: GRACE AND FRANKIE
BINGEABLE: INTO THE DARK
BINGEABLE: RUSSIAN DOLL
BINGEABLE: STRANGER THINGS 3
BINGEABLE: THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY
BINGEABLE: THE SINNER (SEASON 2)
BLAST FROM THE PAST: FRIENDS
BLAST FROM THE PAST: HOUSE
BLAST FROM THE PAST: OLDBOY
BLAST FROM THE PAST: RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE MATRIX
BLAST FROM THE PAST: UNDER SIEGE 2: DARK TERRITORY
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT
BRITTANY RUNS A MARATHON
CRAWL
DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD
DOWNTON ABBEY
GEMINI MAN
GUILTY PLEASURE: THE HANGOVER
GUILTY PLEASURES: BARBIE LIFE IN THE DREAMHOUSE
HATEWATCH: CHOPPED
HATEWATCH: FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER’S MONSTER, FRANKENSTEIN
HEARST CASTLE: BUILDING THE DREAM
HUSTLERS
IT: CHAPTER 2
JEXI
JUDY
MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL
MILES DAVIS: BIRTH OF THE COOL
ONCE UPON A TIME … IN HOLLYWOOD
RAMBO: LAST BLOOD
SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME (EXTENDED CUT)
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN
THE BIGGEST LITTLE FARM
THE GOLDFINCH
THE PEANUT BUTTER FALCON
UNDERRATED: BATMAN BEGINS
UNDERRATED: SHUTTER ISLAND
UNDERRATED: THE BATTERED BASTARDS OF BASEBALL
UNDERRATED: THE FALLING
YESTERDAY
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP

JEXI

PHOTO BY PHOTO COURTESY OF CBS FILMS

JEXI


Where is it playing?: Parks Plaza

What's it rated?: R

What's it worth?: $Don't bother (Glen Starkey)

User Rating: 0.00 (0 Votes)

Co-directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (21&Over, Bad Moms) tackle issues of smartphone dependency and technology’s ever increasing presence in our lives in this romantic comedy about a Siri-like artificial intelligence software that comes to life—kind of.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone could make a really fantastic movie or TV show about technology going too far? Maybe something about someone becoming grossly dependent on some kind of artificial intelligence software, or that artificial software becoming too close to human, or, I don’t know, maybe something about the weird fake lives we display on social media and the detrimental impacts that can have on our mental health. 

Oh wait. We already have a million really great shows and movies to watch revolving around those very relevant themes, all the way from Blade Runner (1982) to Black Mirror (2011—present).

So why anyone would choose to make Jexi—which is essentially Her (2013) mixed with a little Ingrid Goes West (2017) and a dash of I, Robot (2004), but without any of the good jokes and poignancy—is a total mystery to me. 

In this epic example of complete mediocrity, a white guy named Phil (Adam Devine) is sad, lonely, and leading a monotonous and unfulfilling life. I know—it’s difficult to imagine any movie starting in such a unique way. What is somewhat unusual about Phil, although it’s becoming less unusual every day, is his overt dependence on his phone and all it has to offer: GPS, banking information, social media, movie streaming, and, mainly, ultimate distraction from reality.

He’s always looking down at his phone, he’s always home alone, and he’s never making real human connections or having real experiences.

Then something miraculous happens. Phil bumps into a super hot chick (way too hot for him, of course) named Cate (Alexandra Shipp), and breaks his phone. He gets a new one that’s installed with a rogue artificial intelligence software named Jexi (Rose Byrne), who has a wild and almost human personality all her own.

Through an intense and often questionable tough love approach, Jexi helps Phil make real-life friends, score dates with Cate, and secure his dream job, but all goes south when Jexi becomes infatuated with Phil and grows determined to keep him all to herself.

I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a movie that evokes so little emotion. Watching it was like watching nothing. It wasn’t really funny. It wasn’t really cute. The phone itself put on a better performance than any of the actors, and it definitely didn’t inspire me to put down my phone and “start living,” or whatever. 

The best outcome the creators of Jexi can hope for is that it’s left unwatched by the masses and never remembered, which should be easy, since it was utterly forgettable. (84 min.) 

—Kasey Bubnash




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