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Jexi

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Underwhelming raunchy comedy has tons of language, sex talk.
  • R
  • 2019
  • 84 minutes

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 16+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Promotes unplugging sometimes, being in the moment, making real friendships and connections with others. The story exposes how overly dependent people can be on technology (smartphones, social media, and more).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Phil learns to be more assertive, confident, social. He recognizes the importance of unplugging from his phone, being observant of his surroundings, appreciating people. Cate tries to encourage Phil to get off his phone, be in the moment, enjoy being with friends. Before Jexi goes off the rails, she pushes Phil to go after his goals.

Violence

Phil crashes on a bike and suffers a minor injury. Physical comedy as Phil attempts to play kickball. A self-driving car chases Phil, crashes into a phone store.

Sex

Many references to pornography and masturbation. Long joke about virginity. Flirting, kissing, and one sex scene (not much shown) that takes place in a semi-public place (backstage at a concert). Jexi asks Phil to plug and unplug the sync cord in a way that leads the phone to "orgasm." There's also an extended sequence of Phil taking photos of his penis (photos of which are then shown), which Jexi later sends to his entire work email list.

Language

Constant use of extremely strong language includes "motherf----r," "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "ass," "bitch," "d--k," "p---y," "goddammit," "crackheads," etc.

Consumerism

Apple products: MacBook, Mac desktop, iPhone. Also Prius, Nokia.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults drink and smoke marijuana.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jexi is a raunchy comedy about Phil (Adam Devine), a lovable loser who ends up in a toxic relationship with his smartphone's virtual assistant (voiced by Rose Byrne). She turns his life upside down but ultimately for the better. Expect nonstop use of extremely strong language ("motherf----r," "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," and more) and lots of sexual innuendo. There are also references to pornography, virginity, masturbation, sexting (including full-frontal pictures), and more. Adults use alcohol and drugs (marijuana). The movie does invite audiences to think about whether they're too reliant on technology and about the importance of digital well-being and placing friendships and relationships before devices.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byD D October 14, 2019

Reviewer should’ve given this 18+

Not surprisingly, the reviewer gave this film an age rating of 16+ instead of 18+ even though it shows male genitalia. There has yet to be a film reviewed on th... Continue reading
Parent Written byTami L. October 12, 2019

Rough, Even For Adults

The basic message of putting down the phone to engage in actual human interaction is good. However, the movie is filled with thousands (not kidding) of expletiv... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written by230fatpanda October 20, 2019

It’s a must see

I thought it was a very good movie even though there is some swearing. There was some nudity and sexual references but it’s still a very good movie. The ending... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byBubsimodragon October 16, 2019

Hilarious but lots of inappropriate material

The basic message of putting down the phone to engage in actual human interaction is good. However, the movie is filled with thousands (not kidding) of expletiv... Continue reading

What's the story?

Written and directed by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, JEXI follows lonely San Francisco listicle writer Phil (Adam Devine), who uses his smartphone for everything from finding the fastest way to work to ordering his nightly meal. One day, when his phone is accidentally cracked, Phil buys a replacement that has a brand-new virtual assistant named Jexi (voiced by Rose Byrne). Foul-mouthed and sarcastic (and obviously defective), Jexi wants to help Phil succeed, so she uses her knowledge of all his passwords to send emails and texts on his behalf, help him get promoted, and even strike up a romantic relationship with vintage bike shop owner Cate (Alexandra Shipp). But soon Jexi starts to have "feelings" for Phil and sabotages the better life she helped him create.

Is it any good?

Despite the talented cast, this tech-gone-wild comedy is neither as original nor as funny as you might expect. It starts off with potential, considering how devoted Phil is to his smartphone. As put-upon wireless store clerk Denice (Wanda Sykes) declares, Phil and his fellow millennials are like addicts when it comes to their phones. They simply can't function. But once Jexi is activated, the jokes are mostly limited to her outrageously foulmouthed AI voice denigrating every aspect of Phil's life. The novelty of the humor wears off quickly, and by the time Jexi proclaims her love for Phil, the jokes have worn out their welcome.

One of the movie's worst aspects is its meet-cute romance. Shipp's Cate is an appealing dream girl, but her date with Phil is cringeworthy at best, even after they start connecting. That Phil is suddenly turned into a kickball god and a serious journalist thanks to his blossoming relationship is laughable (and not in a good way). On the bright side, both Sykes and Michael Pena are on hand as entertaining supporting characters who poke fun at Phil and deliver genuinely funny lines. Charlyne Yi and Ron Funches are mildly entertaining as Phil's co-workers who finally convince him to join them for drinks and sports after work. Jexi's workplace comedy works better than its personal comedy, but ultimately there's not enough charm or heart to make it worth seeing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the amount of language and sexual innuendo in Jexi. Are they necessary to the story? Who do you think the film's intended audience is? How can you tell?

  • What message is the movie sending viewers? Do you agree that it's important to not be overly dependent on technology? What does "digital well-being" mean to you?

  • What are the consequences of alcohol and/or drug use here? Is it important that consequences be part of substance use stories? Why?

Movie details

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