What if your phone became as obsessed with you as you have been with it?
Lionsgate has released the first trailer for upcoming comedy Jexi, starring Adam Devine as a phone-addicted pop culture writer whose latest phone upgrade brings with it quite the virtual assistant.
Like Siri gone-crazy, Jexi (voiced by Rose Byrne) begins to help Phil to get his life in order. But the more he begins to leave his phone dependency behind, the more Jexi become obsessed. It’s the kind of tech-can-help-us-until-it-wants-to-kill-us narrative we’ve seen play out in countless sci-fi films, although perhaps not too often in the comedy genre. Devine’s brand of humour is certainly a factor that will either attract or repel you, but, at least from the trailer below, it seems as though he’s keeping some of his more… livelier antics a little more contained here.
Interestingly, Byrne recently voiced another bit of troubling artificial intelligence in Netflix sci-fi thriller I Am Mother. She nailed the eerily human robotic expressions in that one, and she’ll probably be a big factor in making this work (assuming it, hopefully, does). Her, and Michael Peña as Phil’s boss. The cast includes Alexandra Shipp, Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, Justin Hartley, and Kid Cudi.
Directed and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore, the duo that previously wrote-directed comedies 21 & Over, Bad Moms and A Bad Moms Christmas, and also wrote The Hangover, Jexi will open in the US on October 11.
Official synopsis for Jexi:
From the writers of The Hangover and the writing/directing team behind Bad Moms comes the new comedy JEXI.
Phil (Adam Devine) has a major dependency issue – he’s addicted to his phone. He has no friends, he has a job writing pop culture “Top 10” lists, and his love life is non-existent. But his Facebook status is about to change. When he is forced to upgrade his phone, the latest model comes with an unexpected feature…Jexi (Rose Byrne) – an A.I. life coach, virtual assistant and cheerleader. With her help, Phil begins to get a real life. But as he becomes less dependent on his phone, Jexi’s artificial intelligence morphs into a tech nightmare determined to keep Phil all to herself, even if it means ruining his chances of finding success.