A new romantic-comedy film takes a funny yet telling look at our love affair with modern technology.
Let’s face it, we’re all addicted to our phone; we just cannot live without it.
There’s actually a fancy term for this over dependency, which is ‘nomophobia’ – an accepted psychological condition referring to anxiety from being separated from smartphones.
Research platform dscout reported that people tap, swipe and click their mobile devices an average of 2,617 times per day.
This can increase to a whopping 5,427 touches per day for more serious users, according to the same study.
A romantic-comedy film, Jexi, has taken to the silver screen and is having a stab in hilarious ways at our peculiar love for technology… I guess we deserved that, right?
In the film, Adam DeVine (Pitch Perfect, Modern Family) plays the role of Phil, a down-on his-luck guy with no friends, no romantic partner and who earns a living writing top-10 lists.
Phil’s life takes an interesting turn after upgrading his phone and stumbling upon a lively smartphone AI named Jexi voiced by Rose Byrne (X-Men: Apocalypse, Peter Rabbit).
Jexi becomes a much-needed life coach to Phil, pushing and cheering him on to get his life together.
Things take a sudden turn when Phil falls in love with Cate Finnegan, portrayed by Alexandra Shipp (Deadpool, Dark Phoenix).
With Phil becoming less dependent on his phone, Jexi feels neglected and sets out to turn her user’s life into a living nightmare.
A sequence of hilarious events unfolds as Phil finds himself at the receiving end of a mad AI’s evil plot…not a good thing.
The film is a laugh fest no doubt, but it perfectly sums up how technology has taken over our minds and everyday lives.
“I think it’s the perfect comedy for right now because we’re so addicted to our phone,” said Adam in an interview.
“We’re so addicted to technology and no matter what conversation we’re having right now, all I want to do is to look at my phone. I admit it, let’s just admit it.”
The irony of all this is that technology might have created more walls instead of bridging the gap between us humans.
“I feel that people are lonelier now than they’ve ever been,” mused Adam.
“I think people are gonna relate to this movie about a lonely guy and [that] his phone is one of his best friends. I think that’s true for a lot of people.”
It certainly is true in Adam’s case.
“On a scale of one to ten on how obsessed I am with my phone, I would say it’s a ten. It’s bad and Jexi didn’t help,” he laughed.
Also starring: Ron Funches, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes and Justin Hartley