“Jexi” (Lionsgate)

Adam DeVine stars in a scene from the movie "Jexi." The Catholic News Service classification is O -- morally offensive. (CNS/CBS films)

By Catholic News Service

Vulgar one-joke comedy about a cellphone-addicted San Francisco internet worker (Adam Devine) whose life is turned upside down when he acquires a new device that comes equipped with the virtual assistant of the title (voice of Rose Byrne), an insulting, domineering personality determined to get him out of his lonely rut. She assists his romance with a bicycle store owner (Alexandra Shipp) and fosters his friendship with two co-workers (Charlyne Yi and Ron Funches), but ultimately proves disturbingly possessive.

The laughs to be derived from a sneering Siri and obvious social commentary on the prevalence of obsession with the internet are about all co-writers and directors Jon Lucas and Scott Moore have to offer. So they pad their story with relentless gutter talk, tasteless gags and faux feel-good scenes. The result is bilge by the bay.

Strong sexual content, including full nudity and implied premarital activity, benignly viewed drug use, about a half-dozen profanities, pervasive rough and crude language. The Catholic News Service classification is O — morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.

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