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Superintelligence - HBO Max Original Movie Review

Updated: May 14

In Superintelligence Melissa McCarthy plays the world’s most average person, picked by an AI entity (voiced by James Corden) to save the world. There is nothing special about her Carol Peters character, aside from the fact that she is single, and her life’s passion to make the world a better place.

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Plot of Superintelligence

I always get nervous anytime I see Ben Falcone working with McCarthy. Falcone is McCarthy's real-life husband and the director of this film.

He manages to take a supremely overqualified supporting cast with Bobby Cannavale, Brian Tyree Henry, and Jean Smart and strand them with nothing to do. It feels like they are standing around waiting for the movie to end, just like the viewers.

There is a plot to work through, though, and it is oddly convoluted. Carol was a high-tech “big wig” at Yahoo! who chucked it all, to live a more altruistic existence, volunteering at Seattle pet adoptions. Falcone loves his filler aerial shots of Seattle - you will feel as if you have seen the entire city and parts of Newcastle and Whidbey Island, by the time this thing is done.

Easter Eggs

“Superintelligence” does not move fast enough to deny viewers sufficient time to notice gaping plot holes and character inconsistencies. But there are plenty of pleasant distractions provided by the superabundance of wink-wink pop-culture allusions sprinkled throughout the dialogue.

The NSA agents converse knowingly about the real James Corden’s career; one actually caught his Tony Award-winning performance in “One Man, Two Guvnors.” Superintelligence attempts a darkly comical joke with a reference to “War Games.” A gag about “Knight Rider” comes complete with William Daniels’ voice work as K.I.T.T. And on and on.

Should you Watch it? - Yes, If there's nothing else on!

McCarthy is every bit as daft as you would expect her to be as the star of a hand-tooled star vehicle, even though her starring role is surprisingly underwritten. Multiple scenes for this film were shot on the Georgia Tech Campus in Atlanta, Georgia.

The beginning of this film kept me engaged, but as it continued the jokes became tiresome. This film is too mature for young children and tweens, but teenagers and adults won’t find this movie very funny. This movie does not take itself seriously and neither should you. Superintelligence is a production that is, at its best, super average.

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