Melissa McCarthy is an actor so talented and so appealing, I would gladly watch her read the phone book. She is the only thing that makes “Superintelligence” watchable. McCarthy has turned in some knockout performances over the years (“St. Vincent,” “Bridesmaids,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) so we all know that she’s gifted at her craft. As per usual in her growing resume of passable mainstream vehicles, her abilities are mostly wasted. It’s stuff like this that makes me want to shake her and scream, “stop doing this to your career!”
McCarthy plays Carol Peters, a good-hearted woman who has just been called “the most average person on Earth” in yet another failed job interview. When a computer program known as Superintelligence (voice of James Corden) chooses to study her and learn all the can about the human race, he takes over all aspects of Carol’s life (including her car, clothes, and bank accounts). It’s fun at first, but soon the fate of the world hangs in the balance as the A.I. decides it wants to destroy humanity. It’s up to Carol to save the planet from the computer’s evil plan.
It’s an adequate premise that is flat and listless, and there isn’t much humor. The weak attempt at turning this into a romantic comedy doesn’t work, even though McCarthy and her co-star Bobby Cannavale have a terrific onscreen chemistry.
“Superintelligence” isn’t a total waste of time if you’re looking for something mindless to half pay attention to while you’re dozing off on your couch. I just wish McCarthy would wake up and make better choices that showcase her talent.