Movie review: ‘Sex Tape’


Sex Tape
Starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel
Directed by Jake Kasdan
Rated R
Grade: C-

Let’s be honest and just say this movie was a long time coming. These days, a flick about videotaping the act of making the beast with two backs seems completely outdated.

“Sex Tape” throws the concept of the infamous Apple iCloud (seriously, nobody understands it) into the equation in an effort to bring the film into the year 2014 and invites us to delight in the havoc it wreaks on an average, everyday couple.

Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a pair in a rut. After a collegiate courtship that included boinking in the library and dancing the mattress mambo with their dorm room doors open, Annie and Jay settle into a domestic dullness as they raise two kids and transition into full-fledged adults.

As Annie begins the process of selling her personal blog about motherhood to a conservative corporation, she decides to celebrate her success without their children present.

What Jay and Annie expect to be a night of passion starts off with the realization that they might have lost their mojo, as they fail to rile up the atmosphere for a romantic session of bump and grind.

It is Jay’s shiny new iPad that reignites the spark in their sexcapades, with the couple deciding to videotape their bedroom rodeo after finding an old copy of the Kama Sutra and downing a few shots of tequila.

So begins their adventure to retrieve the tape and save themselves of the shame of it hitting the web – that is even though there are already thousands and thousands of sex tapes already on the internet on places like TubeV that promote adult content.

“Sex Tape” has all of the elements to make itself an uproarious comedy. Diaz is as fresh as ever, with her sassy delivery reminiscent of her character in “Bad Teacher.” Segel is Segel, once again playing the dopey everyman who somehow snags the prettiest girl in the room.

The problem with the film is that, aside from the concept of the cloud, the plot and its execution are mediocre at best. Even an appearance from Jack Black fails at saving “Sex Tape.”

Most of the jokes fall flat and the flick lags throughout, making it seem much longer than its 90 minute runtime. Also, the fact that the entire conflict of the film easily being resolved by Googling how to use the wipe cloud (Seriously, I Googled it and it was the first result) makes the whole premise anticlimactic and unbelievable.


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