Sex Tape

PLOT:

Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in THE JOY OF SEX in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea, until they discover that their most private video has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure – tracking down leads, roping in friends, duping Annie’s boss – all to reclaim their video, their reputation, their sanity, and, most importantly, their marriage.

What people are saying:

“With neither the conviction to embrace its smutty premise nor enough laughs to function as a worthwhile rom-com, the flaccid Sex Tape suffers from cinematic impotence” 2 stars

“Nothing in this film works. It has clearly been put together by people who have been given an idea via conference call of what a film looks like and sounds like, but have no idea how to fit everything together.” 1 star

“Though its two leads are charming and it offers a couple of laughs, Sex Tape is a sadly a bit of a misfire which never quite makes the most out of its premise, has a rushed ending and practically points out a few flaws that they the two main characters could’ve done the whole time meaning they wouldn’t have to go through this whole 90 minutes. That might probably earn some nitpicking.” 3 stars

“Cameron Diaz again? Why does she keep making movies I want to see? I used to skip everything she was in and now, it seems like I have to see everything she’s in. Well fortunately, or unfortunately, however you want to look at it, this one does not quite work, although it isn’t a total loss either. Diaz and Jason Segel are both good but I don’t know, the script somehow doesn’t let them go full comedy route. Some of the jokes and one liners work and are quite funny, but they are somewhat spread out where they don’t flow. The kids are cute but then again, what kids in movies aren’t cute? The other thing is Rob Lowe is pretty annoying in this, I don’t know if it was just that way his character was written or if that is just how he is because I haven’t seen him in a movie in a while so I don’t know. It’s not the best thing you’ll ever watch nor the worst thing. MILD RECOMMENDATION for the two leads and for a night out, just don’t expect to be blown away.” 3 stars

“Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel had a nice chemistry in Bad Teacher. Jake Kasdan directed that movie as well. The ingredients are the same, but the results are inferior here. Perhaps my hopes were too high going in, but this was a highly disappointing movie. Many of the funniest parts are in the trailers. Worse yet, it wastes the strong cast by making them into idiots. More than once the sticky situation, they are in turns out to be easily resolvable. They do not realize what an easy fix it is and instead go about trying to fix things in the most difficult way possible. Having a buffoon sidekick is funny in this situation, but when main characters are idiots there probably needs to be a straight man to provide point reference. I am one to enjoy a comedy and not ask too many questions, but the main characters are dumb in a frustrating way that is not funny. Rob Lowe, Rob Corddry, and Ellie Kemper create better laughs as supporting characters than the lead roles, which is a problem. In a misguided attempt to force personal growth of the characters into the story, underdeveloped and unneeded drama makes it worse. The supposed marriage trouble the two between Diaz and Segel is never established. In a true display of lazy writing, this marital issue comes up late in the movie and then is quickly resolved. For a raunchy comedy with the title Sex Tape, it is disappointingly tame. While it is tamer than it should be, the director struggles with knowing what to show and what to keep hidden to make the best joke. The premise is fine, and the cast is right but this movie is the dead on arrival with shoddy writing.” 1 1/2 stars

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