Sex Tape

Sex Tape

In Theatres: 
Jul 18, 2014
Running Time: 
94 minutes

Married life can get dull sometimes, and people need a little extra something to spice it up every once in a while. For Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz), that extra something is a sex tape. Ten years and two kids have put quite the strain on their relationship, but if anything can make it better it’s a sex tape, right?

Wrong. Sex Tape is essentially the escapade of trying to recover Jay and Annie’s sex tape after the three hour long video is automatically uploaded to the Cloud and synced with the numerous iPads Jay has given to his friends and family. Oh and the mailman, too. What should be a quick fix ends up being a road trip around town to pick up all the iPads they gave away to delete the film in the hopes that nobody has seen it yet. Nothing is every easy, especially when it comes to sex tapes.

Sex Tape is a raunchy yet somewhat tame state of affair that has a few laughs and a lot of awkward situations. Audiences can expect plenty of sensual scenes between Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz. The nudity is actually toned down, aside from some rather provocative shots of Segel. You’ll still see plenty of skin in addition to perfectly placed elbows and legs. Besides that, it never really gets too bad, especially when compared to some of the other raunchy comedies we’ve seen. Jud Apatow knows what we’re talking about.

The best and most memorable  part of Sex Tape is when Jay and Annie go over to Annie’s potential future boss Hank (Rob Lowe) who is the CEO of this family oriented company. Naturally he has one of the iPads and the scene has Jay roaming around his mansion looking for it while trying not to get eaten by his ferocious dog while Annie distracts him by doing some cocaine. It’s an insane scene that’s made even crazier by the paintings of famous Disney scenes replaced with Rob Lowe as the main character. It’s absolutely ridiculous and definitely the highlight of the film.

Besides Rob Lowe’s character, however, Sex Tape falls pretty flat. Nothing about the film particularly stands out from the dozens of other comedies that have preceded it. There’s a bit of humor here and there, but nothing that makes it a must-see film of the year, or even the summer for that matter.

Matt Rodriguez
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