Review: Sex Tape (2014)

by Brian Eggert

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DIRECTOR:
Jake Kasdan

CAST:
Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Lowe, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper

RATED:
R

RUNTIME:
95 min.


Sex Tape is an exhausting farce that would have been relevant twenty years ago but now feels stale. It borders on insulting in today's market, where raunchy comedies are rarely edgy anymore. Director Jake Kasdan reteams with his Bad Teacher stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel for a comedy of forced ribaldry and absurd antics more attuned to a sitcom. A shame, as Kasdan was once a filmmaker of promise with surprisingly composed titles like Zero Effect and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. But since Kasdan has forgone feature films of late to direct and produce episodes of New Girl and Ben and Kate, his dull television-ness has rubbed off, leaving us with a disappointing, unfunny, pointedly un-titillating 90-minutes of ridiculous material that has been covered better in The Amateurs and even Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

Diaz and Segel play a happily married couple with two kids and, in the prologue, Diaz's character Annie writes in her popular mothering blog about where the couple's former sexual spark has gone. We're shown flashbacks of their adventurous early days in bed, and finally Annie asks "How the hell do you get it back?" Annie soon proposes to her husband, Segel's Jay, that they should film themselves performing every position in Alex Comfort's 1972 book The Joy of Sex... Read the full article

 

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