Sex Tape Review


By Justin Jasso (@jjasso007)

Relationships are complex. You take two people from different backgrounds, with different views on the world, different personalities, and you put them together and they try to make things work out together. Now, within a relationship are various elements which also hold some meaning to its health and strength. One of those elements is the sex life. As a relationship goes on over the years, passion will fade. So how do you get it back once it is on the decline? Well, in Jake Kasdan’s latest film, you get it back with media. Ladies and gentlemen, Sex Tape.

When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together in college, life was great, and their sex life was out of this world. Ten years, and two kids, later, the sex life isn’t what it used to be. Instead of sex a couple times a day, it may be more like once a month. Jay and Annie both realize they need to do something to get that spark back, so Annie suggests making a se tape. So they decide to use a book and film themselves demonstrating every position found within that book. After making their intimate little film, it, unfortunately for the happy couple, finds its way to “the cloud”, where it can be seen around the world, and more importantly, but their friends and family. Now it is a race against time to get the film off the cloud before it is seen by anyone of note.

Sex Tape, in theory, sounds like a knockout summer winner at the box office. Create a film geared to the demographic of 18-49 focused on having sex and the shenanigans that ensue when creating a film doesn’t quite go according to plan. Sounds like a can’t lose situation, right? Unfortunately, Sex Tape swings and misses with their attempt. The comedy in the film doesn’t nearly live up to what the trailers suggest, with most of the funny moments being shown in the trailers (don’t you hate when they do that?). The best part of the film takes place at the home of Annie’s boss, Hank (Rob Lowe), when Annie distracts her boss with conversation and doing cocaine while Jay searches for an Ipad with the video on it while battling a blood seeking dog. And I don’t want to blame it on the actors, as we know Jason Segel is funny, as his resume demonstrates (Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five Year Engagement), but it really comes down to a poorly written script with inept jokes that really don’t work. It feels as if the writers didn’t want to go too raunchy and focus more on the family dynamic, but you can’t have both and expect to be successful. Case in point, the recent Neighbors focused much more on the raunchy side and it was very successful. Just saying…

In regards to the acting, all of the actors tend to suffer from the poorly written script, specifically Segel and Diaz. Jason Segel does have his moments, but we find ourselves comparing him to the same type of family man found with Seth Rogen in Neighbors and Segel just isn’t as funny. Part of it could be his delivery on some lines, but he just doesn’t have the material to work with to bring the intended humor across. Diaz is more subdued in her role, but livens up at her bosses house. The supporting cast play their roles well enough with Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper standing out as the closest friend to Annie and Jay. But, in the end, they are all forgettable characters.

It really is a shame when a film, with so much potential, crashes and burns instead, but that’s exactly what happens with Sex Tape. The film can’t decide whether it needs to go one way or the other, but with the fact that it is a comedy, and the story is about making a sex tape that gets leaked, they should have made a bold decision and went full throttle towards being what it really is. Instead, they chose to walk the middle ground and we, in turn, receive a mediocre film at best. With so many other more quality films out at the moment, save your money and watch one of those and wait until Sex Tape is available on Netflix or Redbox.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    One Comment

  1. mocanu andraJuly 24th, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Sex tape? Nasty idea! Well, who says that reationships are simple? Even though this might not be the greatest movie about relationships and sex life, it could be fun watching it!

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