- RatedR21 /GenreComedy, Drama
Jay (Jason Segal) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple burdened with responsibilities, otherwise known as parenthood.
One night, when the children are away, the couple try to get back on track with their sex life but ultimately fail. Undeterred, they decide to spice things up by shooting a sex tape, trying every position found in ‘The Joy of Sex’ book.
Jay forgets to delete the video and sends it “up to the cloud”, syncing it to different iPads that he has given out to a number of people.
On paper, ‘Sex Tape’ has some stuff going for it.
In Segal and Diaz, they have two talented and likable comedic leads. Both have had experience working with one another, having previously collaborated on ‘Bad Teacher’, and are fully on board for the somewhat racy premise of the show, being almost buck naked for their sex scenes. The movie certainly does not try to create the unbelievable illusion of people doing the deed with their clothes on.
However, as far as good things go, that is about it for ‘Sex Tape’. The idea of a movie based around a sex tape is somewhat novel, but not so the archetypes of the “formerly cool and hip couple now saddled with parenthood”.
After about 45 minutes into the show, your mind starts to drift and you start asking questions: If Jay has the skills to sync playlists across multiple device, how come he doesn’t know how to do a remote wipe? The concept may just have been more suited to a sitcom episode than a full-length movie.
And while there is a smattering of laughs in there, there are also huge lulls between laughs as the movie moves slowly towards the expected heartwarming conclusion. The lack of any real palpable tension as the plot proceeds really hurts the movie in a big way.
Ultimately, ‘Sex Tape’ suffers because it does not know its identity. For an R-rated comedy named ‘Sex Tape’, it really is quite tame. There are far naughtier comedies out there and they happen to be much funnier. There is also the hint of it being a romantic comedy, but to be honest, almost nothing about it is romantic.
The weird double promise of wacky sex jokes combined with warm fuzzy romantic vibes does not really pan out, so the movie limps along, propped up only by the talent and appeal of its two stars.
‘Sex Tape’ is now showing in cinemas
Entertainment journalist Wang Dexian, or just Dex (@dxtehsecks), is a chronic insomniac. His eyes are usually closed, except when he's in the cinema