Sex Tape Movie Review
Your sex life is dull. You make a sex tape to spice things up. You accidentally post the sex tape to the cloud for your friends and family to see. This is the promising premise—no joke—of the Cameron Diaz/Jason Segel comedy Sex Tape, a movie that proves how easy it is to ruin a promising premise.
A movie about a couple who "loses" their sex tape is ripe for entertainment, and both Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel have the comedic pedigree to pull something like this off. Unfortunately, they don’t.
Sex Tape is based off a story and screenplay by Kate Angelo, whose only other piece of work is the dreadful J-Lo-starring The Back-Up Plan. Director Jake Kasdan has a slightly better resume, though neither Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story nor Bad Teacher (which also starred Diaz) were exactly comedic masterpieces.
So despite a strong high-level premise, Sex Tape goes exactly as you’d expect. The movie plays like the generic Hollywood comedy it is, relying too heavily on its cast to force laughs out of the wretched screenplay. The first act is moderately entertaining—there are a few decent jokes, and if anything else you want to give the movie the benefit of the doubt as it builds up to the hook.
But then Sex Tape spirals into comedy hell as the mortified couple go from one place to the next to retrieve their property, whether to be telling their best friends (oh my God, the comedy is through the roof!), stealing an iPad from an uncomfortably casted Rob Lowe (which inexplicably contains an extended sequence involving Segel running from and repeatedly knocking unconscious a guard dog) and breaking into a server farm owned by Jack Black (because that’s what people do… break into server farms to physically destroy something that is on the Internet).
It becomes painfully clear that the filmmakers thought of a fun premise and failed miserably to think of anything to bring that premise to life. For an R-rated comedy about a raunchy sex tape, the movie is shockingly unshocking, completely devoid of any edge or controversy.
Sex Tape is a movie that goes limp before delivering its load. I’d rather watch my grandparents going at it than watch this anticlimax again.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.