Sunday, January 18, 2015

Sex Tape

Sex Tape (2014) by Jake Kasdan
Best. Idea. Ever.
Last night I watched Sex Tape (2014) by Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan. From the trailer I deducted that this was just your run-of-the-mill sex comedy, even if it had some scenes that were painfully relevant to the whole Fappening fiasco. 

Needless to say, I was on the fence about the Colombia Pictures product, especially since friends who did watch the movie were divided about it in two equal halfs. With nothing else one TV I decided to give it a go. Cameron Diaz is Hollywood's leading lady of comedy, HIMYM actor Jason Segel certainly has chops (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, anyone?), and I figured I'd at least figure out which of my friends never to talk to again.

The skinny

Jay (Segel) and Annie (Diaz) are married and still very much in love, but unfortunately their two kids and busy lives have put restraints on their once-explosive sex life. To get the passion back, they decide make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy Of Sex. Instead of deleting the tape like Annie asked him to, Jay inadvertently syncs the video to several iPads he had given away over time. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure to reclaim their video, leading to a bunch of awkward encounters and close calls.

The review

As it turns out, my hunch about Sex Tape was right. As the couple, among other things, almost murders a German Shepherd and attempts to destroy the servers of YouPorn, it quickly becomes clear that the 94-minute Apple commercial movie is  a farce, with laughs few and far in between. Sure, the chemistry between Segel and Diaz is apparent, Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper are funny as befriended couple Robby and Tess, and Rob Lowe makes a great cameo as Annie's boss-to-be Hank Rosenbaum, but this movie could have been so much more. Just imagine what Judd Apatow could have done with the intimacy vs. technology concept. Such a shame.

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