Friday, July 18, 2014

Sex Tape
Releases July 18, 2014
1 hr 34 mins
Rated R


Director: Jake Kasdan

Cameron Diaz as Annie
Jason Segel as Jay
Rob Corddry as Robbie
Ellie Kemper as Tess
Rob Lowe as Hank, Annie's boss
Nat Faxon as Max
Nancy Lenehan as Linda
Randall Park as Edward
Dave "Gruber" Allen as Mailman

Review by Stephen M.

So this is the movie that will probably get my site flagged due to its title and content on companies's website filters.  While there is nofrontal nudity, there is still plenty of sexual content, simulated sex and F words that will might make even Howard Stern blush.  Okay probably not.  While a silly premise and supposedly impossible, according to Apple, the film has its laugh out loud moments that makes it worth watching as a matinee at the very least.

If this film teaches you anything, it is that Cameron Diaz still carries herself well or as her movie husband Jay (Jason Segel) callsher, a sexpot.  Jay and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are in a rut sexually after you are led to believe that, that is what their relationship is solely built on in the first 15 minutes of the film.  With two kids, the two never have the time to try to engage each other and when they finally have a night to themselves, can't get it on like their glorious dating days.  In comes the iPad (thank you Steve Jobs) to record their drunken reenacting of positions from their book "The Joy of Sex."  Months later the "Sex Tape" leaks out to the cloud via Jay giving out used iPads to friends and family as gifts each synched to his playlist.  Thus, begins a night of a mad dash to retrieve the used iPads.

While I did have many laughs and enjoyed the film, there are definitely things you can nitpick with in the film.  Starting with Jason Segel who gets kudos for his dog scene, but offers little else as far as acting ability, and leading man appeal.  But let's go back to the beginning with the mommy blogger writing about her sex life.  It completely contradicts to what the overall message that they try to convey in the end about relationships.  The Porntube king played by a certain star that also starred with Segel in The Muppets fails to capture his usual comedic brilliance.  Like Segel, his performance is on the flat side.  I did enjoy Diaz's performance as well as supporting characters Tess (Ellie Kemper) and Robbie (Rob Corddry). Rob Lowe's performance as Annie's potential boss is good but just a bit too over the top.  Trying to come across as funny but instead comes across as creepy.  Especially with the Disney murals.

Given the theme of the movie, obviously this is not for everyone.  If you're not into details you will definitely enjoy the raunchy film. It makes for a great date movie even if the principles are a bit skewed.  At the very least, the movie should make roller skates popular again and reminds us why we should never make a sex tape.


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