Spoiler-Free Review of
Sex Tape (2014), 18 July
94 min – Comedy
Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe
Director: Jake Kasdan
Cameron Diaz made her feature film debut almost 20 years ago on July 29, with Jim Carrey in The Mask (1994).
Director Jake Kasdan, is the son of famous writer/producer Lawrence Kasdan. The senior Kasdan is best known for co-writing, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) and next year’s Star Wars: Episode VII (2015).
Back to the Spoiler-Free Review:
Mommy-Blogger Annie (Cameron Diaz), misses the days when she and husband Jay (Jason Segel) still had that romance and passion they had back in college, when they first met. Even though they’re still very much in love, after 10 years and two kids, the ardor has cooled. With news that Annie’s blog may be picked up by a ‘wholesome’ company, the determined couple decide to celebrate by spicing things up, using their iPad to film themselves re-enacting sexual positions from the book, The Joy of Sex. They soon discover, the hard way, what seemed like a great idea – wasn’t, and accidentally expose a bit more than they bargained for.
The film is cast quite well, but they are greatly underutilized. Diaz and Segel are okay at best when they are on screen together. It’s Co-stars Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe steal the shine here. Even though there are some of the great comedy setups, there are just so many lulls and awkward silences to keep the film from being entertaining.