Risky business for Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in Sex Tape
Sex Tape reunites Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan, whose previous collaboration was the surprise boxoffice sleeper Bad Teacher (2001).
Taking their raunchy cue(s) from their previous success, Diaz and Segel play Annie and Jay, a couple trying to spice up their 10-year marriage by filming themselves having sex. This they do, only to discover later that the video has been downloaded on the internet.
So begins a madcap dash for the panicked couple to somehow prevent friends, family, and the neighborhood mailman from watching their three-hour coital extravaganza.
Story-wise, that’s about all there is to Sex Tape. The screenplay, penned by Kate Angelo and Segel and his long-time writing partner Nicholas Stoller, is essentially a series of knockabout scenes held so loosely together that the film rattles around aimlessly.
Despite a plethora of profanity and some comedic nudity (primarily of the posterior persuasion), there’s a friendly, fluffy and ultimately forgettable quality to the proceedings. Sex Tape is lightweight fare of the slightest sort. At least it’s painless, which is more than can be said of most raunchy comedies.
There are some funny bits along the way, and the cast is nothing if not personable: Rob Lowe, Ellie Kemper, Nat Faxon, Jolene Blalock, an unbilled Jack Black, and perennial second banana Rob Corddry. Three talented youngsters – Giselle Eisenberg and Sebastian Hedges Thomas as Jay and Annie’s kids, and Harrison Holzer as Kemper and Corddry’s onscreen offspring – do some scene-stealing of their own. !
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