Sex Tape (2014)

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in Sex Tape (2014)It’s pretty easy to disparage Sex Tape, the second film in a year to feature product placement from Apple and YouPorn (the first? Don Jon). Its entire premise – a married couple (Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel) find themselves frantically hunting down stray iPads after their sex tape is inadvertently shared with friends and family – is predicated on a long list of implausibilities. The film features Segel and Diaz about as naked as possible without actually showing anything naughty, but is entirely unsexy.

Thing is, all of this would’ve been forgivable had Sex Tape been funny. All the pieces are there for a raunchy, farcical comedy: a bunch of talented comedic actors (Rob Lowe, Ellie Kemper, Rob Corddry, Kumail Nanjiani, Nat Faxon, not to mention the two leads) and a narrative that – on paper, at least – should provide manic momentum. It doesn’t work for one simple reason – they forgot to write good jokes, and neglect the half-decent ones with strained pacing and poor editing. A drawn-out setpiece involving cocaine and a German Shepherd feels cribbed from Horrible Bosses and There’s Something About Mary, while the rest of the film primarily consists of dick jokes. If only they’d been good dick jokes.

1.5 stars

2 thoughts on “Sex Tape (2014)

  1. I swear raunchy comedies are a dime a dozen these days. Heaven forbid that Hollywood take the comedy genre in new and fresh directions. That’s why I kinda smile when crap like this bomb. Good original comedy shouldn’t be a rarity.

    • Unoriginal comedy can produce some great stuff – see: Bad Neighbours, 21 Jump Street – but I agree it’s a shame that, aside from maybe Edgar Wright, no-one’s really pushing the boundaries of comedy in Hollywood.

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