Saturday, August 16, 2014

Review of SEX TAPE: Trailer Trumps Film!

August 16, 2014

When they were just dating, Jay and Annie had the best sex anywhere and anytime.  Since they got married and had kids though, their sexual activity dipped to below zero. One frustrating night when their attempts for sex were going nowhere, Annie hits on the idea to take a video of themselves having sex to make things more exciting. Aroused by the rolling camera, they had a three-hour sex marathon following all the positions prescribed in the book "The Joy of Sex".

The morning after, Annie reminds Jay to delete the video.  However, Jay inadvertently uploads the video onto the cloud and an app automatically shared it with people to whom they had given their old iPads to, including their kids, parents, friends, and even the mailman. Jay and Annie scramble to get all of these iPads back and keep the video off the internet.

After the initial funny premise had already been laid down, the rest of the film was hollow, nothing more than prolonging the agony. That whole very long sequence in the house of Rob Lowe's character (as the CEO of the company interested in buying Annie's mommy blog) was unbearably unfunny and useless. 

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz are funny actors, but these are already very familiar roles for them and they seem to just be lazily going through the motions. Segel, in particular, seems to be stereotyped already in this type of role as a lovelorn loser.  Diaz is a favorite actress of mine, and I am usually able to find something positive in even her reviled films, like "Bad Teacher" (which also starred Segel). There is still her perky-at-42 body to like here, but unfortunately, her performance is below her par. 

The film feels like it had a bright idea but it just did not know how to expand the story to be worth its screen time. You can get the whole story from watching the trailer.  Furthermore, all the funny parts are already there! When you watch the whole film, there was nothing else worth watching anymore. In fact, the trailer was even edited better than the film itself, making it more entertaining to watch. 3/10

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