Awkward and Elbowy – Sex Tape (2014)

Still waiting for a punchline.  So this is about a couple (Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz) who are married and have a couple of kids.  They have lost the spark in their love life, so they decide to make a sex tape to spice thing up, only instead of deleting it, they accidentally upload it into the cloud, sharing it with all of their old iPads that they have given away to friends and the like.  I watched the trailer for this and actually held on to a modicum of hope; it got a couple of chuckles out of me, especially from the bit with nobody understanding how the cloud works (if the Fappening proved anything, it’s that this is absolutely true).  Well, this is one of those movies where everything that is remotely funny is featured in the trailer, and I am glad that overly negative reviews steered me from supporting this in a theater.

sex tapeSitting at an 18% and over 100 negative reviews at Rotten Tomatoes?  Yeah, I would want to cover this up, too.

The thing about this is that they didn’t have much in the way of ideas here; so much of this is improvising, and they keep milking jokes that aren’t really jokes; there are as many punchlines here as a Dane Cook show.  The end result is very awkward, and I don’t think that was the intention, with the telltale sign being the terrible timing of the delivery.  Being that there is hardly enough material for a 90-minute feature, this leads to padding galore; the first 25 minutes is the making of the tape, and it feels stretched at every moment.  The second act is them infiltrating the home of Diaz’s boss, played here by Rob Lowe.  I like Lowe, and think he is great when he is in his element, like in Parks and Recreation, but here, he is given nothing but random and completely arbitrary things to do, which, once again, has a major lack of punchlines.

rob loweI would rather watch an adaptation of this magazine article than watch this movie again.  

Now both of these lead actors have highs and lows.   Segel really broke out with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but then has more lacking stuff like The Five-Year Engagement, or Bad Teacher (also starring Diaz, coincidentally enough), and I would go so far to say that this is his worst movie to date (although to be completely fair, I still haven’t seen the infamous Gulliver’s Travels).  Cameron Diaz looks great in skimpy clothing for 42, but she really should have known better simply by reading the script.  The entire conceit behind this is flimsy at best, and with this being as poorly written as it is, you can tell that they were working with nothing from the beginning.

Sex Tape (2014) *1/2

– Critic for Hire


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