Movie Review: Sex Tape (2014) – A disappointing effort from two stars that I usually like

Published On July 26, 2014 » 3616 Views» By admin »

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As a fan of both Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, I was thrilled to see they were starring in a movie together. But unfortunately, the lack of chemistry really caused this one to fall flat.

The premise is this. Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are couple that has fallen into the boredom that most married couples face after ten years of marriage. To try to spice things up, they decide to make a video of themselves getting it on. Of course, the video is lost and then they have a wild night of trying to get that video back before they become as famous as Kim Kardashian.

The premise is cute. I’ll give them that. But a great premise does not a great movie make.

Diaz and Segel lack the chemistry to play a couple. It’s weird, apart both of the stars are incredibly likable and enjoyable. Together, they’re just not believable as a couple. I don’t know why I didn’t buy it. They both played their parts reasonably well, with the confidence of knowing they’re two popular stars that would have a hard time pissing off their fans. But together, they just don’t work for me.

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Also, I wasn’t buying how the sex tape got out in the first place. Apparently, Jay has an endless supply of iPads that he hands out like confetti? The makers of this movie are aware that those things are pretty damn expensive, right?

The antics aren’t fun. They’re just exhausting. After an hour of watching the two slapstick their way around town I really felt like I needed a nap. The antics are nothing new. They have to break into a house and surprise, surprise, the home owner has a German Sheppard. Guess what happens after? If your answer is someone gets chased by a dog but no one gets seriously hurt, you’ve pretty much summed up a comedy trope so overused it feels like they added it in because it was required.

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This was a disappointing effort from two stars that I usually like. The premise is cute, but it’s accomplished in such a weird way that it makes it unbelievable and the movie falls apart from there.

Also, I’m sick of watching Diaz play the bubbly blonde. It was cute when she was in her 20’s, but now, it’s starting to get a bit pathetic. I much prefer her playing bad assed types, like in Bad Teacher.

As far as romantic comedies go, some married couples might relate to this duo, looking to spice things up after 10 years of marriage, but then the movie goes too over the top. A three hour sex tape, really? Handing out iPads so people can have your play list? A mommy blogger who is worried about her big fat blog paychecks if the sex tape gets out? I don’t know that many bloggers making that much money, I mean, it’s 2014 not 1998. Blogs are a dime a dozen.

It feels like someone came up with a really cute idea, and then just phoned in the plot line because they couldn’t be bothered to make it plausible. It feels like they rested the responsibility solely at Diaz and Segel’s feet to make the movie likable. The two don’t work as a couple and this movie didn’t work at all.

WE GAVE IT: 2.5 Stars

2.5 Stars

 

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