A Disappointing Fumble
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first met they couldn't keep their hands off of each other, having sex with the door open, in the library and in broad daylight in the park. But when Annie fell pregnant and they got married what they thought would never happen happened, after two children and busy careers the sex dried up. But when they try to liven things up by making a sex tape of themselves doing every move in "The Joy of Sex" things take a turn for the worse. Having recorded their drunken love making on Jay's tablet it uploads itself to the Cloud and synchs with all the tablets he and Annie have handed out to friends. Now the amorous couple find themselves being blackmailed by one anonymous recipient and on a mission to recover all of the tablets before it gets out.
There is a scene in "Sex Tape" where whilst Annie distracts one of the recipients of a tablet by doing a line of coke with them Jay sneaks up stairs and goes searching for it only to have an encounter with his vicious pet dog. What follows is like an updated version of Steve Martin's encounter with the in-laws dogs from "Father of the Bride" which is not as funny as it should have been and ends up disappointingly stupid. That is a good description of "Sex Tape" as a whole because it is disappointingly stupid with a ridiculous amount of reliance on both Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel swearing which in this case is not funny. Oh and there is a scene where Cameron Diaz is wearing roller skates, tiny pants and a see through top which of course will entertain a younger audience who might think this movie is funny.
The thing is that it isn't just that one scene in "Sex Tape" which reminded me of other movies, the whole adventure of trying to prevent anyone from seeing their sex tape leading to a night of scrapes and adventure reminded me of "Date Night" and to be honest was again weak in comparison. And sadly I could keep on going because you can split "Sex Tape" up into first part titillation and swearing, second part swearing and weak adventures in retrieving the video, third more swearing and a really poor ending which sees Jack Black show up as an owner of a porn website with a kind side. Oh and throw in Rob Lowe into the mix who ends up one of the daftest things in the movie.
What this all boils down to is that "Sex Tape" is in many ways indicative of modern comedy as not only does it seem to a dearth of fresh ideas but it relies heavily on swearing to try and cause laughter but ends up just a movie with frequent, unfunny swearing. About the only kind of positive you could say is that Cameron Diaz shows that she is still hot and Jason Segel shows he has lost weight.