But 10 years earlier things sure were different. They couldn’t keep their hands off each other—doing the deed in all kinds of places, settings and positions.
That’s how SEX TAPE begins. Explicit from the get go.
However with busy careers, kids and the trials and tribulations of marriage, whatever little love making that’s left has been reduced to a sparkless, passionless exercise that’s going nowhere.
They still love each other, but the fireworks are long gone.
Segel works in radio and somehow gets his hands on the newest iPad and gives his old ones as gifts to friends.
About that time Jason and Cameron come up with the lowbrow idea of taping themselves having sex. Amateur self-porno stimulation. And not just ANY sex but practically every position from the once best selling book, The Joy Of Sex.
Three hours worth!
Just one problem. Segel forgets to erase their F-Fest after mistakenly pushing a button on the iPad that syncs and uploads their raunchy action adventure “up to the cloud,” and in turn sharing it with everyone—especially their friends.
What follows is their desperate mission to track down the iPads he gave away. To chase and erase so to speak in order to keep their private video from being laid bare to the world and cause a major sex scandal.
So far. So good.
At least the first act, anyway. After that the sex tape recovery caper loses steam and it’s downhill from there for the film’s second half.
Thank God for the relatively short running time of just 94 minutes.
If ever a movie might have had the perfect outtakes of their multiple couplings at the end, this one would’ve been it – but no such luck. No need to stay through the end credits.
Remember NEIGHBORS earlier this summer? Or even 22 JUMP STREET?
Well those two flicks delivered the comedic R-rated PUNCH.
But kudos to Rob Lowe in a scene-stealing performance as the weird head of a major toy company and Diaz’ probable future boss. As far as I’m concerned he steals the movie. Ditto a brief but quite hilarious uncredited cameo by Jack Black who is quite the scene stealer himself.
One final prop.
And that goes out to Cameron Diaz’ still magnificent arse. It’s sheer perfection, ladies and gentlemen. And she parades it around naked in several scenes. That alone is worth the price of admission.
As for the rest? Pretty ho-hum and forced raunchy.
SEX TAPE scoring a sex-obsessed C.
(Reviewed at Screenland Armour Theatre)
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