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Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel are not the new Burns and Allen, not even with their clothes off.
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"SEX TAPE" from Columbia Pictures opens Friday, July 18, 2014.

STARRING: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry and Rob Lowe.

DIRECTOR: Jake Kasdan ("Bad Teacher")

SYNOPSIS: When Jay (Segel) and Annie (Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense. But now, ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark so they decide to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. Suddenly, their video is no longer private and they're one click away from being laid bare to the world.

Well, this is certainly not an attempt to keep up with the Kartrashians. If movies intentionally set out to suspend one's disbelief, there's much here to disbelieve, not the least of which is that the director of "Bad Teacher" was allowed to make another movie just as bad with the same co-stars who made it that bad. Segel and Diaz are not the new Burns and Allen and they're still not funny.

The situation they're in breeds its own humor which these two can barely pull off, even the obvious situational dilemma. Not even the nudity brings any enchantment and that's not just because one doesn't view Diaz as a sexpot. She's not ugly but she's not Penthouse material either. Size doesn't matter but sex appeal does and she's barely a 2. Segel's no treat either. One doesn't care--just saying.

Naturally, these things are subjective and Diaz's last film did better than one had expected. That doesn't mean it was good, it's just another version of suspended disbelief. When all is said and done, it's a film that is opening this weekend and many will see it. It's certainly much better than "The Purge", more timely and more relevant than that crud. If you're a fan of Diaz, you still need some imagination.

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