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'Sex Tape' movie review

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Columbia Pictures ‘Sex Tape’ starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz details the a harrowing night of a married couple’s adventurous sex capades that ends in panic and chaos.

Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel) watch their video online.
Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel) watch their video online.
Used with permission. Photo Credit: Claire Folger. © 2014 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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In an attempt to spice up their ten year marriage, Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) decide to make a video of them trying out every position in ‘The Joy of Sex’ in one marathon three-hour session. After all, ten years and two kids have cooled the passion and this seemed like a sure fire way to get it back. But what seems like a great idea, soon turns into panic when they they discover that their most private video has gone public. Jay and begin a wild night of adventure – tracking down leads, roping in friends, duping Annie’s boss – all to reclaim their video, their reputation, their sanity, and, most importantly, their marriage.

The cast also includes Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry , Ellie Kemper, and Rob Lowe.

In theory, the premise of ‘Sex Tape’ appears to be a funny idea, especially when you factor into that equation Segel and Diaz as the unlikely couple whose private tape is suddenly public. It is doesn’t take any stretch of the imagination to visualize Diaz as a wholesome mommy blogger. Additionally, Segel is believable as the urban mobile dad with a cool job. Sadly, the film lacks direction and fall short in the laugh department and fizzles into an absurdly boring story-line.

Try as they may, Diaz and Segel cannot overcome the lightweight script and jokes that plummet flat. It appears as if halfway through the film, Segel was just reciting his lines without trying to make them convincing. Despite the shortcomings, both actors give it the old college try. One particularly amusing scene is when Diaz (who is naked) tumbles and flips onto Segel. The aftermath of that scene does reach the level of hilarity.

‘Sex Tape’ opens in theaters this weekend. It has been rated R by the MPAA for the following reasons: strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use. It has a run time of 94 minutes.