Directed by: Jake Kasdan
It is entirely possible that this film could very well be the first truly adult sex comedy ever made. At it its core it is a classic screwball comedy where everything that can possibly go wrong, does so at intoxicatingly comedic levels, but here there is some truly outrageous sexual escapades (of the teen sex comedy variety) tossed in for good measure. The story is a thrice-told tale (and one that every married couple has experienced). When love first blossoms there is an untold amount of passion and ribald sex, which (very often) leads to marriage, and then to kids, and then to…well, not nearly so much sex as passions cool and are replaced with the pull of the real every dullness of the world and the daily demands of parenthood.
This is what happens to Jay (Segel) and Annie (Diaz ) whom when they first got together, their romantic connection was so intense that they had daily sex, and several years and two kids later, even though they’re still very much in love, their moment-to-moment passions (as have their opportunities) have cooled. Then, one day, to kick things up a notch, they decide to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex, which they then do, in one marathon three-hour session. Needless what may have seemed like a good idea at the onset, was probably not the most coherent thought that they ever entertained.
Well, evening comes and the new day dawn when they discover that the video of their night of passion is no longer a private affair, as it has been inadvertently uploaded to the cloud and an app that Jay had on his iPad has synced it with a number of other iPads that he has given away as gifts. Now, with their reputations on the line, (Jaw works for a radio station, and Annie is a blogger who’s “Mommy” blog is about to be majorly underwritten by a big corporation with a sterling-pristine family image, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world. However in their race to reclaim their video, they’ll find that it will expose even more than they bargained for, to not only their family and friends, but to each other as well.
What we the audience wind up with is a hilariously entertaining example of precisely what not to do (like make the tape in the first place). Still, it is played out not only for laughs but for pathos, and sentimentality as well. Even given the nature of the story itself it really is an ideal date-night film, especially for couples who still enjoy their partner’s company, but for whom the passion has begun to wane.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.