Sex Tape (2014) is a marketing attempt to reunite the star couple, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal, after their successful turn together in Bad Teacher (2011). The film is directed by Jake Kasdan, who directed Bad Teacher as well. One would expect that a sophomore collaboration from this trio would be comedy gold. Unfortunately, that just is not the case. The film delivers a few laughs. Yet it falls short from truly drawing the audience in for the adventure.
The actors are fully committed to their roles, evidenced clearly by the adventurous sex scenes. However, this film feels like the comedy olympics as the actors compete with one another on screen to make everything faster, funnier, better. As a result, the viewers must watch people acting out hilarious situations, as opposed to living through them. Consequently, the movie plays more like an unintentional farce. This conflicts directly with how hard the production tries to make the film relatable. Between using “the cloud” as the antagonist and setting Annie’s career as a blogger, the problems raised in the film attempt to mirror ones that society may actually face on a day to day basis. Perhaps people do not have sex tapes syncing on the cloud, but maybe they have had other glitches that make them sympathetic to the characters’ plight.
The real culprit in this film though is the screenplay. The actors could try as hard as they possibly can, but without strong source material, it just simply will not work. The script is what keeps the audience from making a connection in this case. The main issue is that it does not reconcile the outrageous parts of the script with the more realistic moments. Thus, the script feels disjointed. It will certainly be intriguing to see this team work together again for Bad Teacher 2. Will they be able to rekindle the magic?