The basic concept has plenty of comedy potential as anyone who has been married more than just a few years knows well. It is true that the frequency and intensity of one’s sex life drops over time, not for want of love or ability but simply because having children and raising a family is a huge distraction. So the underlying premise of “Sex Tape” has potential and drew me into the theater. And let’s face it, Cameron Diaz is the kind of woman the vast majority of men are thrilled to view.
However one of the things all good movies must do is suspend the audience’s disbelief. This is one way “Sex Tape” fails hard. Okay the long married couple given a happy opportunity to fully explore again their sex lives, yeah that is believable. And I suppose in our modern digital world making an actual sex tape even by a relatively straight suburban family is an out there but acceptable premise. But handing out iPads that not only provide access to the donors audio play list, but which also can instantly receive anything he produces on his computer including a sex tape, that is a little too far out there. Even worse is the notion that someone’s clearly wildly upscale major business executive is a raging narcissist and heavy cocaine user is at the steps of incredulity.
All of that alone and it could still be a fun film to watch. But the unending barrage of F bombs is really annoying. I am no language prude. Hell I spent four years in the Marines; I can assure you that I have abundant familiarity with the F word and whole lot more. But to use it so profusely especially and frequently within a family setting is in my view just wrong. Whenever I see a movie or even stage play that relies so heavily of foul language my first thought is that the writer’s skills are clearly and severely limited. “Fuck” is strong exclamation. As such that word has value and merit. But excessive use rapidly diminishes its value and the value of the project that over uses the word.
So overall despite the joy of seeing a great deal of a beautiful woman and experiencing at least some degree of comedy, the film “Sex Tape” just misses in a big way. I cannot recommend it and you should absolutely not take any child to see this film even if you are game. Cameron Diaz and Jason Siegel both did a fine acting job, but the overall project strikes out for me.
Copyright 2014 Ron Irwin