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'Sex Tape' offers a smattering of laughs and a naked Cameron Diaz

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz try to add spark up the old love life in SEX TAPE.
Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz try to add spark up the old love life in SEX TAPE.
Columbia Pictures, with permission

Sex Tape


Release date: July 18, 2014

Directed by: Jake Kasden

Written by: Kate Angelo, Jason Segel, and Nicholas Stoller

Starring: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, and Rob Lowe

Before you panic and wipe everything from your smart devices, you should know that Apple has put the kibosh on the actuality of the something like "Sex Tape" ever happening. Don't misread. People make sex tapes all the time. You just don't have to worry about accidentally uploading to your cloud for all of your friends to see.

In "Sex Tape" Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz play Annie and Jay, a typical suburban couple. When they met they could barely keep their hands off each other. The sex was incredible. Then came marriage, and the first kid, and then another. Having sex became a pipe dream. It's through much of this set up that Diaz and Segel struggle to find the chemistry they shared in their last outing with director Jake Kasden, "Bad Teacher".

So they decide to do the logical thing and bust out the old iPod to record their own amateur porn video. What's the worst that could happen? That can be answered by explaining the benefits of Jay's job. As a music producer, he is constantly being given new free iPads. So he gives his old ones off as gifts, the added bonus being Jay's mind blowing music collection. When the three hour video is accidentally uploaded in to the mythological Apple Cloud, everyone from Anna's mom to their mail man has access to the sex tape, sending the couple on a frantic spree to collect all the evidence they can. Hilarity almost ensues.

The setup is already pretty ludicrous. But if you can get past that and the flat first act, the laughs do pick up. Oddly as the movie gets more and more ridiculous, it gets to be a little more enjoyable. Rob Corddry ("Hot Tub Time Machine") and Ellie Kemper ("The Office") are great as the tag-along best friends who want a glimpse at the sexy video. The best sequence of the flick involves trying to recoup an iPad from Annie's boss, hilariously played by Rob Lowe. The worst involves a desperate attempt to prevent their video from being uploaded to a porn website by breaking into the website's office with their kids in tow.

But absurdity has it's limits. So does the script, co-written by Segel. One problem is the film is never as raunchy as it wants to be. There's a lot of nudity and all of the sex scenes poke fun at just how ridiculous humans look while they're doing the deed. For the most part the script plays it safe, letting its leads go wild for 90 minutes. And it pays off. There are plenty of laughs. That's all that matters. As long as you

Segel is also hilarious as always, and Diaz seems more comfortable in this comic element, after a series of recent mis-castings -- re: "The Counselor" and the upcoming "Annie" remake. Plus she shows the full Diaz here, and she looks incredible. But it's a sight that comes at a price. As amazing as Diaz looks at almost 42, there are some things you will never be able to unsee. One is Jason Segal, naked doing a head stand. Good luck with that.

The important thing to remember about "Sex Tape" is this is not an accurate portrayal of the way the Cloud works. If you're going to use your iPad to make an porn, just erase it.

MPAA rating: R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use

Running time: 94 minutes.

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