Though the subject of technological privacy and professional judgment over it reflects current interests, “Sex Tape” has a horrendous script to blame for its lack of humor. The conflict spreads over many situations without a clear purpose, allowing for the events to create tension between the couple that is just ridiculous. At its core, the movie argues that the loss of manic libido equates to a failing marriage and relies on this statement to propel its events.
Motherhood blogger Annie (Cameron Diaz) is being considered for a sponsorship from a big corporation led by Hank (Rob Lowe) but the job requires a more squeaky-clean image than her recent post on the loss of sex in marriage. After Annie and her husband Jay (Jason Segel) attempt to rekindle their sex life by filming an adventure through various sexual positions, Jay accidentally uploads the video to all of his former iPads that he has gifted to friends and family. When an anonymous response alerts them to the fact, Annie and Jay engage on a journey to relocate all of the iPads to delete the video but find that one viewer has copied the video and wants to blackmail them. From breaking and entering to mingling with a cocaine user, Annie and Jay are willing to go to great lengths to prevent the exposure of their sex tape.
“Sex Tape” contains too many illogical flaws in the story (such as Jay’s work is based in technology yet he is incapable of coordinating his iPads) along with too many absurd moments. Trying to follow “The Hangover” style of random events that have become so popular in comedies, Annie and Jay jump from one bizarre moment to the next, though most germinate at Hank’s residence. Their best friends (Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper) barely distract from the farce, though they have real potential. And the incredible Nat Faxon barely appears for a blip in the film. Thankfully, Rob Lowe keeps his performance pretty simple since his character has so many over-the-top interests.
Besides the loss of the video, there is no main conflict in “Sex Tape.” The viewer doesn’t see any difficulties in their marriage besides a lack of sex, but the couple cites unseen problems in order to cause a fight. The lack of chemistry between Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel doesn’t help, either. The funny premise has no thrills and remains limp.
Rating for “Sex Tape:” D+
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