“Sex Tape” which hit theaters yesterday, July 18, 2014, calls itself “A movie about a movie they don’t want you to see,” which I suppose makes this the review of a movie about a movie I don’t want you to see. After watching this movie, their alternate tagline, “They did everything but delete it,” made me really wish they had deleted the script, smashed the cameras and walked away. Unfortunately, this movie exists, and unlike the titular sex tape, it can never be destroyed.
Despite boasting a talented cast (Cameron Diaz, Jason Segal, Rob Coddry, and Rob Lowe), the movie fails to find a clear direction and it never develops a comedic voice. “Sex Tape” begins with a now overplayed premise: a husband and wife begin to lose interest in one another as parenthood saps their energy and kills their sex life. The couple, played by Diaz and Segal, decides to make a three-hour long sex tape to add some excitement back into their life. Unfortunately, their tape ends up getting uploaded to the cloud where it can be seen by everyone Segal has given iPads to, including friends, family and co-workers. Despite the fact that Segal knows enough about the iPad to tout its various features every five minutes, he doesn’t know how to get the video down from the cloud, so the couple goes on a crazy adventure in an attempt to destroy the video, which leaves a notable and irritating plot hole.
The huge logical misstep would be easy to overlook if the movie had been what it promised – sexy and/or funny. Unfortunately, a few risqué scenes without any memorable lines of dialogue keep the sex appeal to a minimum, and there are only two or three truly funny scenes in the movie, which makes the short hour-forty-five runtime, drag on.
“Sex Tape” relies on the absurdity of the situation to amuse the audience, and although things get out of hand in a way that might seem comical on paper, the dialogue feels forced, and it frequently feels like the characters are narrating the action instead of talking to one another. Furthermore, director Jake Kasdan clearly felt that the movie was funny enough to take some dramatic liberties. Despite the boring attempts at humor, the movie tries to make a sweet, look-what-we’ve-learned type of conclusion that just adds to the movie time and makes the movie feel like an awkward drama instead of the comedy that was expected.
“Sex Tape” consistently stumbles in its attempt to tell a fluid story, and despite a great cast awkward dialogue and poorly constructed, implausible scenes make the movie boring and uninteresting. Although the movie has a few amusing moments and a handful of jokes, “Sex Tape” is ruined by failed attempts at humor, a badly written script and an out-of-place cheesy ending. “Sex Tape” is a complete disappointment from beginning to end, and moviegoers shouldn’t bother watching it, even when it comes out on DVD.