For years it seemed like we just couldn’t get any R-rated comedies, but now they seem to be more on the upswing thanks to some that have hit the mark. The latest, Sex Tape, looks to keep that trend alive and is bringing along a pretty fun cast including Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, and Nat Faxon, but does it deliver the raunchy comedy expected or will it be a tape that should have been erased?
Sex Tape follows a married couple trying to reignite the spark in their marriage so they make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. When they discover that their video accidently sent out to all their friends and family, they set out on a race to reclaim their video that leads to a night they'll never forget and more than they bargained for. With a title like Sex Tape this film already set an expectation of what is expected in this type of comedy. Thankfully it lives up to it overall. Sure there are numerous clichéd comedy moments that aren’t anything you haven’t seen before, but as a whole it still ended up being pretty funny. Segel and Diaz have great chemistry and comedic timing and help to make this film work more than it might have. The rest of the cast do a fine job, with Lowe stealing the movie. His small role is bizarre and hilarious delivering some of the most entertaining moments of the whole film. From the first film it tries to keep bringing the raunchy fun, but throughout it never lets completely loose. Make no mistake there are plenty of sex filled hilarious moments, but some of them felt like they still pulled some punches. For those going in to see the rumored nudity of Diaz may be sorely disappointed as she is naked, but never shows much more than her butt as does Segel. The story is pretty grounded initially, but quickly heads into the world of insane silliness but was too be expected from the trailers. Surprisingly the story made more sense that it seemed like it would, but may still through some people off.
This is one of those raunchy comedies that isn’t breaking down any walls or bringing anything new to the genre, but still manages to bring enough laughs that should keep fans happy. Comedy is a funny thing with everyone finding different things that work for everyone so no telling if this one will hit its mark with fans, but there is no doubting that despite some of its shortcomings Segel and Diaz have crafted a fun raunchy film worth checking out.