You might think putting two talented comedic performances such as Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in a movie called Sex Tape would pretty much sell itself. It didn’t. When it opened this past summer, it failed to garner audience attention. Now I know why.
Diaz and Segel reunite with their Bad Teacher director Jake Kasdan for this uninspired and unfocused farce in which they play married couple Annie and Jay, who’ve let the spark dissipate in their relationship. To get their collective mojo back in gear, they decide to make said film title and, sure enough, it gets released on the infamous “cloud”. The duration of the picture is devoted to them trying to retrieve it back and save their dignity.
The simple premise is probably one that could be mined for humorous results. Yet both Diaz and particularly Segel seem as bored as their characters before they go all Kim and Ray J. Their best friends are played by Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper and this talented duo fail to add much to the proceedings either. In fact, only Rob Lowe provides occasional laughs as a business associate looking to buy Annie’s blog. He’s in full Creepy Rob Lowe mode here and he’s almost as funny as his recent turn in those DirecTV commercials. There’s also a surprise cameo towards the conclusion that falls mostly flat.
Sex Tape is an uncomfortable hodgepodge of forced dark humor with trite sentimental romance. It tries to copy the formula of the original Hangover unsuccessfully by not showing us the sex tape until the end. By that point, the previous 90 minutes have rendered us so turned off that no tape could spice our spirits up.
*1/2 (out of four)