Sex Tape features a strong comedic cast but it really does not know what type of comedy it wants to be.
Directed by Jake Kasdan from a screenplay written by Kate Angelo and Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller, Sex Tape stars Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob Lowe. The cast also inludes Nat Faxon, Nancy Lenehan, Giselle Eisenberg, Harrison Holzer, and Sebastian Hedges Thomas.
Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple that is very much still in love but after having two kids over ten years, the passion has cooled off a bit. To get that passion back, Annie decides that they should film themselves trying out every position in The Joe of Sex. This turns into a marathon three hours, which thankfully this film is not that long.
What was thought to be a great idea at the time becomes a nightmare when Jay receives a mysterious text from someone claiming to have watched their sex tape. Realizing that everything went up in the cloud, a wild, adventurous night ensues as they start to panic. They track down leads, rope in their friends, Robby and Tess (Corddry and Kemper), and dupe Annie’s new boss, Hank (Lowe), just to reclaim their video, reputation, sanity, and, most importantly, marriage.
While they lose the sex tape, what it does in the long run is strengthen their marriage.
Sex Tape doesn’t really fit into the genre of a romantic comedy. At the same time, it does not fit the buddy comedy profile either. Despite the bawdy and raunchy comedy, I’m not sure where it really fits into the genre. There are some laughs but it’s nothing like the laugh-out-loud riot that Neighbors was.
See it at your own risk.