Nerdlocker Film Review: Sex Tape


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When I first saw the trailer for Sex Tape I wasn’t overly enthused with the premise. How many times have we seen an idiot post a sex video online and ruin their lives/career? The answer is “too many” and this movie is just as lackluster as the countless, washed up celebrities who’ve had their actual VHS tapes uploaded to the worldwide web the past fifteen years. This movie doesn’t fall far from the tree and the main premise is redundant and even ridiculous. At times it seems that the audience members are having a case of déjà vu where they think, “have I seen this before?”

This time around, Jake Kasdan reincarnates an overused idea with an unlikely duo, Jay (Jason Segel – Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up) and Annie (Cameron Diaz – There’s Something About Mary, Charlie’s Angels) playing the thirty-something couple that are trying to spruce up their sex life after getting married and having kids. As predictable as the story seems, it only gets worse throughout the ninety-four minute run time.

The opening dialogue of the film was quite comedic and shows the intense sex drive of a young couple trying to have sex anywhere they possibly can. This involves many awkward places such as their dorm room with the door open, a library, sitting in the grass while students walk past, but it screams “awkward” from the get go. As their love grows, they get married and it’s the downfall of the rest of the movie. Fast forward ten years and they are the normal suburban parents worrying about their kid’s schedule instead of making time for their romantic relationship. As you can guess with the title of the movie, they spark up their sexual chemistry by making a “sex tape” (ding ding ding).

Even the trimmed up physique of Jason Segel and toned Cameron Diaz couldn’t keep me interested through the more awkward dialogue of the film. As the story progresses, there are many holes in the script that didn’t make sense in terms of technology and just shows more stupidity on Jay’s part. Jay works for a radio station and for some odd reason gets an excessive amount of iPads from them, and so he gives out the devices as presents to family members, friends, and the mailman (?!?). Not only is this not believable as these devices are quite expensive, but a person working in this field would not just pass out these devices for the hell of it, especially without wiping out the data first. Maybe it’s me, but the whole movie seemed like a really bad Apple commercial and I am pretty sure the Apple company had their fingers in the movie in one way or another as a marketing scheme.

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Anyways… Jay brings home a new iPad as Annie is dressed up like Heather Graham from Boogie Nights to bring some chemistry back into the bedroom and their dull marriage. Even with the lack of clothing, they can’t even perform as they used to, so they bring in an old friend, The Joy of Sex. With the book and a bottle of Jose Cuervo tucked nearby, they decide to re-create some of the pages from the book onto video. This entails many unusual props such as a cactus, salami, and costumes that make the audience laugh and feel uncomfortable at the same time. Jay obviously doesn’t think to delete the video and it syncs with all of his apple devices, including all the devices he gave away as presents, including Annie’s quaint and pineapple loving boss played by Rob Lowe. Nevermind the fact that it is not physically possible to sync that many devices with an Apple account, but to not double check the iPad before giving away to a boss is ridiculous and beyond me. After realizing what he had done, this sets up the rest of the film for Jay to try to track down all devices and remove the sex video. The most absurd aspect is if they could have enabled “find my device,” logged into the account, and did a remote wipe of all devices without having to drive anywhere, but that would be too easy.

The plus side of the film was the supporting cast, which consisted of Robby (Rob Corddry – Hot Tub Time Machine), Tess (Ellie Kemper – Bridesmaids), and Hank (Rob Lowe – Parks and Recreation). The funniest part of the film is when Jay, Annie, Robby, and Tess head to Hank’s house to find the iPad that was given to him as a present. They use a charity fund excuse to come inside Hank’s house and track down the device, which turns into a coke party between Annie and Hank, while Jay gets chased around the house by a Lion King loving German shepherd. Hank seems to have a Disney fascination as each room in his home has a caricature of himself in his favorite Disney roles (Lion King, Peter Pan, Pinnochio). Hank is quite comedic and creepy at the same time with his love of Disney, Cocaine, and death metal, but seems they were poking fun at Rob Lowe’s real life experiences with sex tapes and cocaine.

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Jay and Annie track down all but one of the devices, but are then blackmailed by a twelve year old that has the last copy that he uploaded to the Internet. Like most kids today, this kid is smarter and more tech savvy than his predecessors, and requests a large sum of money to take the video down. This leads Annie, Jay and their kids to take a road trip to the websites data center to once and for all remove the sex tape from the web server. Of course they go about it all the wrong ways and include their kids in the breaking and entering scheme. In comes the porno website owner, Jack Black, who questions their intentions while reciting twenty different sexually explicit porno URLS, none of which Annie or Jay work for. Jack Black was in the movie for five minutes and was already funnier than Segal and Diaz were in the entire movie. Will they get the last copy of the video and push this awful series of events behind them? You will have to find out for yourself, but your guess will probably be correct.

Overall, the plot, script and overall main dialogue was pretty horrendous from the get go and I can count on one hand how many times I actually laughed in this “comedy.” Comedies are supposed to be silly and outrageous, but this takes the cake as one of the most redundant and awkward films I have seen in a long time. Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz really didn’t sell me like their past movies have and when they weren’t on screen together, it was just as lackluster as the script. I give kudos to Jake Kasdan for bringing in a hilarious supporting cast (better than the main actors), but fell really short in a movie that will be easily forgotten over time. I wish the writing team would have focused more time on the comedic dialogue and less time on making an unbelievable Apple commercial. If you are looking for a mindless and absurd comedy to waste an hour and a half on, check this out. Otherwise, go pick up Zach and Miri Make a Porno on DVD which has a better script and an abundance of humorous and raunchy sexual content.

If you want awkward humor that doesn’t meet the requirements of the movie title, this one is for you.

Rated R for: Language, Nudity, and Sexual Content.
Run time: 94 minutes
After Credits Scene: Yes
Starring: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper and Rob Lowe.
Director: Jake Kasdan
Out of 5 Nerd Skulls
Story: 2/ Acting: 2.5 / Directing: 2.5 / Visuals: 2
OVERALL: 2 out of 5 Nerd Skulls

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