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‘Sex Tape’ Review: Starring Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz & Rob Lowe

Two things come to mind when thinking about director Jake Kasdan’s (2011’s Bad Teacher) Sex Tape. One is that Cameron Diaz is in the best physical shape of her life (girl looks good!) and two, just like Kasdan’s Bad Teacher, Sex Tape has some weird moments and despite its talented cast who give it their all, it could’ve been better.

Happily married couple Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) have been married for over 10 years, have two kids and keep pretty busy balancing parenthood, their jobs and marriage. Though the two are sill very much in love, but as they’ve gotten older, their sex life as taken a toll and simmered down. Desperate and excited to reignite the spark, Annie suggests that she and Jay film themselves in the act. Jay agrees and after a few shots of tequila, the two make a three-hour long video with positions straight out of a book titled “The Joy of Sex.”

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After their wild night, Annie asks Jay to delete the video off of his iPad. But before he thinks to delete it, their night of passion has been synched to Jay’s iCloud, which means everyone Jay has given one of his old iPads to, can now see the video. This includes the mailman, their good friends Robby (Robb Corddry) and Tess (Ellie Kemper) and Annie’s new boss Hank (Rob Lowe). For the next 24 hours, Jay and Annie scramble to get the iPads back in order to delete the video and craziness ensues.

It’s obvious that Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz are committed to the roles and willing to do anything crazy and ridiculous to make the screenplay work and earn laughs. The sequence at the beginning of the movie showing the young couple in love is quite entertaining and when we finally see clips of the actual sex tape near the end, it’s clear these two had a fun time making the movie. Also, Cameron Diaz (and Jason Segel for that matter) has never looked better.

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However, Sex Tape fails to really use its supporting actors Rob Corddry and the criminally underrated Ellie Kemper are wasted as the best friend couple in the movie. The funniest sequence in the film features Rob Lowe, but I even wanted to see more of his character. About three quarters of the way through the film, there is a fun cameo by a well-known comedic actor (not giving it away here!), who manages to pick up the story if only for a little bit. I’m looking forward to the day when Ellie Kemper will be cast in a role that is not supporting

Sex Tape features committed performances from Segel and Diaz, but despite its R-rated subject matter, the movie plays it too safe and some of the jokes fall flat, which leaves the overall picture unmemorable.

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