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Sex Tape

Sex Tape

Cameron Diaz looks especially good in Sex Tape, from all conceivable angles, but unlike some of her other
recent comedy vehicles (Bad Teacher, The
Other Woman)
this one actually offers laughs, plus a compatible costar in
Jason Segel.

For a goofy, R-rated comedy the initial premise is
surprisingly credible: a happily married woman writes a “mommy blog” and wistfully
remembers how she and her husband used to have great sex, all the time, until
parenthood took the spark (and opportunity) out of their lives. One night, with
their two kids away at Grandma’s house, they try to rekindle that magic.
Nothing seems to work until he proposes that they video themselves enacting
every position described in Alex Comfort’s book The Joy of Sex. Unfortunately, he fails to delete the video from
his iPad and it spreads like wildfire to a multitude of iPads he’s recently
given to friends and acquaintances.

At this point, the movie becomes a full-out, R-rated farce:
frantic, sometimes overly frantic, but often quite funny, as Diaz and Segel gingerly
approach various iPad owners in the loop. One of them is Rob Lowe, a “family
values” mogul who’s about to buy Diaz’s blog for big bucks—if they can only
keep him from watching the video.

Much silliness ensues, but the movie rarely runs out of
steam. Diaz and Segel are a good match, with Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper as
their best friends. Segel and his frequent writing partner Nicholas Stoller get
screenplay credit alongside sitcom writer-producer Kate Angelo, who originated
the story.

Director Jake Kasdan doesn’t miss a single laugh
opportunity, and if the film is a bit ragged at times, its likable stars smooth
over most of the rough spots.

Best of all, Sex Tape
doesn’t wear out its welcome. With high energy and a touch of discretion (to
please a wide audience and avoid an NC-17 rating) it accomplishes everything it
sets out to do in an hour and a half. It may not be cinema for the ages, but
it’s fun.




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Wow…this review by Leonard Maltin tells me that I shouldn't rely on his reviews AT ALL moving forward.


You're certainly entitled to your opinion Leonard and about 95 per cent of the time I agree with you but I found this one simply dreadful, even surpassing "Tammy" from a couple of weeks ago as the worst film of the year so far. The yahoos in the audience seemed to enjoy it when they weren't taking or texting though. Different strokes for different folks…I guess!


It accomplishes nothing it sets out to do. It certainly will rank as one if the worst movies of the year by most. What movie were you watching Leonard?


Sorry Leonard, you miss the mark on this one. Sex Tapes is the most juvenile, moronic, exasperating and contrived film I attempted to see in a very long time. I honestly tried to find something to keep me from leaving but after about 45 excruciating minutes I could not stay in my seat and had to leave. The theater was kind enough to give us return passed for another show.

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