Sex Tape – Film Review

Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel can't save this cringeworthy caper comedy

Aiming to reignite the on-screen spark they shared in 2011’s Bad Teacher, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel play thirty-something couple Annie and Jay. They decide to spice up their love life by making a sex tape, on an iPad. Zany huh? But thanks to a sloppy plot device that finds the couple gifting Apple tablets to all and sundry (including the mail man) the kooky couple accidentally sync the video via iCloud to all the devices and share their Joy of Sex re-enactment with friends and family. So the race is on to stop their homemade porn from going viral.

Segel’s character sagely states: “Nobody understands the fucking cloud!” There are quite a few celebrities who could echo that sentiment this week. No doubt encouraged by the antics of Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann in Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up and spin-off This is 40, director Jake Kasdan cranks the cheese-o-meter up to 11 and gamely guns for gags in a clumsy caper that gets progressively more cringeworthy.

Jack Black delivers a cool cameo as the head honcho of website ‘Youporn’ and Rob Lowe brings the funny as Annie’s coke-snorting boss in the grip of a mid-life crisis. But the whole thing feels too contrived and the writing isn’t clever enough to hide it. Comedy sex scenes aside, if you were to edit out the F-bombs you’re left with another Hollywood vision of wholesome American life with a couple overcoming their relationship issues in the face of adversity. It might play better at home on TV when you’re expectations are lower but don’t waste your hard earned cash seeing it at the cinema.