Sex Tape review by George Hooper - Cinema Paradiso
I never really understood what Cameron Diaz brought to Hollywood despite blonde hair, a significant lack of acting talent and a whole lot of nothing else. That is why I am pleased to report that in Sex Tape she has outdone herself, not only in terms of her worst movie yet but also in terms of dragging down a rabble of great comedy actors with her. This is Sex Tape everybody and if you make it to the end, congratulations you are probably in a very small club.
Sex Tape follows married couple Annie (Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segel), a happy couple who look to spice things up. When they decide to make a sex tape they unleash a storm of trouble as they accidentally send it to their friends and co-workers and must scramble to get it back before anyone has a chance to see it so that they can avoid ruining their lives for at least a few more days.
The closest you can get to Sex Tape without watching it is an Adam Sandler comedy as they both turn to gross out humour, ridiculous physical comedy and idiotic side characters for most of the films laughs. The problem is that everyone has been told to go so over the top in their performances that the film is almost like pantomime as you expect someone to yell ‘he’s behind you’ at any minute. Not only that but the whole premise is idiotic, not only in a logistical sense but also in how the film feigns to understand the concept of the internet.
However the main problem with Sex Tape isn’t its idiotic plot, its terrible performances or its similarities to Grown Ups (something that should instantly warn you away from it), it’s the fact that the film pretends to be about a couple trying to get their grove back but neither of them seem comfortable with each other at any moment in the film. Diaz and Segel are dreadful together and it sucks the life out of the beginning and end in a way that is unquantifiable and while I can cope with bad jokes and poor acting I can’t deal with a film so poorly thought out that even the casting is dreadful.