Sex Tape

Posted July 17, 2014 by in


Total Score

.5/ 5

Quick Stats

Genre: comedy
Director: Jake Kasdan
MPAA Rating: R
Actors: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry
Length: 94 minutes
Release Date: 7/18/2014
Studio: Escape Artists, LStar Capital, Media Rights Capital (as MRC), Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
What We Thought

A 90 minute commercial for the iPad. It’s not even a funny commercial.

by Daniel Hodgson
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Sex Tape is not funny.  It can’t be funny.  The story is a roadblock with armed guards making sure anything remotely funny doesn’t slip through.
     The story concerns Jay and Annie (Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz), a married couple who used to have sex all the time, but raising two kids has since gotten in the way of that (the little cockblockers).
     Annie is on the verge of selling her successful blog to entrepreneur Hank (Rob Lowe), and wants to celebrate with a night of sex distraction-free, so she gets her mother to babysit the kids at her place for the night.  Alone at last, Jay and Annie, very drunk, make a three hour long sex tape with his iPad.
     Annie asks Jay to delete the footage, but Jay forgets, and accidentally uploads their marathon to the cloud, where it’s disseminated to every iPad he owns—which he’s given as gifts to friends, family, and even their mailman.  Jay and Annie spend the night trying to retrieve his iPads before anyone views the tape.
     And that right there is why the movie can’t be funny.  Getting caught is funny.  Remember the original American Pie?  Jason Biggs gets caught two different times in two classic scenes.  The reactions are what made it hilarious.  The To-Do List wasn’t great, but it did have a funny running gag where Aubrey Plaza’s virginal character gets caught performing various sex acts for the first time.
     There’s not too much difference between someone watching your sex tape and catching you in the act.  It’s embarrassing either way, and a character’s humiliation is, if done the right way, humorous.
     Jay and Annie spend the entire movie trying to stop the very thing that could make the movie funny, while saying the word “iPad” over and over again.
     I’ve written the word “iPad” five times now, inclusive.  Sex Tape is a ninety minute commercial for the device and other Apple products. There’s a moment where Jay regards an iPad that’s survived being thrown out of a second floor window, “Man, the construction of these things is amazing!” The movie can end right there.  The entire point of the movie is to demonstrate how awesome the iPad is, you know, the iPad? The iPad, iPad, iPad?

About the Author

Daniel Hodgson

Daniel has a degree in film from the University of Texas at Austin, and writes about himself in the third-person, because that's the fashion.


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