Release Date: July 25, 2014
Runtime: 90 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Jake Kasdan
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The movie stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel as Jay and Annie, a married couple who used to love sex anywhere, everywhere and in every way imaginable when they first met, but who have lost their spark after 10 years and two children. Annie is about to sell her blog about mommy life to a major online distributor headed by Hank Rosenbaum (Rob Lowe). Hank is an apparent white-bread milquetoast who loves Annie’s wholesome image. She and Jay decide to celebrate by shipping the children off to grandma and having a wild sex night.
Even then, however, they are too stressed to enjoy themselves. Through a series of mishaps large and small, Jay and Annie wind up worrying that they’ve lost their sexual attraction for each other. Until, that is, Annie suggests using an iPad to make a sex tape of themselves, with the intention of erasing it the next day.
Instead of erasing it, clumsy Jay accidentally sends the video out to a group of friends and family whose used iPads are linked together. So, Jay and Annie, with their two best friends in tow, go on a crazed overnight quest to grab all the iPads back before the sex video can be seen. Complications ensue when Annie’s new boss becomes a prime target.
A title like SEX TAPE should make it clear that this isn’t a movie for media-wise viewers with moral concerns. It definitely is one of the more sexually graphic movies to come out of a big Hollywood studio in years. There are numerous sex scenes, played mostly for laughs, with the most graphic nudity thankfully left to the viewer’s imagination. The movie’s frequent sex jokes and dialogue about sex are also hindrances. SEX TAPE also contains an inappropriate comical scene about cocaine use.
Despite all the raunchiness, the performances are comically adept across the board. Director Jake Kasdan gives the movie’s cleanest parts – the hunt for the video and iPads – a lot of energy. One extended sequence at the home of Annie’s boss Hank is a gem of comical surprises, particularly with Jay’s battle royal against a vicious dog. Seeing that the movie can be funny without the raunchy sexual focus makes one wish that the filmmakers would just make a solidly funny movie without so much graphic content.
The movie’s raunchy pagan content is mixed with some solid moral elements showing the protagonists are devoted to each other and are good parents, even if they are sex-obsessed. By the end, they come to the conclusion they don’t have to either be deprived of sex nor constantly focused on it. Instead, sex should just be one part of a balanced married life.
As usual with such comedies, the cleaner parts of SEX TAPE are actually more funnier than the crude, obscene jokes. The scenes where the protagonists have to retrieve the iPads have energy and humor. Also, the protagonists are devoted to each other and are good parents, despite being sex-obsessed. The rest of SEX TAPE, however, is filled with frequent foul language and explicit lewd content. There’s also a comical scene about cocaine use.