You've probably already guessed, Sex Tape's funniest scenes are in the trailer. Damn. In a movie world desperate for a decent and funny mature comedy, this one had such potential. But potential is one thing, execution is another.
Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal are Annie and Jay. Their relationship begins with lots and lots of sex in lots and lots of places. Then they marry, have kids and careers and lots and lots of sex becomes lots and lots of time between encounters. One day, they celebrate her getting her dream job by making their own porno movie.
He's supposed to erase it but doesn't. While saving his copy, Jay -- who has this not well-identified music job, probably radio -- accidentally shares the video with a bunch of people he's given iPads to.
That includes the Rob Lowe's Hank, who owns the "family-friendly" company of Annie's blogging dream job, and their best friends, who are nicely played by Rob Corddry and The Office's Ellie Kemper.
For comedy chops, no actress today has more going for her than Diaz. You can make the same defense for her ability to do hard drama. The lady is super talented, but super talent is one thing and picking great projects is another. Diaz, sadly, has picked very few good movies.
This is one of them.
Diaz does Diaz in this one and has this wonderful ability to make you love her no matter how bad the part or the movie. The same can't be said for Segal. He's a one-dimensional actor whose big claim to fame is full-frontal nudity and writing claims for the forgettable Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Fortunately, he spares us here. If only he'd spared us the movie.
Segal writes this one with his partner in writing crime, Nicholas Stoller, who helped him pen the also forgettable -- other than Jonah Hill's terrific performance -- Get Him to the Greek. They also wrote the first of the new Muppet movies, and Stoller penned the second.
Also joining the project is Kate Angelo, who put paper to the awful Jennifer Lopez star vehicle The Back-up Plan, and it's directed by Bad Teacher's Jake Kasdan.
Segel and pal's screenplay isn't funny, and Kasdan's movie is done in episodic chunks. Not even the always funny and highly entertaining Corddry can save this one.
Are you seeing a word pattern here? Bad. Not funny. Forgettable. And ultimately, regrettable. This movie is total trash and not even funny trash.
Maybe this is more information than you want, and I know I shouldn't say it, but making a sex tape -- which I would never do and neither would most of us -- would be a hell of a lot more fun than seeing this movie about one.
Director: Jake Kasdan
Stars: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Jack Black
Mr. Movie rating: 1 star
Rated R for mature themes, brief nudity, language. It's playing at the Carmike 12, the Fairchild Cinemas 12 and the Walla Walla Grand Cinemas.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen.
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on DVD.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.