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Sex Tape (2014)

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A married couple wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.

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Jake Kasdan

Writers:

Kate Angelo (screenplay), Jason Segel (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Diaz ... Annie
Jason Segel ... Jay
Rob Corddry ... Robby
Ellie Kemper ... Tess
Rob Lowe ... Hank
Nat Faxon ... Max
Nancy Lenehan ... Linda
Giselle Eisenberg ... Nell
Harrison Holzer ... Howard
Sebastian Hedges Thomas Sebastian Hedges Thomas ... Clive
Timothy Brennen ... Walt
Krisztina Koltai Krisztina Koltai ... Marta
Randall Park ... Edward
Joe Stapleton ... Piper Bros. Executive
James Wilcox ... Charlie
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When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense - but ten years and two kids later, the flame of their love needs a spark. To kick things up a notch, they decide - why not? - to make a video of themselves trying out every position in The Joy of Sex in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea - until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they're just one click away from being laid bare to the world... but as their race to reclaim their video leads to a night they'll never forget, they'll find that their video will expose even more than they bargained for. Written by Sony Pictures Entertainment

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The chase to erase begins in 2014 See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use | See all certifications »

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Trivia

The screenplay for this film was featured in the 2011 Blacklist; a list of the "most liked" unmade scripts of the year. See more »

Goofs

When the German Shepherd is chasing Jay in Hank's house, Jay exits through the french doors onto the balcony, from the inside view, the dog grabs the door handle on one side but in the outside view, it the dog grabs the opposite handle. See more »

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Hank: Can I get you anything? Coffee? Finger sandwiches?... Sliced pineapple?
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So Much Better
Written and Performed by Mike Viola
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A poor vehicle to show off Diaz's (acting) talents
26 September 2014 | by bob-the-movie-manSee all my reviews

Cameron Diaz is someone that must be so, SO depressing for many middle-aged women. Bursting onto the screen like a shimmering vision of hotness in "The Mask" when only 21 she then appeared as a highly believable high-school student 4 years later in "There's Something about Mary". Now SIXTEEN years after that in "Sex Tape" the 42-year old Diaz again plays - in a flashback scene - her character Annie as a semi-naked college student - still with a gravity-defying body that seems to refuse to age. There IS something about Diaz!

Sex Tape taps into the general truism that "nobody understand The Cloud" with a storyline that is, I believe, quite novel. Married couple Annie and Jay (Diaz and Jason Segel), generally battered by life and parenthood, try to revive their flagging sex-life by making a home-made porn movie on Jay's new iPad. This private adventure in movie-making is meant to be deleted immediately afterwards: easy come, easy trash.

Unfortunately this is where the Cloud steps in, since the new iPad synchronises all new music and videos to storage in the Cloud using an app delightfully called 'Frankensynch'. However it then simultaneously also synchs the material down to all Jay's previously owned iPads. For reasons of utter geekdom, and showing far too much of the excess of American consumerism, Jay gets each and every new model of iPad that comes out which means there are a significant number of old models that have been gifted to friends, family and business associates of the couple.

This modern and topical set-up leads to scenes of classic farce as Annie and Jay desperately try to retrieve all copies of the video before it can destroy their reputation and particularly the hopes of selling Annie's squeaky-clean 'motherhood' blog to the equally squeaky-clean 'Piper Brothers' corporation, headed by Hank Rosenbaum (Rob Lowe).

The film should be commended for the premise of its novel story by Kate Angelo. However, in terms of the screenplay and the execution by director Jake Kasdan ("Bad Teacher"), the movie is extremely lumpy and uneven.

True that there are some laugh-out loud moments in the film. One in particular with an Alsatian and iPhone's 'Siri' - whilst strongly plagiarising similar scenes in "Something about Mary" and "Father of the Bride" - is still a crackingly funny sequence. However other parts of the film are weighed down with tediously lengthy dialogue between Annie and Jay about the meaning of love and sex in their relationship and these just seems to kill the momentum of both the film and the comedy. The scene outside Rosenbaum's house is a case in point.

In addition, the character U-turn by Harrison Holzer's Howard and the whole scene at the internet IT shop - with Jack Black, the friendly face of porn - is lame and nonsensical.

Diaz, having fully demonstrated her comedic talents throughout her career, is great in this film and Segel has his moments, although is perhaps a bit of an acquired taste. Rob Corddry ("Hot Tub Time Machine") and Ellie Kemper ("The (US) Office") are also very funny as the best friends brought into the secret and suitably spicing up their own sex life as a result.

But once again (as in "Behind the Candelabra") it is Rob Lowe who steals the show as the outrageously ego-centric and manic Rosenbaum. The paintings around his house depicting himself inserted into classic Disney scenes are hilarious: I'd pay to see a sequel of "Meet the Rosenbaums".

As you might guess from the title, the film is very rude with a good deal of nudity, sex and bad language. But more disturbing to me was the casual encouragement to partake in hard drugs (cocaine in this case), depicted as both 'cool' and something that the lead character Annie would "like to try again". I have never taken drugs, and never intend to, which probably puts me in a minority of the population these days! But unless films are based around drug use/taking and display the negative and destructive sides of their use, my firm view is that they should NOT appear in films in such a trivialising manner. Drugs destoy lives. The fact that this film only has a (UK) certification of '15' I find staggering: censors... just say "no".

In summary: great concept, with great potential, but poorly executed.

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Country:

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Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

18 July 2014 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,608,152, 20 July 2014

Gross USA:

$38,543,473

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,069,509
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