Thursday 2 October 2014

Review: Sex Tape (2014)

So, at the last Flick Chick movie night we watch 2 full movies but that was not enough for us apparently because the next day we up and trotted off to the cinema to see a third film!!  The only film that fit the times we needed was Sex Tape and I actually did want to see it so win win! Or not....

I was on the fence. I actually really like Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal, but after the reviews came flooding in I think I would have given this a miss if it weren't for our trip out.

Sex Tape follows Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Jason Segal), who in trying to spice up their sex life make a (3hour?) sex tape.  The next morning however, they find that the tape had automatically synced to the iPads they have given out to people (who has this kind of money!).  Including the mailman, their best friends Robby (Rob Corddry) and Tess (Ellie Kemper) and Annie's boss, Hank (Rob Lowe).  The race is on the get the iPads back before the people realise the video is on there.

I kind of knew this wasn't going to be that good when I discovered the premise of the storyline, I mean who has money to buy multiple iPads on a regular basis and then GIVE the other ones away, not sell them.  Forgetting that, that is ridiculously expensive, its just a terrible excuse for the writers to create the situation that they need for the storyline.  I could have happily forgiven this hiccup had the rest of the story been funny, witty, clever, or even just one of the above.  The storyline is so contrived that you would assume they had a brilliant mid-section or ending that they just had to get to by any means necessary, but no.  The rest of the film continues to be completely forced with stupid dialogue used to get the lead characters into even more ridiculous situations, that are less than funny. 

It's just a really lazy concept! There could have surely been a more realistic spin on the iPad thing, surely. Most of the funny moments were in the trailer, but I will never stop laughing at the line 'Nobody understands the cloud!', I will always find that funny!

The 'sexy' scenes were neither sexy nor funny (not sure which they were aiming for) but just uncomfortable and awkward which made the majority of the film pretty hard to watch. They are most definitely not safe for anywhere. (NSFA??)

This appeared to be a very long episode of a sitcom rather than a movie with each scene becoming more stupid than the last.  I am a huge fan of Diaz and Segal but even they couldn't save this for me.  The best part of the film was the end credits, which was the first part in the movie when I actually laughed.

It was a good idea in principal, and it can't have done too badly for itself because the cinema was fairly busy for a Saturday afternoon a few weeks after release. This just didn't work for me, and like Jenna said, the credits are actually brilliant!

Overall, I would suggest see it for yourself, you might like it.  I wouldn't rush though!! Nope, don't rush. Wait till the DVD is mega cheap in some sale, then get drunk with your friends and watch it. Agreed



  1. Good reviews from both of you. Honestly, the movie had a chance to be funny, but it really couldn't get past the mediocrity level.

    1. Thanks Dan! To be honest the concept could have been great, but this just fell short. Hopefully the idea gets picked up again sometime and is done better :)
      - Allie