Sex Tape Directed by Jake Kasdan. With Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz. A suburban husband and wife Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz , frustrated by their diminished sex life after years of marriage and the distractions of having two young children, get the bright idea to shoot a three-hour video of themselves having sex on the floor of their living room. Then, in one of those accidents that only seem to happen in R-rated bodily function comedies that open during the month of July, the video gets uploaded to the internet by mistake, and they spend the rest of Sex Tape trying to stop the world from seeing it.
Writer-actor Segel plays the role of chief meathead and armpit licker Jay. Segel specializes in affable, bewildered, modern males, as in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and other Judd Apatow-produced projects. We're completely comfortable with the idea of Segel, say, elaborating on his erections or getting mauled by a guard dog. Cameron Diaz, however, is another story.
She's done gross-out comedy before, and her role as Sex Tape's fortysomething-mom-with-a-difference Annie is her second prurient go-round with both Segel and director Jake Kasdan — they made Bad Teacher together.
But we can't shake the feeling she's wasting her time here, compared to her parts in Gangs of New York or even There's Something About Mary. Her body is in great shape, but she doesn't need to build a character around that. Everyone has to make a living, though. There are "honest" comic situations and "dishonest" ones. Once we get over Jay and Annie's simulated clinches and dirty talk, the title is the most scandalous thing about this basically harmless comedy.
He's in negotiations to acquire Annie's blog, "Who's Your Mommy? Hank's home is positively Dada-esque — the outrageously hideous paintings, the cocaine, the killer dog, Hank's sleazy smirk, etc.
Everything goes right back to sleep again after that, despite the cameo mugging of Jack Black as a porno kingpin and the presence of Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper as Jay and Annie's best friends, who are just as horny and repressed as their buddies. The material may look "crude" but the concept is slick as glass. Annie and Jay turn out to be just another wholesome American family after all. Contact the author of this piece, send a letter to the editor, like us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter.