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Sex Tape (2014)

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18

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 136
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 112

With neither the conviction to embrace its smutty premise nor enough laughs to function as a worthwhile rom-com, the flaccid Sex Tape suffers from cinematic impotence.

3

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 33

With neither the conviction to embrace its smutty premise nor enough laughs to function as a worthwhile rom-com, the flaccid Sex Tape suffers from cinematic impotence.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 40,665

My Rating

Movie Info

Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a married couple still very much in love, but ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To get it back, 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 has gone public. In a panic, they begin a wild night of adventure - tracking down leads, roping in friends, duping Annie's boss -

R,

Comedy

Oct 21, 2014

$38.5M

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All Critics (136) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (112)

A tired premise and a sheen of desperate flop sweat tanks this DOA comedy, which plays more like an ancient Playboy doodle than a full-fledged movie.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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Even for a farce, the situations stretch credulity far beyond the breaking point.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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It's strange to watch a comedy full of talented people that does not work from the opening scene. It's like eating food and not tasting anything.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland
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Sex Tape is warmer and more amusing than its ads would lead one to believe. In fact, it's almost good enough, leaning a little too hard on the innate likability of stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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At heart, it's about as naughty as an old Disney movie with Dean Jones, Suzanne Pleshette, and an unruly Great Dane. I liked its gung-ho slapstick spirit, though. No one's slacking off.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Sex is treated first as brainless imperative, then as acrobatic duty, then as desperate consequence - it's never sexy in any way.

July 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Can a movie be rife with profanity, nudity, vulgarity and sexual content, yet ultimately be as corny and wholesome as an Ozzie and Harriet episode? Unfortunately, yes.

September 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The film's misfiring plot - it turns into a family farce by the finale - never quite makes enough sense to forgive it.

September 11, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Why does a Sony movie function as a ninety minute commercial for Apple products?

September 10, 2014 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

Sweaty, naked panic is a poor substitute for genuinely raw humour, so the movie comes across like The Benny Hill Show, Uncut.

September 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

I counted three laughs in this wannabe bawdy comedy of errors, and one of them was a Breaking Bad gag so far past its tell-by date that even I got the joke.

September 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Sex Tape is wittier and less smutty than its reputation might suggest.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Oh my, this is truly embarrassing.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

Dreary and charmless.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

Sex Tape is too busy blowing smoke up Apple's rear port to make any meaningful comment on the testy relationship between intimacy and technology.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: TheShiznit.co.uk
TheShiznit.co.uk

This gormless farrago feels like the manifestation of a vast collective nervous breakdown.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Does it matter that the film itself ain't that funny? Annie and Jay are mostly anodyne; Diaz and Segel really don't click.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

It all feels terribly feeble and no matter how energetic and broad the comedy mugging of Diaz and an ill-looking Segel it rarely raises a laugh. What a right old Carry On.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

The best news here is the elasticity of the star pairing.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Like cinematic contraception, this mirthless nonsense may put you off movies AND sex.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Limp.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Although it presents itself as a rude sex comedy, this movie is actually a prudish exercise in simplistic moralising.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Not especially funny or sexy.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

Color me absolutely astonished that this is genuinely sweet and wholly sex-positive. Unfortunately, it's also completely unfunny.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Neither raunchy nor insightful enough, this Sex Tape underwhelms.

September 3, 2014 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

Segel and Diaz are fine, cute and up for it, but they are let down by a cynical script more interested in selling hardware than entertaining the audience.

September 1, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Sex Tape

A 20-minute sitcom story stretched into a 90-minute feature film that is sloppily constructed and actually would have a bit of potential in better hands. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal are fine as the leading duo and their interactions with people after their sex "file" is released can be quite funny, but that is only due to the fact that the film has a funny and likable cast. In the end it just throws lame and over the top cliches at your face while hammering in some family life lessons that you will not care about, because it doesn't have anything to do with the movie. Moral of the story, don't make a sex tape unless you are in the business, because it will not lead to anything good. Something I could have read in an online article. "Sex Tape" hits a few times and I chuckled, but it's basic premise and unoriginal climax ruins anything the film had going for it. Would I ever recommend this film? Oh hell no, but if you have nothing else to watch on television, give it a go just to see the mediocrity for yourself. I may not be as harsh on this as I should be, but the actors elevated it for me.
July 30, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

I had a mixed to negative reaction to the film. They had a good idea for a film but they didn't execute it correctly. The film needed a major rewrite. I liked Bad Teacher a little bit better than this film. Segel and Diaz have a great on screen chemistry but need a better script than this. Jack Black has a funny cameo appearance. I thought the scene at Rob Lowe's place was too over the top.
July 22, 2014
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Sol C

Super Reviewer

Re-teaming for the first time since the bad education given moviegoers in Bad Teacher, Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz fare even worse here, never managing to turn their Sex-Capades into Laugh-Olympics. At the outset, Sex Tape turns a funnier and more acerbic eye on the truisms of being Married...with Children than Segel's co-hort Judd Apatow did with This is 40. There endeth any moments resembling comedy, however. Also, This is 69 just wouldn't cut it as a title, so the focus falls on the proposal of making and aftermath of making - not the actual filming of - a sex tape, slow-building toward some expected hilarity that just never shows. As an audience member, you kind of hang back patiently waiting for this slow burn approach to finally deliver a whammy moment, fully thinking the long awkward scenes and drawn-out plotting is part of Sex Tape's eventual comedic payoff. Even the post-ending scenes shown over the credits, scenes where we finally get to the see the filming of the Sex Tape in a delayed manner similar to The Hangover's photographic reveal of their hazy fun-filled night, ultimately sets viewers up for disappointment. Worst of all, despite boasting an R-rating and salacious title, Sex Tape plays out tamer than the characters' humdrum lives. It's shame too because the case is firing on all cylinders.

In this R-rated comedy, a married couple (Diaz, Segel) made harried by being parents decide to spice up their relationship by filming their first sexual encounter in months...only the video doesn't stay their secret for long.

Cameron Diaz has never been better. She may've cut her teeth in comedy (My Best Friend's Wedding, There's Something About Mary) and honed it along the way (Being John Malkovich, In Her Shoes) but she doesn't make a wrong move here save for signing off on the half-baked script. Meanwhile, Jason Segel excels at playing a goofy put-upon everyman even when the only one putting anything upon him proves to be himself. Any beef with Segel gets directed toward his screenwriting. He and partner Nicholas Stoller have turned out A-Grade hilarity before (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, The Five-Year Engagement, The Muppets). In working from Kate Angelo's story idea and first draft, however, they just can't mine many funny moments.

Bottom line: The Five-Year Disengagement
July 22, 2014
Jeff B.
Jeff Boam

Super Reviewer

From the cast and crew that brought you Bad Teacher, comes Sex Tape, and on the surface it had all the makings of the next big comedic hit. Many people were saying that Sex Tape could be the next Hangover, as it is an original idea with an all-star cast, but sadly it falls well short of expectations. Annie & Jay's marriage has become a little stale, so one night they decide to spice things up by making a Sex Tape. Jay is a music producers and inexplicably neglects the fact that his laptop is connected to many other devices, and the tape finds its way to the cloud. Once again, Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz have absolutely no chemistry. They are too different types of actors that just don't compliment each other and they are even less believable as a married couple. If that were the only issue with this film, maybe I could have gotten passed it, but the real problem, as with Bad Teacher, is that the writers don't know their audience. This is an R rated film about a sex tape and in no way meant for children, yet the jokes are on a sixth grade level. As an adult going to see a raunchy comedy, I'm not interested in jokes about erections and diarrhea, it's in very poor taste and isn't something many adults will respond to. This film is supposed to be a laugh out loud comedy, but there was barely even a snicker in the movie theater, which basically tells you all you need to know about this film. Sex Tape is trying to get people to see it under the guise of being raunchy and featuring some pretty attractive stars, that fans hope they will get to see naked. The truth is that it is very amateurish, you really don't see all that much, and the jokes could be out of PG movie. All in all, Sex Tape is a big disappointment and a huge waste of time.
July 21, 2014
Tss807

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