Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel plays a married couple who make a naughty video and then go to extreme lengths to stop it from going viral in the movie "Sex Tape." NY1's Neil Rosen filed the following review.
Three years ago, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel teamed with director Jake Kasdan to make a movie called "Bad Teacher." Now, these three are back with a new comedy. It's called "Sex Tape."
Diaz and Segel play Annie and Jay a relatively, happily married couple. But between their busy work schedules and taking care of their kids, free time is pretty scarce. Consequently, their love life has grown a bit stale.
Looking to spice things up, Annie proposes a racy concept. They do indeed make a video, and afterwards, Annie has a simple request: erase that video. Unfortunately, Jay doesn't follow those instructions.
The naughty video only exists on a handful of iPads that Jay has handed out as gifts, so before it goes totally viral and gets out to the general public, Annie and Jay go to extreme lengths to get all the tainted devices back.
Unlike "Bad Teacher," which was consistently funny, Diaz, Segel and Kasdan's latest effort is disappointingly uneven. There are a few segments that are genuinely amusing, and some of the dialogue will occasionally prompt a few laughs, but many of the scenes of go on for too long, the setups are belabored, and a lot of this falls flat.
Making matters worse, Director Jake Kasdan frequently goes the slapstick route. One lengthy scene, where Segel tries to dodge an attack dog while he's trying to retrieve one of the iPads, was funny at first, but ultimately wore out it's welcome.
Diaz and Segel are quite appealing and have great chemistry. Also quite good is the always reliable Rob Lowe, who sort of parodies his own real-life sex tape past here.
It's a mixed bag that's not really worth full price at the box office. It's better suited for a less expensive video or on-demand rental, which is where it will wind up eventually.
Neil Rosen's Big Apple Rating: 2 apples