If you can get past the complete lack of common sense displayed on the part of the characters played by Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel in Sex Tape, this is a sometimes amusing, more often silly, sex comedy.
Segel and Diaz’s characters, as we learn in the opening scenes, really enjoy having sex with each other. But, 10 years and two kids later, they are just too busy or tired to get it on. Until, one night the kids are at grandma’s and they decide to make a tape of themselves trying out all the positions in Alex Comfort’s famous 1970s book, The Joy of Sex.
Segel is supposed to erase the tape afterwards, but doesn’t and, of course, accidently distributes copies of their antics to friends, family and business associates, one of whom sends it to a popular porn site.
Diaz and Segel do have a certain rapport and some of their efforts to retrieve the tape are funny.
But, more often, they are nonsensical, even stupid. If you’ve always wanted to see the two leads buck naked, and continually using the f-word, this is your big chance. Generally American movies handle sex badly, making it rude and crude, clumsy and humourless and this film is a prime example.
Most of it can be blamed on a poor script. A final observation would be that despite the title and the onscreen antics, the last word one would use to describe this movie is sexy.
Rating: two deer out of five
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Alf Cryderman is a Red Deer freelance writer and old movie buff.