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SEX TAPE

SYNOPSIS:
Married couple Annie (Cameron Diaz) and Jay (Steve Segel) wake up to discover that the sex tape they made the evening before has gone missing, leading to a frantic search for its whereabouts.

Review by Louise Keller:
Sex sells they say, but here, it's the Diaz factor that holds all the aces, elevating this rather smutty concept into a mostly playful affair with some unexpected laugh-out-loud moments. Thanks to Diaz and her likeable screen presence, all implications of sleaze fly out the window as she and Jason Segel push the boundaries of imaginative positions for the central sex tape of the title. Of course the afore-said concept is milked for all its worth as the implausibility of the premise and technicals involving creative synchronisations and accidental upload to the mysterious cloud is presented as some abracadabra feat. Despite some nudity and tedious sexual innuendo repetition, the film plays as unsexily as the disintegration of Annie (Diaz) and Jay's (Segal) sex lives since children and busy lifestyle took precedence over lust and spontaneity.

The funniest sequence involves Rob Lowe as Hank, the CEO of the company with family values who is interested in publishing Annie's blog. It's a comedy of errors as Annie and Jay arrive on the doorstep of Hank's plush LA home in the middle of the night, aiming to retrieve one of the iPads containing a copy the offending sex tape. The pretence of diarrhoea, a persistent Alsatian, an 11 inch double sided red dildo and a line of cocaine are the unlikely ingredients of the hilarity that follows, with Lowe playing it beautifully straight. Watch out for the hilarious artwork in Hank's home. Also funny is the scene in which Jack Black appears as the YouPorn channel king, made even funnier by the fact that Annie and Jay's two youngsters (Sebastian Hedges Thomas and Giselle Eisenberg) are participating in what they have been told is a 'breaking and entering game'.

Director Jake Kasdan, who worked with Diaz and Segel in Bad Teacher (2011) keeps the energy levels high, but there is a lot of repetition and the jokes eventually wear thin. The anonymous text message theme that alerts Jay to his tape upload goof does not really work; nor does the side plot involving the couple's best friends, played by Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper. But Diaz and Segel have a nice easy rapport and great chemistry, which makes the unwatchable far more palatable. Besides, Diaz can be sexy in the most disarming way - she can charm guys and girls simultaneously without even trying.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

SEX TAPE (MA15+)
(US, 2014)

CAST: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe, Nat Faxon, Nancy Lenehan

PRODUCER: Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch

DIRECTOR: Jake Kasdan

SCRIPT: Kate Angelo, Jason Segel, Nicholas Stoller

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tim Suhrstedt

EDITOR: Steve Edwards, Tara Timpone

MUSIC: Michael Andrews

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jefferson Sage

RUNNING TIME: 94 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Sony

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: July 17, 2014







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