Review Roundup: Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz Star in New Comedy SEX TAPE
Jason Segal and Cameron Diaz team up in the new comedy 'Sex Tape', which hits theaters today, July 18th. Segal and Diaz star as Jay and Annie, a married couple undoubtedly lost the all sense of 'passion' when it comes to the bedroom. In an attempt to rekindle the flame, they decide to create a three hour Sex Tape in which they perform every position in 'The Joy of Sex'. But when the tape accidently goes public, Jay and Annie struggle to delete all Evidence of the tape and save their reputations.
Directed by Jake Kasdan and co-written by Kate Angelo, Nicholas Stoller, and Jason Segal, the acting company also features Ellie Kemper, Rob Corddry, and Rob Lowe.
Let's see what the critics had to say!
Matt Tamanini, BroadwayWorld: Despite its slightly restrained feel, the movie, mainly on the likeability of stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, manages to be entertaining and diverting, despite not being all that memorable. It feels like Kasdan is trying to delicately straddle the line between gross-out comedy and rom-com. Unfortunately, that indecision robs the film of its teeth... unless you like that sort of thing.
A.O Scott, The New York Times: While there is some notion that the sale of Annie's blog to a toy company would be jeopardized if the video were to come to light, she and Jay don't seem to risk much more than mild discomfort. And the main reason that "Sex Tape," while often quite funny, fails to qualify as a comedy is the Absence of any real conflict or complication.
Michael O'Sullivan, The Washington Post: Segel and Diaz are gifted and game comedians, with a lot of audience appeal. But Lowe clearly upstages them, consummating their "Sex Tape" - and making you want to roll over and have a cigarette - while there's still one reel to go.
Claudia Puig, USA Today: But viewers seeking a fresh comedy, a seductive romp, or even just an escape from boredom for a couple hours will be left dismally unsatisfied by this stilted, nearly humorless, non-titillating slog.
Leah Greenblatt, Enterainment Weekly: Director Jake Kasdan, who also helmed Bad Teacher and Friends With Kids, doesn't quite seem to know what tone he's going for, and the last half of the movie veers wildly between crude hard-R comedy and warm-hearted teachable moments.