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.
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter: This high-concept, low-brow comedy about a couple whose homemade sex video threatens to get out there for the world to see is mostly about what's below the belt, but also seems to want to be family-friendly in a perverse sort of way.
Dana Stevens, Slate: Sex Tape, conversely, is as timid, bland, and predictable as romantic comedies come-though it's a hard movie to hate entirely, whether because of its game and likeable co-stars or because the script (by Segel, his Forgetting Sarah Marshall collaborator Nicholas Stoller, and Kate Angelo) just keeps trying so doggedly to sell its preposterous-and apparently technologically impossible-comic premise.
Drew McWeeny, Hitfix: ...it feels like it flirts with truly insane material, but without ever really committing to it. It means the film feels like it sort of struggles to find its footing in terms of tone, and I'm not sure it can.
Eric Walkuski, Joblo: I smiled, I grinned, I might have even snickered a few times, but I never actually heartily laughed during SEX TAPE.
Matt Neal, The Standard: Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, despite both being competent actors who have ably demonstrated chemistry with other actors in the past, have absolutely no chemistry together.
Connie Ogle, Sacbee: The cinematic equivalent of herpes, "Sex Tape" is an uncomfortable embarrassment to raunchy comedies everywhere.
Matt Juul, Boston.com: "Sex Tape" may be hindered by a script that doesn't really push any boundaries, but it's still a fun flick suited for date night couples-kind of like Annie and Jay, who could use an escape the ritual of their relationship, if only for a couple hours.