'Sex Tape' Review Roundup: Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz Comedy Gets Poor Notices From Critics
Sex Tape, starring Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz as a married couple trying to regain the spark in their sex life, failed to spark much enthusiasm with film’s top critics.
Jay (Segel) and Annie (Diaz) have two kids and two careers that are on the cusp of something big. However, their sex life leaves something to be desired. In an effort to get back to their lusty early days as a couple, the two decide to film themselves having sex. Unfortunately, the sex tape doesn’t remain private for long, as Jay accidentally uploads it to the incomprehensible “cloud” – threatening to expose their romp to friends, family and coworkers.
'Sex Tape' Reviews
Written by Kate Angelo and directed by Jake Kasdan, the R-rated comedy failed to amount to a feature film critics could get behind. The concept, according to reviewers, would have fit better as a sitcom episode. As for the laughs, they’re too few and far between and the sex itself isn’t sexy – but isn’t funny enough to be much more than awkward.
“Sex Tape is a long sitcom episode. Seriously, the premise could easily fit into the new FX show Married. Only there it would likely get some oddball spin and foster some interesting observations on the waning fires of love. In movie form, it’s just the basis for lots of pratfalls, some great gaps in logic and one of the least sexy films about sex ever made.” – Tom Long, Detroit News
“Let's start with the bare facts. A big-screen shot of a naked handstand is an overshare any way you look at it of parts and places better left unexposed — even from the back, even in a raunchy sex comedy titled Sex Tape, even when executed by Jason Segel, like costar Cameron Diaz, a very appealing actor dressed or not. Next, a word about "F-bombs." A fairly liberal use in R-rated fare is expected, but Sex Tape must be going for a Guinness world record.” – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times
"Sometimes, movies enchant and enlighten us about the human condition, and some nights, you go to Sex Tape and hope the popcorn isn’t stale. Nonetheless, Sex Tape rises to meet its very low bar; the performances are serviceable and often cute, and I remember laughing a couple of times. (So disposable is this movie that as I write this, a little more than 12 hours after seeing it, I can feel it fading away.) – Moira Macdonald, Seattle Times
"Sex Tape has its share of laughs, but it's not the hilarious romp that the trailers seemed to promise. About a third of it is a brilliant setup – but it's for a joke that never happens, at least not completely. A comedy, especially a broad sex comedy, needs to go to extremes. But Sex Tape is a little careful and contained.” – Mike LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
Sex Tape is currently in wide release.