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Sex Tape

By JAY HORTON
At first glance, Sex Tape—about a couple who records their naughty deeds and then forgets to delete the footage—seems an inexplicably long, foulmouthed and poorly shot Apple commercial. But there's a rather more cynical vision here. Jake Kasdan first brought together Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz in 2011's Bad Teacher, but this film harks back to one of the director’s earlier assaults on the multiplex. Nonsensical capers, the blithe acceptance of recreational drug use, the cruelly lingering dissection of elitist defeatism—Sex Tape is most reminiscent of Orange County, with Kasdan casting the same withering glare on a suburban hellscape. And, as has become his trademark, treating the film with an utter disdain for cinema. What really drives Sex Tape is our shared fascination with the appetite for amateur sex tapes made by folks who look nothing like Cameron Diaz. There’s an implied sadness here that feels intriguingly complicated, but the film’s faults are endless: two-dimensional characters shoved through ludicrous scenarios to negligible ends; sudden tonal changes both pandering and distancing; pop-punk montage scenes inserted whenever momentum flags. Kasdan is, of course, the son of Lawrence Kasdan, who scripted The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders of the Ark, The Big Chill and Grand Canyon; a man whose storytelling gifts divorced heroism from commitment and set the groove for boomer self-mythologies. The younger Kasdan’s absolute disregard for coherent motivators may be just coincidence or a skipped trait, but it's hard not to notice how desperately his filmic universes bend themselves to best cushion the worst actions of awful protagonists.
 
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Release Date: Friday, July 18, 2014
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • MPAA Rating: R [ Language, Nudity, Some Drug Use, Strong Sexual Content ]
  • Critic's Score: C+
  • Starring: Cameron Diaz [Annie], Jason Segel [Jay], Rob Corddry [Robby], Ellie Kemper [Tess], Rob Lowe [Hank], Nat Faxon [Max], Nancy Lenehan [Linda], Giselle Eisenberg [Nell], Harrison Holzer [Howard], Sebastian Thomas [Clive], Timothy Brennen [Walt], Krisztina Koltai [Marta], Randall Park [Edward], Joseph Stapleton [Piper Bros. Executive], James Wilcox [Charlie], Melissa Paulo [Rosie], Erin Brehm [Beth], Kumail Nanjiani [Punit], Artemis Pebdani [Kia], Jolene Blalock [Catalina]
  • Directed by: Jake Kasdan [Director], Kate Angelo [Screenwriter], Jason Segel [Screenwriter], Nicholas Stoller [Screenwriter], Todd Black [Producer], Jason Blumenthal [Producer], Steve Tisch [Producer], David Householter [Executive Producer], Jason Segel [Executive Producer], Jake Kasdan [Executive Producer], David Bloomfield [Executive Producer], Ben Waisbren [Executive Producer], Tim Suhrstedt [Cinematographer], Jefferson Sage [Production Design], Tara Timpone [Film Editor], Steve Edwards [Film Editor], Michael Andrews [Original Music], Debra McGuire [Costume Designer], Anya Colloff [Casting], Michael Nicolo [Casting], Elliott Glick [Art Director], Kyra Curcio [Set Decoration]
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