Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) met in college. When their relationship started, things were very hot and heavy. They would get it on whenever and wherever possible. After they got married and had kids, things slowed down considerably. They got to the point where they would schedule their “activities” a few days ahead of time. Things happen. People get tired. The scheduled romps would get postponed.
Annie meets with members of a wholesome toy company, interested in buying her “mommy blog.” Hank Rosenbaum (Rob Lowe), the owner of the company comes to the meeting to tell Annie how excited he is to have her on board. Certain that the meeting will result in some sort of “meaningful” offer, Annie decides to set up a special celebration for her and Jay.
The problem is, it has been so long, Jay and Annie almost forget how. After some failures, Annie gets the idea to make a sex tape. They take one of the many iPads Jay has lying around and decide to film every act in The Joy of Sex. Three hours later, they pass out from exhaustion. Annie sleepily tells Jay to erase the video.
The next day, Jay gets a text from an anonymous number telling him the person enjoyed the video. Jay realizes that the video has been synched to the countless iPads Jay and Annie had given as gifts to friends, family, and any number of acquaintances. This sets off a late night search to retrieve all the old iPads. Joined by their friends, Robby (Rob Corddry) and Tess (Ellie Kemper), the team’s first priority is to get back the iPad Annie had given to Hank.
Sex Tape continues the chemistry Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz first introduced in 2011’s Bad Teacher. The pair have similar comedic stylings that play well off each other. Their success in Bad Teacher continues into Sex Tape. Jason obviously got himself into a bit better shape than he is usually in, I’m sure to make sure he isn’t completely outshined and out of the league of the always amazing looking Cameron Diaz.
Rob Corddry and Ellie Kemper don’t disappoint, either. While a little underused, the two add plenty of comedy to the mix. I would have to say that the best performance comes from Rob Lowe, as the straight-laced(?) CEO. The 20 minutes or so Jay and Annie spend in his house trying to find the iPad is probably the highlight of the movie. Rob delivers his lines in such a manner that you can’t help but laugh.
The jokes are continuous throughout the whole movie. (As is the swearing.) While not all of them hit, the bit about “the cloud” gets a little overplayed, the movie is funnier than I expected. The cast as a whole delivers. At times, though, it does come off as an hour and a half Apple commercial. (At one point, Jay comments on the durability of the iPad after it had been thrown out a window. It seemed a little out of place and laughable.) Otherwise, a solid movie with plenty of laughs.
With a title like Sex Tape, it is obviously not for the younger audience. There is an abundance of swearing and naked Jason Segel butt. But it is definitely worth watching.