Friday, 31 October 2014

Film Review - Sex Tape

Lies and Videotapes
Film: Sex Tape
Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segal
Directed by: Jake Kasdan
Duration:  1 hr 30 mins
Rating: * *

Sex Tape is a standard comedy from Hollywood that will draw interest only because of its title. And of course that fact that Cameron Diaz stars in a film with such a title. 

In this day and age where everyone is so tech savvy, you would expect the screen writers come up with something genuine and plausible as far as the technology depicted in the film is concerned, but they just take it for granted that the audience must be living in the early 2000 era.

Jay (Jason Segal) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) were having a gala time on just about every count, especially with the carnal pleasures, till they got married. After that, they got busy with the kids and life in general and the X factor has kind of vanished. To spice up their lives again they decide to convene a ‘special session’. Not only that, to spice it up further, they decide do to what Kim Kardashian and many others did it before them, make a sex tape.

Accidentally, the video gets uploaded and distributed to several iPads which Jay had given to friends and family (another reason to prefer Android devices). Before it can hit the porn sites, they have to retrieve the iPads, by hook or by crook.

This is where the screenplay fails to evoke either laughter or even to keep you engaged. They have to resort to all sorts of antics to get the iPads and part of it is slapstick and most of them are not funny at all. Unfortunately, the finale is also rather tedious and for a film that is just 90 minutes, even that seems too long.

There are some funny but they are once in a blue moon, for most parts Sex Tape suffers from lazy writing.  If you are looking for some humor with slight raunchiness, revisit one of those Carry On series films, they are infinitely superior. 

Published in The Navhind Times on 19th Oct 2014

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