Segel always writes comedy with motivation, passion and charm. From writing Forgetting Sarah Marshall to reviving The Muppets and now Sex Tape, the world will always need brainless, light hearted and entertaining escapism.
The premise of Sex Tape seems raunchy and racy already. Annie and Jay are a couple who have sex at every chance they can get. After having two children, there is lesser opportunity than before. While the children are away one night, they try to spice up and rekindle their sex life. Annie simply suggests making a sex tape. As they film themselves having sex, soon after Annie asks Jay to delete the tape, he ends up unintentionally synching the video to several iPads the couple had given away at Christmas. After struggling to get it out of the cloud, they set out to get back all of the gifted iPads, leading to a series of awkward encounters and close calls.
Any mainstream movie goer would enjoy a funny premise like this, as it has potential and intrigue. But sadly the critics have classed Sex Tape generally unfavourable. Rotten Tomatoes have given the film an 18% rating and said, “With neither the conviction to embrace its smutty premise nor enough laughs to function as a worthwhile rom-com, the flaccid Sex Tape suffers from cinematic impotence."
Nonetheless, as expectations are now low, is it still possible to view this film and walk out pleasantly surprised? Let’s just say, when high expectations are not fulfilled, it’s extremely painful. But let’s hope that Sex Tape can appease everyone going in with the lowest of expectations.
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