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Sex Tape (2014/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: C

Jake Kasdan's Sex Tape (2014) is a comedy with a decent premise but a story that doesn't quite lend itself enough weight to really pass as a successful comedy. Cameron Diaz and Jason Segal play their usual selves in the movie with an interesting cameo by Jack Black in the third act but all in all the film wraps up with little lessons to be learned and a thematic that isn't necessarily powerful. The film reminds me a lot of Date Night with Tina Fey that came out a few years ago in that it has a decent premise but loses steam halfway through and feels too long overall even though it isn't.

Jay (Jason Segal) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) are a couple who have sex at every chance they can get. After having two children, they have fewer opportunities to have sex. While the children are away one night, they try to reignite their sex life. After Jay struggles to get an erection, Annie suggests making a sex tape with his newly purchased iPad. They film themselves having sex in every position listed in the classic book The Joy of Sex. After Annie asks Jay to delete the tape, he ends up instead inadvertently synchronizing the video to several iPads the couple had given away over time as gifts to friends, family, and even the Mailman. After failing to get it out of the cloud, and being blackmailed by a pesky relative, they set out to get back all of the gifted iPads, leading to a series of awkward encounters and close calls.

One of the weirdest moments in the film that I thought should've been handled differently was the character that Rob Lowe portrays which is Annie's perspective Boss of a major blogging company that she applies for a job too. Once she realizes that she gave him her iPad to view your project proposal on, they attempt to break in to his luxurious house only to find that she is a carnal rich guy with a cocaine addiction. Annie distracts him while Jay searches the house for the stolen iPad and comes across a mean dog that attacks him (which is a tired concept in comedies to begin with). It seems like the Director and Writers never quite knew what to do with the character as he is creepy and offbeat but at the same time doesn't have a motive and whose presence doesn't really raise the stakes of the situation. These scenes are awkward, long, and boring and take a lot of life out of the film in the second act.

The ending is a bit of a downer too where everything is neatly resolved and an obvious plot point is established. All in all, the film is just okay and will probably be dated sooner rather than later. However, Cameron Diaz wearing a tight white shirt and roller skates will never be dated.

Sound and Picture on the disc are fine with Sony doing a tremendous job as usual - the film is presented in 1080p high definition with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and a 5.1 DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless track in Spanish, French, and English. There's also a 5.1 Dolby Digital English Descriptive Audio Track and Subtitles in English, English SDH, French, and Spanish.

Extras on the disc include Bloopers, Deleted and Extended Scenes, Line-O-Rama, and Romance Reboot with Dr. Jenn Berman.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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