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|Original title:||Sex Tape|
|Production country:||USA 2014|
|Running time:||Ca. 95 min.|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
In the past, not a second passed when Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) could keep their hands off each other. But since they have been married and parents of two children, the passion of the past has given way to the tiring strains of everyday family life. When they finally have a night all to themselves again, Jay and Annie want to take the opportunity to rekindle the extinguished fire of their relationship. A sex video in which they try out all the positions from the legendary sex education book "The Joy of Sex" is intended to help. Too bad that Jay doesn't delete the three-hour film the next day as promised, but saves it on his iPad. This turns out to be a fatal mistake, as the video is automatically synchronized to each of his former devices, which Jay gave away to friends, relatives and even to the postman. It soon becomes clear that it's only a matter of time before everyone who knows Jay and Annie can watch them have sex. And that must be prevented at all costs. And so the two go on a hunt for the iPads they gave away, hoping to get them together before the video finds its way onto the Internet…
With Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan, the dream team of the successful comedy "Bad Teacher" has reunited. And for the script, too, Segel and Nichols Stoller have been relied upon as a proven duo, who have already achieved several comedy successes ("Die Muppets", "Fast verheiratet", "Nie wieder Sex mit der Ex"). And the idea of a sex video, the distribution of which must be stopped at all costs, also sounds extremely promising. The conditions for "Sex Tape" to become an extremely funny, disrespectful and - according to the title - sexy comedy are very good.
The truth looks very different. Sure, there are some very amusing scenes and really good laughs. For example, a longer sequence set in the house of Annie's potential employer (Rob Lowe) is a real gag firework, which in a few moments may go a bit too far, but at the same time also shows how much comic potential there is in the story. In many other scenes, on the other hand, the script relies too much on the humorous effect of coarse faecal language and thus loses sight of the actual story. This creates moments in which the viewer gets bored, while the actors themselves don't seem to be that enthusiastic about what they are saying. The charm and esprit that sprayed between the sails and Diaz at "Bad Teacher" can only rarely be felt here. And that's a damn shame.
Sicherlich, "Sex Tape" does not claim to offer particularly high-quality entertainment. The movie never really tries to be more than a somewhat disreputable comedy. Nevertheless, a little more cleverness in the gags would have been an advantage. Even though there are some very funny moments, the humor is rather shallow and the many sex jokes are simply tiring in the long run. On the other hand, it's also undeniable that the comedy is definitely worth it for viewers who just want to enjoy the shallow entertainment and are fans of the main actors. And if you ever wanted to know what kind of sites on the Internet there are on which private sex films are uploaded, a prominent guest star will give you a detailed listing.
So "Sex Tape" is disappointing in places and absolutely unsuitable for friends of subtle humour. But apart from that there's just one more thing you can do: Worth seeing!
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