'Sex Tape' review: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel comedy not worth watching

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz star in

Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz star in "Sex Tape."

Rating

2 Stars2/5

Liz Braun, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:50 AM ET

Honey, you'll have a headache.

Even the most fervent fans of Cameron Diaz or Jason Segel will find little to like in Sex Tape, a tone deaf comedy about private life and public humiliation.

Diaz and Segel stars as Annie and Jay, a happily married couple with two kids.

We meet them first as college students, endlessly interested in each other sexually and prone to shagging whenever and wherever the mood strikes.

That means hilarious snippets of bouncy sex in unlikely places. Ha, ha!

Unconvincing bouncy sex, but never mind.

Diaz narrates the beginning of the movie, explaining in the mommy blog she writes about how passion dies after 10 years and two kids.

She and hubby do their best to bring sexy back (naked on the kitchen floor, shots of tequila, a copy of the Joy of Sex) and in the end they tape themselves on their iPad to spice things up. Annie and Jay have their own sex tape!

By mistake, a copy of the video goes out to many people they know after it is accidentally uploaded to the iCloud (Annie and Jay gave out Apple devices for gifts).

So they have to run around to try to retrieve all the copies!!!

This handily turns Sex Tape from a dull movie into a bad sitcom.

That's pretty much it.

Weirdly, most of the characters around Diaz and Segel work quite well. Ellie Kemper and Rob Corddry are strange and funny as our leads' best friends, and Rob Lowe is suitably weird as the straight-laced head of a corporation — who turns out to have a wild side. (The character's dog has one or two good moments with Jason Segel.)

Director Jake Kasdan directed Diaz and Segel before in Bad Teacher, a black comedy that also starred Justin Timberlake. It was very funny, and most of the laughs came from Diaz' reprehensible character.

So what went wrong here?

Sex Tape seems far less sure of its characters, although 'bland' seems to be what the script was going for. Bland, but with bare bums and bad language, perhaps to make them funnier. Or to make an audience wince in the dark.

Jason Segel and frequent collaborator Nicholas Stoller helped write Sex Tape, so they'll have to bear some of the responsibility for this dreck.

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