Doing Comedy Differently: Sex Tape through the Woman’s Lens
Sex Tape is the newest comedy to hit theaters, featuring the legends of laughter, Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel. The last time we saw them together was in Bad Teacher as romantic interests, Segel playing a gym instructor and Diaz in the title role. The onscreen chemistry was present then, and Sex Tape reaffirms it. This time, they play a very in-love married couple who has lost the sexual spark that drove their relationship from the start. In the hopes that it will rekindle the flame that parenthood and work have put out, they attempt to create drunkenly a sex tape. Unfortunately, the power of technology proves stronger than any flame, as the film, taken on one of Jay’s (Segel) iPads, is directly uploaded to iCloud, to which their family and friends happen to have access. Upon receiving a mysterious text message about the tape they thought would be for their private use, the couple vehemently seeks out ways to prevent anyone else from seeing the tape, and a series of adventures ensues.
The film marks the characters’ quest to not only track down who has seen the sex tape, but also to rediscover why they started having sex in the first place. Among the cast is Ellie Kemper and Rob Corddry, playing the couple’s close friends, and Rob Lowe as Diaz’s boss. The talented extended cast offers further comedy and an enlightening detour that averts the attention from the entire film’s spotlight on Diaz and Segel. The plot was both original and unpredictable; Sex Tape is a different kind of comedy in that it perfectly balances a heartfelt family tale and hysterical raunchiness. Humor stemmed from the relatability and ingenuity of the relationship between husband and wife, two people with the desire to get back in the groove, but with no smooth way to do so.
Cameron Diaz provides a refreshing stance on the way women and sex are represented as she is the main initiator and is the one who voices the idea to create a sex tape with her husband. Her forthright attitude when it comes to sex teaches wives and female counterparts everywhere that sex isn’t just a man’s game, but a two-way road; both sides take part and pleasure. As a comedy, Sex Tape gently handles the wife as the upper hand and pads it with humor and jokes. Seeing a woman with the reins in a loving and mutually respecting relationship gives women hope for their future marriages. Their struggle to stay sexually active teaches a lesson to the public’s dimming love lives; if you love each other enough, you can work together to rekindle the fire.
The film was action-packed and high-energy, with no notably dull moments or uncomfortable silences. Upon leaving the theater, I felt thoroughly laughed out, and can say the same for the rest of the audience who spent an hour and a half in stitches. Rotten Tomatoes gives Sex Tape a harsh 20% rating, and audiences a low 45%. Despite these critics, it is safe to say that the moviegoers I encountered, as well as those in the theater with me, deemed the film one of their favorites of the year. I say to look past all the negative criticism on this one and watch Sex Tape. You’ll laugh hard and come out in a great mood!