Mommy Blog Expert: Sex Tape Comedy Review Cameron Diaz Jason Segel Talk About the Movie Opening 7/18

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Sex Tape Comedy Review Cameron Diaz Jason Segel Talk About the Movie Opening 7/18


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Jason Segel & Cameron Diaz at Four Seasons, Photo by SPE/Charlie Gallay
What a whirlwind week. Last Tuesday I screened the upcoming big screen comedy Sex Tape, which opens in theaters nationwide on July 18th. Then a few days later at the Four Seasons at Beverly Hills Hotel, I sat down to interview the new film's stars Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel and their director, Jake Kasdan. This is the latest motion picture to portray a mom who blogs, joining other major movies reviewed on MBE like Motherhood (2009) which featured Uma Thurman in the lead role of mommy blogger.


It's so true that art really imitates life because this is a very real phenomenon. Since 2000, mothers identifying as mommy bloggers have grown exponentially to 3.9 million, according to a 2012 Scarborough Research study reported on Mashable. That's about 14% of all mommies with at least one child living at home who are mom blogging. With such a substantial demographic, it's no surprise that mommy blogger personas are increasingly popping up in movies and on television.

Jay, Annie & Kids in the comedy Sex Tape, Photo by Claire Folger, 2014 CTMG
After seeing Sex Tape myself, as a lifestyle blogger and mother of four teens who were born within a year,  I have to say it's the funniest I've seen in this growing sub genre in the movie making world.

The story opens with ambitious mommy blogger Annie, brilliantly played by Cameron Diaz, on the verge of making it big by selling her wholesome and legitimate parenting blog to a national toy company headed by the mysterious and quirky Hank (Rob Lowe). 


Check out the trailer to see how funny this is...




Just when Annie's close to signing the ultimate contract that real life bloggers like me only dream of, she and hubbie Jay (portrayed by Jason Segel) get into an unthinkable mess. One that keeps getting messier as the script moves forward. Eventually the big chase also involves the flustered couple's young children and friends as well as Howard, a kid villain played by child actor Harrison Holzer, who at times steals the show from the leading man and lady.

Here's the interchange Harrison and I had on Twitter after the Premiere



Annie and Jay wonder: How did this all happen? It started innocently enough with the infamous sex tape this fictious married couple playfully made for their own private use simply to rekindle their romance that has waned since the arrival of two children. 

Diaz comments on the making of the sex tape which is successfully downplayed in the film to direct attention instead toward the hilarity that results to get it back. "It's just silly -- we're making a comedy," she says. "We're not actually naked in those sequences because we wear modesty garments similar to a bikini. In fact, the hardest thing was trying to get through the whole take without laughing," the actress recalls.



The actors with director Jake Kasdan, Photo by Claire Folger, 2014 CTMG
As the plot thickens, things go awry when the couples' personal tape isn't erased by Jay and instead gets accidentally uploaded to the Internet for the whole world to see. From then on, the movie focuses not on the tape itself but on all the crazy and preposterous shenanigans their posse goes through to try to get it back.

Director Jake Kasdan and dad of three young kids says, "In the movie it's an outrageous thing they do to make that sex tape -- they really can't believe they're doing it. It's a universal concept, though, that parents can identify with. My life is now overwhelming with babies and little kids and my relationship has changed with the person I love. What happened? I love being a parent, but I also love what we had before."
Lowe and Diaz roar with laughter in the cocaine scene, Photo by Claire Folger, 2014 CTMG

This film is not only very funny, it will inspire couples to think more deeply about their relationships with those they love. "After seeing it with your date, husband or wife at first you'll probably laugh about the movie together," predicts Jason Segel, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Kate Angelo and Nicholas Stoller. "Then they'll be a silent pause for a few moments before the real conversation begins."


Sony Official Movie Poster
I viewed this movie with my hubbie and our chat on the way home after seeing it definitely followed that line of thinking -- at least from my perspective as a wife, mother and lifestyle blogger. What does my husband think of Sex Tape? He says he absolutely loved the uncredited cameo appearance of the talented actor Jack Black. There were some pretty great comedic performances, too, by Diaz, Segel and Lowe, including a side-splitting cocaine snorting scene with Diaz and Lowe while Segel was engaged in a super silly mad dog chase sequence.


Director & Cast at the LA Premiere in Westwood, Photo by SPE Inc./Eric Charbonneau
Plain and simple this film is a fun summer comedy that movie goers will likely enjoy -- whether you're in a relationship or just in the mood for something light and entertaining.


Me next to Cameron Diaz w/ fellow invited mom bloggers at Four Seasons, Image by Beebs Ashcroft
Sex Tape is presented by Columbia Pictures in association with MRC and LStar Capital an Escape Artists Production. A film by Jake Kasdan and starring Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, and Rob Lowe. Rated R, in theaters nationwide on July 18, 2014. To stay up to date on all the news about this new movie visit the official site TheyForgottoDeleteIt.com and follow the film on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with the hashtag #SexTapeMovie.


Sex Tape Poster on the Sony Studios Lot, MommyBlogExpert.com

FTC Disclosure: I was invited as a guest of Sony Pictures Studios to screen the movie Sex Tape on the lot in Culver City. I received special privileges and media access to cover this film's big screen release including lunch at Four Seasons Hotel. However, there was no payment or other compensation involved and opinions here are my own. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

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