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July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

For an R-rated comedy with a provocative title like Sex Tape, the movie has a serious problem: "They just forgot the laughs," writes Steven Rea in the Philadelphia Inquirer. It’s a conclusion that other critics have reached as well. Joe Morgenstern in the Wall Street Journal refers to it as "an almost mirthless farce," adding, "This may not be the death of comedy, but it’s certainly a prime exhibit in a summer season when many ostensibly sure-fire films are misfiring." The movie concerns a couple, played by Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, who, in an effort to spice up their marriage, record a sexual encounter on their iPad, then discover that everyone in the neighborhood may have a copy. "In the end, Sex Tape feels like the halves of two different movies," comments Mary Houlihan in the Chicago Sun-Times. "There is a fun, believable comedy about family life … that is upended by the overly broad, barely funny attempts at reclaiming the sex tape." And, across town at the Chicago Tribune, Michael Phillips has a similar reaction, calling the film "a stupid, strenuous sex farce." But Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle suggests that the movie would have seemed funnier if it had been released twenty years ago. Today, he says, the movie feels "tame — but tame only by the standards of modern comedy. Twenty years ago, this would have been groundbreaking."