Just In: Flash flood warnings issued in Bay State

July 16, 2014 2:00 PM

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Just In: Flash flood warnings issued in Bay State

Who should be more embarrassed: the husband and wife who accidentally release a homemade porn video in "Sex Tape," or the studio that's willfully distributing "Sex Tape"? Basically an extended marital-therapy session wrapped in an iPad commercial, this surprisingly bland Cameron Diaz-Jason Segel vehicle has a marketably racy premise but takes it in a stilted, unfunny direction that leaves both actors flailing about, sort of like the translucent red double-ended dildo that gets whipped out in an especially sad fit of comic desperation. Interesting mainly as a sign of how thoroughly smut, Apple products and smut viewable on Apple products have seeped into contemporary life, Sony's July 18 release might attract audiences starved for a decent R-rated summer comedy following recent hits "Neighbors" and "22 Jump Street," but seems unlikely to show anywhere near the same box office stamina.

In one of the more unorthodox post-Muppets-movie career moves in Hollywood history, regular writing partners Segel and Nicholas Stoller (teaming with scribe Kate Angelo, who is credited with the story) have attempted a moderately risque adult laffer that retains some of the sweetness and spark of th...

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