Funny woman Cameron Diaz, known for her comedic timing, gets serious when asked about her role as mommy blogger in the f-bomb laden marital comedy, Sex Tape Movie, coming out in theaters this week.
In the film, Diaz plays Annie, a married housewife opposite husband, Jay (played by Jason Segel) who is bartering the blogged content of her life for income with brand Piper Brothers. CEO Hank (played by Rob Lowe) loves her blog but is worried about one post where Annie reminisces of an earlier sex life with her husband Jay that no longer exists due to kids, jobs and general lack of energy and time and the general challenges facing many married couples. As you see in the trailer, the movie starts with a complete replay of their earlier sexual adventures pre-kids, albeit spoofed to the extreme for audience laughs and filmed from intentional angles to hide anything that might give the film a harsher rating.
One night, Annie sends the kids to Grandma and uses the “staycation” to suggest to Jay that they tap their digital side and create a sex tape to spruce things up. Using The Joy of Sex as their guide, the couple makes a creative three hour video they never intend to be seen, which the producer does show in select clips during the last four minutes of the movie.
The next day, the movie is synced to iPads Jay gave as gifts and thus the movie gets interesting as Annie and Jay try to figure out who saw the movie and who didn’t before they learn how to remote-wipe the iPads.
In recent interview with a room of “mommy” and professional bloggers, Diaz comments in length on the practice of blogging in general:
“It’s great. It’s a brave thing to do. You are putting a part of yourself out there into the world as Annie, my character, sees — that the content of her experience and life is being bartered. … She’s trying to see how much of it she can give of herself – to be authentic to herself – so, not be too risqué.
“There are questions about how much you give when you are giving of yourself and you also want to inform people; you want people to relate to you because you want to feel that there are bloggers that understand you because it’s a tough thing to do being human and being a mother and a wife and having these responsibilities and so I think that it’s definitely one of those things that I say is brave to do but it is also a choice. It is also a decision and it’s elective and it’s a new world. We don’t know what comes of it.
“We don’t know how it affects us, positive and negatively. You guys are sorta in the forefront of those things. You are on the cutting edge, at the beginning of this idea of the Internet and blogging and what that means to our society and to the generation and to the children that you are revealing about their lives to people. You are not just sharing your life, you are sharing your [family’s life].
“That’s what happens with Annie. She’s revealing things about her husband that maybe he doesn’t want revealed and she’s talking about her children that don’t have a choice – all their little bits and pieces about their lives being revealed, you know. I think it’s an interesting study in sociology and you guys are doing it.”
In a subsequent interview, Director Jake Kasden is asked about making Annie a mommy blogger and says that it was in the original script and that it felt right to start the movie in her voice. The opening scene shows Annie typing her life into her blog, an outlet analyzed and scrutinized by friends, strangers and brands wanting to pay her for the content. Of the movie itself, he states, “The movie isn’t pro-sex tape but it is pro-sex and it should be an affirmative message where you should feel like they are doing something good for themselves.”
The movie has its share of traditional laugh-out-loud slapstick physical comedy (above and beyond what’s implied by the title) and poignant moments where married couples are challenged with their own deficiencies and strongly encouraged to make time for each other in the special ways we forget or ignore way too often.
That said, you do have to get past a LOT of foul language and potentially face-reddening nudity (though Cameron Diaz & Jason Segel assured us in the interview that they were wearing modesty patches so it really wasn’t like they were walking around nude the WHOLE time.) This is a movie only one step above porn with the amount of “fake” sex that occurs, which Diaz & Segel assure us is also completely fabricated as they finish each other’s sentences and laugh like an old married couple the entire interview.
On a final note, my voice-to-text function even censored the title. “You said: s-asterisks-asterisks-asterisks-asterisks-asterisks-asterisks.” What does that say about calling movie something even basic SPAM filters catch? Or maybe, it’s just my phone.
In Theaters July 18, 2014.
Rated R for STRONG SEXUAL CONTENT, NUDITY, LANGUAGE AND SOME DRUG USE.
When Jay (Jason Segel) and Annie (Cameron Diaz) first got together, their romantic connection was intense – and though they’re still very much in love, ten years and two kids have cooled the passion. To kick things up a notch, they decide – why not? – to make a video of themselves trying out every position in THE JOY OF SEX in one marathon three-hour session. It seems like a great idea – until they discover that their most private video is no longer private. With their reputations on the line, they know they’re just one click away from being laid bare to the world… but in their race to reclaim their video, they’ll find that it will expose even more than they bargained for.
Kate Angelo and Jason Segel & Nicholas Stoller
Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Steve Tisch
David Householter, Jason Segel, Jake Kasdan, David Bloomfield, Ben Waisbren
Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Rob Corddry, Ellie Kemper, Rob Lowe
Interview Pict with Bloggers:
Picture: From L to R: Enza of Enza’s Bargains, Tiffany of Broward Saves, Marybeth of Baby Savers, Liza of Cira’s Lyrics, Tracy of Hollywood Mom Blog, Danelle of Home Ever After, Jason Segel, Cameron Diaz, Samantha Ettus, (ME – Sarah of Mama Loves Media), Angela of Momfluential. In front: OC Moms Blog, Toric with Momfluential.
Note: We were media guests of Sony & Columbia Pictures. All thoughts and opinions are my own.