Parents' Guide to

Sex Tape

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Mature, raunchy, but hilarious comedy filled with profanity.

Movie R 2014 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 11 parent reviews

age 18+



This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Cameron Diaz stars in a bad movie

R: sexual contents throughout, nudity and strong language

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (11):
Kids say (14):

For a movie that's ostensibly about sex, Sex Tape has a lot of heart. Diaz and Segel make a fine team, imbuing their roles -- larger-than-life characters though they may be -- with warmth and accessibility. Diaz is especially good in this film; her timing is great, and she's so likable, even when her character veers toward extremes. It's remarkable, too, how Annie and Jay are drawn as true equals instead of the standard-issue opposites-attract trope that Hollywood trots out in nearly every romcom. Bravo.

Nonetheless, by the time it's two-thirds along, the movie feels like it's flogged the same joke to death. Plenty of references are made to the embarrassment of having the mailman view the tape, and yet we never see him (or her), making all those allusions superfluous. A new complication thrown in toward the end feels unnecessary, and the ending is unsurprising, to say the least. And yet -- and this is the film's biggest appeal -- you feel good about Annie and Jay in the end. The premise may be tired, but they're not.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: July 18, 2014
  • On DVD or streaming: October 21, 2014
  • Cast: Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel, Jack Black
  • Director: Jake Kasdan
  • Inclusion Information: Latinx actors
  • Studio: Columbia Pictures
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Run time: 90 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use
  • Last updated: June 2, 2023

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