Robby and Tess
After receiving an anonymous, taunting text informing them that their supposedly
private video has, in fact, been synced to several devices in the hands of
friends, acquaintances, and even possible future bosses, Jay and Annie begin a
madcap race against time to reclaim the synced iPads.
Their first stop is the home of their closest friends, Robby and Tess (Rob
Corddry and Ellie Kemper), who become their accomplices in tracking down the
"The scene when Annie and Jay come over to Robby and Tess's house to suss out if
they know about the sex tape was so much fun to shoot," says Kemper. "It was a
wonderful game that the four of us played, with Annie and Jay reading Robby and
Tess's sheepishness, as if they were trying to hide something. The
misunderstanding and awkwardness before the truth comes out was really fun to
"It turns out that this evening is Robby and Tess's 12th wedding anniversary, so
they're eager to do something besides hang around and watch TV," continues
Corddry. "They are just so intrigued by the whole thing that when they get the
opportunity to help out by insinuating themselves in the adventure," he
chuckles, "they are thrilled."
Of course, Robby finds a way to make the situation even more uncomfortable. "My
character is pretty delighted from moment one," he says. "At first, he has this
anticipation - and then he has great admiration for Jay's endurance and for
Annie overall. He becomes a great fan of her work."
"For me, Robby and Tess were one of the funniest things in the script," says
Kasdan. "I knew that I wanted the two couples to play as people who have spent a
lot of time together - there's a real intimacy between them and they're
comfortable having these really matter-of-fact conversations about this insane
sex tape problem. The dynamic between the two couples sets the tone and the
sense of reality for the whole movie."
"I could not have imagined a better pairing," says Blumenthal. "Tess and Robby
are the couple that Annie and Jay love, but that absolutely drives them insane.
It's like 'I Love Lucy' - Lucy and Ricky are the main focus, but they are only
as good as the Fred and Ethel with whom they interact. That's what Rob and Ellie
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