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Failure to Launch (2006)

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Release Date
• USA: Mar 10, 2006

Budget USD 50,000,000
BoxOffice: $88.7M

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MPAA Rating
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and language.

Running Time
1 hour, 37 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions

Studio Paramount Pictures

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• Failure to Launch (2006)

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Genre: Romance, Comedy

Tagline: To leave the nest, some men just need a little push.

Plot: Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker, SEX AND THE CITY) has a highly unusual job in this at times cartoonish romantic comedy: she’s an interventionist. What this means is that parents of young men who are still living at home well into adulthood can hire her to date their sons, which lends the often troubled men the fortitude to strike out on their own. Trip (Matthew McConaughey) seemingly fits this description perfectly; a 35-year-old extreme sports enthusiast and boat salesman, he uses his living situation to quickly end any relationship that becomes too serious. Trip's doting mother (Kathy Bates) and quirky father (former quarterbackTerry Bradshaw) hire Paula at their friends' adamant recommendation, and she sets about her tried-and-true method of winning Trip over. A few obstacles emerge, however, as Trip's buddy Ace (Justin Bartha) finds out the truth, and must be bribed by a date with Paula's hilariously hostile roommate Kit (Zooey Deschanel). Paula also discovers a few things about Trip's past that make her realize how different he is from the rest of her clients, but just as she begins to develop real feelings for him, disaster strikes.

Though somewhat meandering in its plotline, some of the best and funniest moments in FAILURE TO LAUNCH are provided by its supporting cast.

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 External Reviews
external linkIt’s not that “Failure” is a failure. The solid cast is a likable bunch and there are some funny moments. But, debuting screenwriters Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember took their premise and turned it into something more suited to a sitcom. C,C

external linkAnd though its intent is an innocent, slapstick one, Failure to Launch just doesn't try hard enough to win the audience's affections and as a result is more valuable as a last-minute rental than a big-screen experience.
external linkAlthough this film has many familiar elements from other romantic comedies, one of the cleverest conceits has to do with Tripp's propensity for getting bitten by wild animals: a chipmunk, a dolphin, and a lizard.
--Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat

external linkIt makes How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days look like The Shawshank Redemption. And the title? They're asking for trouble there. Too. Many. Puns.
--Ben Lee

external linkAs it is, the movie doesn't crash and burn. It can't -- because it never gets off the ground.
--Carol Cling

external linkHow, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire? 2/4
--Peter Howell

external linkThe catch here is the a director Tom Dey (Showtime, Shanghai Noon) and screenwriters Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember focus so much on the lame premise and supporting characters that they plot and main characters are boring.
external link"Failure to Launch" is like "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," except that the age is different and there's not a virgin in sight. 2.5/4
external linkDespite its faults, Failure to Launch is probably a safe bet for those who like romantic comedies.
--Diana Saenger

external linkSometimes a movie works because all of the ingredients come together so well. FAILURE TO LAUNCH is one of those movies.
external linkAll are funnier than the main story, whose creepy premise demands major tiptoeing around lest it slip into the realm of outright smarminess thoroughly unsuitable for a PG-13-rated comedy. 2.5/4
external linkLively and enjoyable but nothing remotely special--this could be just about any romantic comedy ever made, complete with a contrived premise and a bright cast to distract us from the same old formula.
--Rich Cline

external linkFailure to Launch is a bizarre, mixed up mess, but one with good moments courtesy of a solid supporting cast. That’s enough to make it tolerable just don’t expect to walk out high on love, unless of course, you’re a big fan of paying for it.
external linkIf you're looking for a sophisticated comedy, you're bound to be disappointed by "Failure to Launch." But if you thought "There's Something About Mary" was the funniest film ever - well, you'll still be disappointed, but not nearly as much. Despite lapses in taste, this tale of deception and redemption is often downright hilarious.
external linkFailure to Launch fizzles at times, as director Dey and rookie screenwriters Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember occasionally resort to the same mismatched-couple formulas that have been a staple of Romantic Comedy 101 screen- writing courses for decades.
external linkFAILURE TO LAUNCH is competently made, with good performances, attractive scenery (much of it in a lovely-looking Louisiana) and some amusing dialogue. However, the concept behind it causes the movie to largely live down to its title.
external linkThe film is not just a chick film both men and women will like it. This is a film that everyone who ever was in a relationship can relate to as well as all the men who still lives at home with their parents. 4.5/5
--Paul Perkins

 Directed by
Tom Dey
Shanghai Noon, Showtime, The Hunger
 Written by
Tom J. Astle
Get Smart
Matt Ember
The Hughleys
Matthew McConaughey
Contact, U-571, Frailty
Sarah Jessica Parker
Mars Attacks!, Ed Wood, L.A. Story
Zooey Deschanel
Almost Famous, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Elf
Kathy Bates
Titanic, About Schmidt, The Waterboy
Stephen Tobolowsky
Memento, Groundhog Day, The Insider
Justin Bartha
National Treasure, Gigli, Strip Search
Bradley Cooper
Wedding Crashers, My Little Eye, Wet Hot American Summer
 Music By
Rolfe Kent
Sideways, About Schmidt, Wedding Crashers

external link“Failure to Launch” is a tiredly unfunny mess, and the only thing remarkable about any of it is just how completely unremarkable the whole thing really is. -
--Sara M. Fetters

external link"Failure" would succeed as a fun date movie save for one thing: You'll grow frustrated to why the grownups just don't wise up and kick the cocky moocher out.
external linkWith wasteful but noble supporting efforts from the lovable Zooey Deschanel and The Daily Show’s Rob Corddry (who wisely chose to be uncredited), Failure to Launch is a big, ugly mess of a date flick that will certainly live and die by its appropriate title.

Sarah Jessica Parker in Failure to Launch Wallpaper 3
©2005 Paramount Pictures

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