• Plot Description
• Shooting Locations
• USA: Mar 10, 2006
Budget USD 50,000,000
Failure to Launch Website
Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and language.
1 hour, 37 minutes
Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions
Studio Paramount Pictures
More info on IMDb.com
• Failure to Launch (2006)
|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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It’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
--Robin and Laura Clifford
And 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.
Although 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
It 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.
As it is, the movie doesn't crash and burn. It can't -- because it never gets off the ground.
How, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire?
The 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.
"Failure to Launch" is like "The 40 Year-Old Virgin," except that the age is different and there's not a virgin in sight.
Despite its faults, Failure to Launch is probably a safe bet for those who like romantic comedies.
Sometimes a movie works because all of the ingredients come together so well. FAILURE TO LAUNCH is one of those movies.
All 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.
Lively 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.
Failure 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.
If 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.
Failure 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.
FAILURE 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.
The 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.
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