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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 ...Read more
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It's a Keeper! Funny, Witty and Very Entertaining

I watched Failure to Launch on an afternoon flight from London to Miami and laughed at practically every scene...b...Read more
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"Failure to Launch" is a funny, too-true tale of how some men find it difficult to leave behind the comforts of their parents' home long into adulthood.

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Failure to Launch (DVD, 2006, Widescreen)

Tom Dey, Matthew McConaughey|Theatrical release: 2006 | Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
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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. Deschanel provides dry, intelligent humor in a subplot involving a mockingbird that's taken up residence outside her window, as well as her courtship by adoring suitor Ace. Bates as usual gives a complex performance, doing much with the part provided for her, while a game Bradshaw is appealing in his eccentricities. The film's somewhat fantastical plot is quickly eclipsed by the charm of the characters, the irresistible slapstick humor, and, in the end, heartwarming sentiment and lessons learned.

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  • Edition: Widescreen
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
  • Film Country: USA
  • UPC: 097363449140

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Genre:Comedies
Format:DVD
Display Format:Widescreen

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Director:Tom Dey
Leading Role:Matthew McConaughey
eBay Product ID: EPID53478079

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"The director Tom Dey obviously cherishes 30's comedies, and he confidently guides a screenplay that has some of the sass and bit of those oldies through the screwball rapids....Mr. McConaughey and Ms. Parker make well-matched sparring partners."
New York Times - Stephen Holden (03/10/2006)

3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]heer absurdity never hurt a romantic comedy, and witty dialogue and caffeinated pacing make this one a winner."
Rolling Stone - Peter Relic (07/13/2006)

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Failure to Launch (2006) Movie Review

Created: 25/08/07
It's a Keeper! Funny, Witty and Very Entertaining

I watched Failure to Launch on an afternoon flight from London to Miami and laughed at practically every scene...but that's me. Laughing out-loud on an airplane was getting a little embarrassing, but what the heck, I was having fun.

The appealing on screen chemistry between Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker, and the great-story line, made Failure to Launch entertaining from start to finish. Their characters, Tripp and Paula, meet when Tripp's parents, played by Kathy Bates and Terry Bradsaw, hire Paula, a professional who specializes in getting 30+ year-old men out of their parent's home and living on their own. Paula describes Tripp's condition as "failure to launch."

Paula and Tripp's best friends, Kit and Ace, played by Zooey Deschanel and Justin Bartha are non-conventional characters. Kit has a dry-sense of humor and Ace is a nerd. But when they meet up, Kit and Ace provide some of the film's funniest lines. Deschanel was well-cast as Kit and she added much to the films overall charm.

The strong character development and great esemble cast move this entertaining and funny film along. You come away wanting to spread the word to your friends that this one is worth seeing.

Failure to Launch is already out on DVD at the time of my writing this review. It's well-worth renting. I added it to my home DVD library so I can enjoy it over and over again. This one's a keeper!


Written and Posted by meeshmiami
Orginally written August 2, 2006
Posted on eBay August 25, 2007
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Failure to Launch

Created: 13/09/06
"Failure to Launch" is a funny, too-true tale of how some men find it difficult to leave behind the comforts of their parents' home long into adulthood.


Trip (Matthew McConaughey) meets Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) after the consultant is hired secretly by Trip's parents to get him out of their house. Paula is convinced she has a full-proof system to nudge a man from the nest, but things get complicated when feelings between the two develop.
The laugh's are found in the sideline characters, from the Mom (Kathy Bates) and the Dad (football's Terry Bradshaw) to best buds Kit (Zooey Deschanel), Ace (Justin Bartha) and Demo (Bradley Cooper).


Pick up some popcorn and watch this one , once.
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Not the same boring romantic comedy.

Created: 20/09/06
So many times a romantic comedy bores you with the same old predictable story. With two good looking people falling in love, a dry-humored "tell it like it is" roommate, and two parents desperate to rid the house of their adult son, Failure to Launch exceeds expectations for a romantic comedy. Sarah Jessica Parker has made a career of "dating men" in order to cause them to move out of their parent's homes. Matthew McConaughey is one of these men and she is convinced he is an open and shut case. Of course, his charms are too much for her to resist and she falls hard. Sounds like the typical romantic comedy, right? Wrong. This movie adds so many other facets that you end up loving it. Sarah Jessica Parker has the most hysterical roommate who reminds me of Linus from Charlie Brown. McConaughey has multiple encounters with animal attacks (the proof he is at odds with the natural world)and these scenes are hilarious. The only complaint is that the ending takes a turn for the cheesy and you are left wishing someone could have been a little more creative.
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Cute but Predictable!

Created: 19/07/06
This movie was pretty good. I thought it was kind of cute but then I am a Matthew McConaughey fan anyway. Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) is a 35 year old still living with his parents. His mom waits on him hand and foot from wonderful food to laundry service so why would he want to leave? His mom and dad are desperate to finally get him OUT of the house so they hire Paula (Jessica Parker)to fall in love with him and hopefully make him decide to move out of the house and on his own. The two hit if off and Paula has Tripp right were she wants him when Tripp finds out that Paula was hired by his parents to date him. Needless to say..he fights back and winds up moving out in a huff, Paula feels bad and is really in love with Tripp in the end. Realizing that Tripp and Paula are actually in love, the friends and family scheme and plot to try and get the couple back
together. Like I said, it was a cute movie and worth watching...but in the end the couple falls in love and gets together...predictable.
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Never seen someone get attack by a dolphin!!!

Created: 27/07/06
This was a very funny movie. Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) is 35 and still lives at home with his parents. His mom (Kathy Bates) does everything for him. His parents are sick of it. They hire Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) to date him and make him want to be independent. It is her career to make guys have the confidence enough to find independence. This movie was hilarious. I laughed throughout the whole movie. Especially when Tripp character kept getting attack by the animals. Terry Bradshaw was naked in the movie
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