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Failure to Launch (2006)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 149
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 113

The few comic gags sprinkled throughout the movie fail to spice up this formulaic rom-com.


Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 25

The few comic gags sprinkled throughout the movie fail to spice up this formulaic rom-com.



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A overgrown mama's boy who hasn't found the courage to take flight from the nest gets a little help from the girl of his dreams in the one comedy that proves it's never to late to strike out on your own. Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) may have hit 30, but that doesn't mean that he's ready to give up the many benefits of living at home with mom (Kathy Bates) and dad (Terry Bradshaw). His desperate parents have had enough, though, and after years of gentle nudging they soon realize that it's going to


Drama, Romance, Comedy

Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember

Jun 27, 2006


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The movie's notion of humor is exemplified by Bradshaw's extended nude scene.

December 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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As listless and phony as Failure to Launch may be, it does have one secret weapon in Zooey Deschanel.

October 7, 2006 Full Review Source:
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Add to this a confused moral message and it's clear that, as its title inadvertently suggests, this romantic comedy never gets off the ground.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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How, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire?

March 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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It's completely unbelievable.

March 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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This is a showcase for her [Parker's] sensitive intelligence, her watchfulness, and her way of thinking and reacting. The Family Stone did nothing for Parker, but Failure to Launch makes a strong case for life after Sex and the City.

March 10, 2006 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Fans of Bongo playing narcissist Matthew McConaughey will breeze through this formulaic rom-com, though it possesses about as much charm as it does logic.

November 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

It's not funny. It is occasionally witty, but not very often. It seems the filmmakers realized that as well as they fill the frequent dry spells with physical comedy that doesn't really fit the tone of the movie.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

A limp romantic comedy, this cut-and-paste bookend to last year's "Hitch" finds Sarah Jessica Parker playing Paula a demoralized romantic turned "professional interventionist."

April 20, 2009 Full Review Source:

Verging on the preposterous, director Tom Dey's Failure To Launch relies on attractive stars to overcome its lackluster execution.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Screendaily

Failure to Launch? The same can be said for the movie.

May 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Zooey Deschanel steals so many scenes as Paula's anti-social roommate that she deserves to share top billing alongside McConaughey and Parker.

April 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

You can positively smell the filmmakers' misguidedly intent resolution to turn this flick into something that will appeal to 12-year-old boys as well as its targeted chicks.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

It's everything wrong with bad romantic comedies, all rolled into one easy-to-hate package.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source:

A romantic comedy in the true sense of the word, "Failure to Launch" is the first certified "date film" of the year.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

The multiple contrivances and the inevitable grinding of the storytelling gears will have you itching to go home -- whether you happen to live with your parents or not.

September 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Christianity Today
Christianity Today

i just hated every single character soooo much

August 13, 2006 amiable and entertaining (albeit entirely forgettable) piece of work.

July 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It'd take a considerably more charming pair of leads to salvage a concept this lame and a screenplay this witless.

June 18, 2006 Full Review Source:

One of those average romantic comedies that Hollywood churns out several times a year like widgets on an assembly line.

May 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The two times I did laugh, no one else did.

May 12, 2006 Full Review
Broomfield Enterprise

Tom Dey directs with all the energy of a cook flipping burgers at Jack in the Box.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

As bland as corn flakes.

May 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Audience Reviews for Failure to Launch

Yeah, it's not the best, and Matthew McConaughey looks damn rough for "35", but sometimes a rom com is just the thing, and this is a cute idea and fairly inoffensive. Zooey Deschanel as well in a small role.
December 9, 2013

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By the numbers romcom nearly completely stolen by ZD as the quirky nutjob support girlfriend. The best thing seen with SJP though, by far.
July 28, 2012

Super Reviewer

It gets three stars purely for Zooey Deschanel and that bloody bird! Deschanel is quirky and funny in this Funnyish movie!
May 30, 2012
Film Crazy

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Failure to Launch is yet another romantic comedy that relies far too much on the usual clichés you'd expect from the countless romantic comedies out there. Everything you'd expect from a romantic comedy is present, and that's not a good thing. Failure to Launch is a mess from start to finish. There are a few mildly funny parts, but the film has so many things wrong with it, that it overshadows the promising elements for this film. The film wasn't my cup of tea, and overall it was a poorly constructed film. Matthew McConaughey I find him to be very misplaced in these types of films, he just ruins his career with films like this. This film was awful, bland, and unimpressive. The Writing limitations show on-screen. The film really ends up being a silly affair after a while, and it becomes pretty annoying. This film had the potential in being a good film; instead director Tom Dey crafts a film that misses the mark in every respect. The lead actors are terrible here, and I don't recommend this film. If you're looking for a good comedy film, you won't find it with Failure to Launch. This is a complete misfire of a film, a film that could have been good, but suffers from a bad director and bad script. With that in mind, you can expect something very bad with this film. Failure to Launch is just like every other rom-coms, clichéd, predictable, silly and most of all, an unfunny, strained film that will bore the viewer.
December 18, 2011
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    1. Al: [Sitting naked together in a recliner, singing] Hit the road, 'Tripp', and don't ya come back no more, no more, no more, no more.
    – Submitted by Hanna K (3 years ago)
    1. Kit: What the hell kind of devil bird chirps at night.
    – Submitted by Henrique T (3 years ago)
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