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Failure to Launch (2006)



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

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content, partial nudity and language.)
Genre: Drama , Romance , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom J. Astle , Matt Ember
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 27, 2006
Box Office: $88.7M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Failure to Launch

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (40)

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

Full Review… | December 18, 2006
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

As listless and phony as Failure to Launch may be, it does have one secret weapon in Zooey Deschanel.

Full Review… | October 7, 2006
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
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.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011

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."

Full Review… | April 20, 2009

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.

Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


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

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

It gets three stars purely for Zooey Deschanel and that bloody bird! Deschanel is quirky and funny in this Funnyish movie!

Film Crazy

Super Reviewer

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