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Failure to Launch (2006)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 437,660


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

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


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Critic Reviews for Failure to Launch

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (113) | DVD (26)

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

How, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire?

Full Review… | March 18, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's completely unbelievable.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 10, 2006
San Francisco Chronicle
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

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2008

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

Full Review… | May 2, 2007
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.

Full Review… | April 19, 2007

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.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

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

Full Review… | February 24, 2007

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

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
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.

Full Review… | September 22, 2006
Christianity Today

i just hated every single character soooo much

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review… | June 18, 2006

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

Full Review… | May 29, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

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

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Broomfield Enterprise

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

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

As bland as corn flakes.

Full Review… | May 6, 2006
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.

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

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.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Failure to Launch Quotes

[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)
What the hell kind of devil bird chirps at night.
– Submitted by Henrique T (3 years ago)

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