• PG-13, 1 hr. 36 min.
  • Drama, Romance, Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Tom Dey
    In Theaters:
    Mar 10, 2006 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 27, 2006
  • Paramount Pictures


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Failure to Launch Reviews

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Kam Williams

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 Source: BlackFilm.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 19, 2007
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

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

Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Original Score: 3/4

December 13, 2006
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...an amiable and entertaining (albeit entirely forgettable) piece of work.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 23, 2006
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week

this rom-com dodges the unsavory omen of its title and once again demonstrates that predictable plots aren't so bad if they involve Matthew McConaughey removing his shirt.

| Original Score: 3/5

April 10, 2006
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile

A smartly funny variation on the theme of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (but targeted at a more discerning audience), the film is witty, funny and the cast hand-picked.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

April 6, 2006
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine

Flimsy but fun, this rom-com has an enjoyable edge to it -- just don't expect to remember much about it in the morning.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2006
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

... a classic example of a movie that isn't as good as the sum of its parts, but those individual parts are surprisingly entertaining

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 29, 2006
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

When's the last time the tightly clenched buttcheeks of a former pro football star tickled your funnybone?

Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC) | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 24, 2006
Diana Saenger

Not one of McConaughey's best films

Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 13, 2006
Harvey S. Karten

Some sharp dialogue raises this romantic comedy above the TV sitcom genre.

Full Review Source: Compuserve | Original Score: B-

March 12, 2006
Rebecca Murray

Three months into the year and finally a decent romantic comedy hits theaters.

Full Review Source: About.com | Original Score: B

March 11, 2006
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Surprise! Surprise! 'Failure to Launch' actually has an original premise, solid acting and very good writing.

Full Review

March 11, 2006
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

Once in a while, it's just nice to have romance and comedy come together in a pleasant surprise.

Full Review

March 11, 2006


Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 3/5

March 11, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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We have liftoff! And that's exactly what we want from a romantic comedy.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

March 10, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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This is a guy comedy being mismarketed as a chick flick, complete with a poster that looks like a page from Lucky magazine.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

March 10, 2006
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Director Tom Dey throws in so much energetic slapstick that the film feels lively and fresher than it probably should, especially during several scenes involving animal-induced mayhem.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The comical part -- the part with the assaulting fauna -- is eccentric, knockabout fun, spattered with outlandish setups and amicably offbeat supporting players who reach out and steal the show.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 10, 2006
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers, Failure to Launch reminds us that Hollywood is set on making romantic-comedy counterparts to the chick flick.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 10, 2006
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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
Philip French
Observer [UK]
January 20, 2007

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July 1, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 11, 2006

Baltimore Sun
March 11, 2006

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