• 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

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The movie's notion of humor is exemplified by Bradshaw's extended nude scene.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 18, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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As listless and phony as Failure to Launch may be, it does have one secret weapon in Zooey Deschanel.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

October 7, 2006
Anna Smith
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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How, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire?

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

March 18, 2006
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's completely unbelievable.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

March 16, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Failure to Launch is yet another disposable romantic comedy made with little thought or skill.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 10, 2006
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Apart from its name (easily the front-runner for worst of the year), Failure to Launch represents a failure in every way: of ideas, of inspiration, of casting.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

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
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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The plot synopsis sounds less like sitcom than sick-com: A womanizer has the tables turned on him when he falls in love with, essentially, a prostitute whose services are being paid for by parents who don't have the decency to ask him to leave.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

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
Tom Long
Detroit News
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If you're in search of a film with any real emotion or believable story, forget it. If you're OK with a flick that has some funny bits and a kooky couple playing second banana -- hey, launch on.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

March 10, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Parker does occasionally make us forget that Failure to Launch is so bereft of comic ideas that it ultimately stoops to giving Terry Bradshaw a nude scene to milk a laugh.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

March 10, 2006
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The only thing I rooted for in Failure To Launch was for Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker -- the two leads -- to find better movies.

| Original Score: C

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
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
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Under Tom Dey's direction, a perverse form of symmetry is at work here, and the stereotypes seem like old acquaintances you can enjoy for a couple of hours.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

March 10, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Cursed with an honest title, Failure to Launch waves a white flag in scene after scene, declaring surrender.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 10, 2006
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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There are elements of Failure to Launch that elevate it, albeit sporadically, above the typical romantic comedy that it is.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 10, 2006
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The movie is surprisingly nimble and emotionally honest.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 10, 2006
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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The film goes a layer deeper than most formulaic chick flicks. It dabbles in the sociological aspects of why many present-day adults refuse to leave the nest, as well as the effect on aging parents.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 10, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This would-be romantic comedy is neither. The premise is misbegotten, the chemistry non-existent and the dialogue leaden.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 1/4

March 9, 2006
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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The movie casts around wildly for comic set-pieces, coming up with things like aggressive chipmunks, hostile dolphins and a dad who longs to be naked at all times.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

March 9, 2006
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Every character has been given enough quirk to make the movie sublimely enjoyable but not so much that it becomes precious.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 9, 2006
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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Set light years away from the real world, this tart, amusing piece of screwball fluff stars Matthew McConaughey as a 35-year-old who still lives with his parents.

| Original Score: 2.5/5

March 9, 2006
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Tripp is such a stud that he has to beat women off with a stick. Or, rather, with his parents -- This isn't just idiotic, it's indefensible. It's also the picture's premise.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

March 9, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Oh, what stupid people these are.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1/4

March 9, 2006
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The title of the movie could also serve as its review.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: D+

March 9, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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As with most romantic comedies, Failure to Launch takes off thanks to its upbeat tone and the charisma of its stars.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

March 9, 2006
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Failure to Launch isn't about story. It's about star power. Adjust your expectations accordingly.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

March 9, 2006
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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The stars execute their silly romantic-comedy dance steps as if to the manner born, but it is the funny shuffle-and-halt tango between Bartha's computer nerd and Deschanel's man-proof misanthrope that add some real zest.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 9, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Even by the low standards of high-concept Hollywood rom-coms, this charmless, prophetically titled stinker stands apart, suggesting that the recent mass firings at studio Paramount may not have been such a bad idea after all.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 9, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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It fails at romance and comedy. It fails to make the lead characters interesting and their love affair believable. And it fails to develop a consistent tone that would enable viewers to suspend their disbelief.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2006
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Failure to Launch arrives pre-told by design. But even those coming in cold will know what's going to happen one step ahead.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

March 8, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Launch writes itself into such a corner that the only way it can manage a happy ending is to lock its leads in a room and force them to have a meaningful conversation.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

March 8, 2006
Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
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Beneath the sitcom sheen, there's a darker movie about broken people who use convenient, pitiful excuses to keep from growing up. You laugh at them, but you also have sympathy.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 7, 2006
Brian Lowry
Variety
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Failure to Launch is an especially slight romantic comedy whose modest charms are derived largely from its supporting players.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 6, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Stars Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker put as much energy, winning smiles and comic business into their roles as possible, but it's a no-go from the start.

March 3, 2006
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