Failure to Launch (2006)

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Critic Consensus: 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 take a concerted effort to get Tripp out and enjoy their twilight years in peace. Realizing that their only hope for ridding themselves of their reluctant-to-leave offspring rides on the off-chance of his meeting the ideal female companion, mom and dad enlist the help of a beautiful and talented woman (Sarah Jessica Parker) in providing the romantic incentive needed to finally get their son out of the family home. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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All Critics (150) | Top Critics (39)

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

Dec 18, 2006 | Full Review…

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

Oct 7, 2006

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.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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How, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire?

Mar 18, 2006 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's completely unbelievable.

Mar 16, 2006

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.

Mar 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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½

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
Nicki Marie

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½

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

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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

Film Crazy
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.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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