Failure to Launch

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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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Critic Reviews for Failure to Launch

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (41)

  • 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…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • Once again, Matthew McConaughey creates an aura, a force-field of unfunniness. A man-sized block of Unfunny Kryptonite from the Planet Unfunny, killing off all the funny within a 1,000-yard radius.

    Apr 1, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It sounds like a vehicle with plenty of comedy mileage, but Failure To Launch quickly runs out of steam.

    Mar 21, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • How, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire?

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

Audience Reviews for Failure to Launch

  • Apr 22, 2013
    The failure of this film is the lack of any real chemistry and humour.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 17, 2011
    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 r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2011
    Another formulaic romantic-comedy bursting at the seams with cliches, inane dialogue, and stiff acting. "Let me go powder my nose." God, how I hated this movie.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Aug 15, 2011
    Another formulaic romantic-comedy bursting at the seams with cliches, stiff dialogue, and bad acting. God, how I hated this movie.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer

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