Failure to Launch (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Failure to Launch (2006)



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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Critic Reviews for Failure to Launch

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (39)

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

December 18, 2006 | Full Review…

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

October 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.

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

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

It's completely unbelievable.

March 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.

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

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
Nicki Marie

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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!

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Film Crazy

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