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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 (152) | Top Critics (46)

Verging on the preposterous, director Tom Dey's Failure To Launch relies on attractive stars to overcome its lackluster execution.

July 23, 2008

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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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.

April 1, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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

March 31, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | 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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