Failure to Launch

  • 12
  • Tom Dey (2006)
  • US
  • 92 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This lumbering romantic comedy pretends to address the apparent trend of 30-something slackers who are unwilling to fly the nest. It is actually an excuse to have a character called Tripp (played by Matthew McConaughey) fall over in all manner of random slapstick episodes. Tripp trips. Often. This is a useful indication of the level of wit the actors - and audience - are forced to deal with here. An underused Kathy Bates plays the long-suffering mother of this "adultescent" who hires Sarah Jessica Parker's specialist consultant to tempt him into moving out by making him fall for her. It's an odd concept within a laboured plot that's overly mechanical and rarely funny. Director Tom Dey only highlights the problem with an incongruous, melodramatic twist that backfires in the final approach.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker. Most 30-something men have flown the family nest, but slacker Tripp is happy to still be living with his parents. Mom and dad, however, think it's high time that their son made a life of his own, and in desperation hire the beautiful Paula to lure him away from under their feet.

Cast and crew

Cast

Tripp
Matthew McConaughey
Paula
Sarah Jessica Parker
Kit
Zooey Deschanel
Ace
Justin Bartha
Demo
Bradley Cooper
Al
Terry Bradshaw
Sue
Kathy Bates
Mr Axelrod
Adam Alexi-Malle
Jeffrey
Tyrell Jackson Williams
Melissa
Katheryn Winnick

Crew

Director
Tom Dey

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
UIP
Guidance: 
Sex references, edited for language.
Available on DVD
Released 31 Mar 2006
Certificate 12
Categories
Comedy
Drama