Failure to Launch

Failure to Launch

Tom Dey (2006)

12 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A thirtysomething man has no intention of leaving the family home, so his exasperated parents respond by hiring a woman who earns her living enticing stay-at-home men to fall in love with her and then encouraging them to fly the nest. Romantic comedy, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey, Kathy Bates and Zooey Deschanel.

Cast & Crew

Tripp Matthew McConaughey
Paula Sarah Jessica Parker
Sue Kathy Bates
Kit Zooey Deschanel
Al Terry Bradshaw
Bud Stephen Tobolowsky
Ace Justin Bartha
Demo Bradley Cooper
Director Tom Dey
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: UIPGuidance: Sex references, edited for language.Available on: DVD
Comedy Drama