Failure to Launch
Failure to Launch (2006)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
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Critic Score: 24% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The few comic gags sprinkled throughout the movie fail to spice up this formulaic rom-com.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

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

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

How, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire?

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Fans of Bongo playing narcissist Matthew McConaughey will breeze through this formulaic rom-com, though it possesses about as much charm as it does logic.

Stephanie Zacharek

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

Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It's completely unbelievable.

Joshua Starnes

It's not funny. It is occasionally witty, but not very often. It seems the filmmakers realized that as well as they fill the frequent dry spells with physical comedy that doesn't really fit the tone of the movie.

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Anna Smith
Time Out

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Cole Smithey

A limp romantic comedy, this cut-and-paste bookend to last year's "Hitch" finds Sarah Jessica Parker playing Paula a demoralized romantic turned "professional interventionist."

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Flixster Audience Score: 52% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
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… More
Alex roy
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.… More
Kevin M. Williams
By the numbers romcom nearly completely stolen by ZD as the quirky nutjob support girlfriend. The best thing seen with SJP though, by far.
Cassie Hill
Great movie. Somehow Matthew McConaughey always seems to play the weird put funny parts. "Your naked" "this is my naked room". Terry… More
Film Crazy
It gets three stars purely for Zooey Deschanel and that bloody bird! Deschanel is quirky and funny in this Funnyish movie!
Bethany Murphy
The best film I've seen Sarah Jessica Parker in apart from 'Footloose.' Quite funny and the plot of the film was well written.