Failure to Launch

Released 2006


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Tom Dey
Failure to Lauch is a 2006 romantic comedy directed by Tom Dey. At 35, Tripp (Mathew McConaughey) has reached the pinnacle of success. He lives in a nice house, spends his time sailing yachts, meets beautiful women, and sleeps with them without any commitments. He is the idol of all his friends, but not his parents, Al (Terry Bradshaw), and Sue (Kathy Bates). They are ready for him to move out of their house and start his own life. To accomplish their desire, Al and Sue hire Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker), a counselor of sorts, to help them launch Tripp out into the world. Paula has a fool-proof formula that involves building-up a man's self-esteem, transferring his dependence to her, and giving him the confidence to set off on his own, all the while avoiding intimacy. Unfortunately for Paula, Tripp doesn't have self-esteem issues and just uses his parents as a way to dump girls before he has to make a commitment. When Paula calls his bluff and stays the night with Tripp at his parents' house, they are both in virgin territory. While Tripp must face his "failure to launch," Paula has her own demons to conquer.moreless


Metacritic Score

  • 60

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    The movie has only the most tenuous connection with reality. But the same could be said of classic 30's screwball comedies in which the treacherous feints and ploys of the mating g...

  • 60

    Variety Brian Lowry

    An especially slight romantic comedy whose modest charms are derived largely from its supporting players.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker look and act, quite attractively, like grown-ups, and their easy rapport makes them convincing and appealing as an on-screen couple. So...

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Comedy, Drama


Romantic Comedy, Love & Romance