Failure to Launch (2006)

To leave the nest, some men just need a little push.

Original Title : Failure to Launch
Director : Tom Dey
Writer : Tom J. Astle
Matt Ember
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Scott Aversano , Ronald M. Bozman , Karen Dexter , Scott Rudin
Music : Rolfe Kent
Photography : Claudio Miranda
Distributor : Paramount Pictures
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and language.
IMDB ID : 0427229
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Matthew McConaughey Tripp
Sarah Jessica Parker Paula
Zooey Deschanel Kit
Justin Bartha Ace
Bradley Cooper Demo
Terry Bradshaw Al
Kathy Bates Sue
Tyrell Jackson Williams Jeffrey
Katheryn Winnick Melissa
Rob Corddry Jim The Gun Salesman
Patton Oswalt Techie Guy
Stephen Tobolowsky Bud
Kate McGregor-Stewart Bey
Adam Alexi-Malle Mr. Axelrod
Gretchen Cleevely Veterinarian
Peter Jacobson Boatyard Couple
Jessica Stone Boatyard Couple
Stewart Skelton BBQ Guest-Dave
Sarah Lilly BBQ Guest-Nikki
E.L. James BBQ Guest
Aubrey Dollar Pizza Waitress
Anne Ewen Girl at Pizza Joint
Tremelda D. Cobb Girl at Pizza Joint
Jerrod Paige Guy at Pizza Joint
Tim Stoltenberg Guy in Pizza Parlor
Summer Lee Taco Waitress
Miladin Mutavzdic Basketball Player
Brian Jesiolowski Basketball Player
Larry Gamell Jr. Gun Salesman
Ilana Levine Yoga Teacher
Charles Dey Loving Couple
Phoebe Dey Loving Couple
Michael Ahl Restaurant patron (uncredited
Dr. Melissa Caudle (uncredited
Kristi Chalaire Zephyrs Fan (uncredited
Greg Cool Boat Mechanic (uncredited
Kristin Michelle Duncil Baseball Fan (uncredited
Geoffrey Gould Older Bookstore Gent (uncredited
Michele Harrington Baseball fan (uncredited
Nick Klein Man in Wheelchair (uncredited
Don Lincoln Baseball Fan (uncredited
Raymond Parker Man Pushing Wheelchair (uncredited
Jon Purvis Baseball Game Attendee (uncredited
Johnny Rock (uncredited
Stephen Rue Soccer Player (uncredited
Codie Scott Guy on Bike (uncredited
Ray Thibodeaux Baseball Fan (uncredited
Mageina Tovah Barista (uncredited


At 35, Tripp has an interesting job, a hip car, a passion for sailing, and a great house - trouble is, he lives with his parents. They want him out, so they hire Paula, an "interventionist," who has a formula in these cases: chance encounter, get him to ask her out, involve him in a trauma, meet his friends and get their nod, delay sex, have him teach her something, then launch him. It's worked up to now, but this gets complicated when Tripp thinks she's getting too serious and one of his pals is attracted to Paula's deadpan, semi-alcoholic roommate, who's plagued by a mockingbird. Too many secrets may scrub the launch, and what if Paula really likes him? Who can intervene then?


Great Cast Wasted on a Sub-Par Sitcom Script, 18 March 2006 Author: Danusha_Goska ( Why, oh, why, can Hollywood assemble such a fantastic cast, and fail the cast members so miserably with the script? Stay home and watch a "Friends" rerun and you'll probably witness a more coherent, funnier, and truer script.Every actor in this cast, including Terry Bradshaw, a former football player, is fantastic.In fact, why can Terry Bradshaw, a former football player, act better than professional Hollywood writers can write? This script is a mess. Scenes are short and borderline incoherent, or so dumb as to be targeted at an audience too young to care about romance. What's the point of putting goofy scenes, like the fake bird fake CPR scene, a scene that every seven year old in the audience will wake up for, in an alleged "romantic" comedy? There's no romance here. None. Zero. Zip. How do you put two such beautiful, sexy, charismatic actors -- Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker -- in a movie, and yet have absolutely zero romance or heat or sexual chemistry in the movie? I mean, you'd really have to be trying to make a movie this erotically neutered with two such stars.Nothing here makes much of any sense at all. The scenes are a jumble of failed ideas quickly abandoned. The direction and editing are nil.A few scenes are ridiculous and childish. Matthew McConaughey is repeatedly attacked by wild animals. These scenes just never take off.A few scenes are painful.MM takes SJP on a date on someone else's boat, pretending that it's his. He's caught, and has to run away. Is he supposed to be such a tacky character? Why is SJP supposed to fall in love with him? After MM discovers that his parents have been paying SJP to date him (this isn't a spoiler, this plot device is revealed early on), he uses a particularly crude word to tell her to go away. It's a believable reaction, but since everything else in the movie is so unbelievable, it's just awkward and does not fit.Then there is the scene where one group of characters spies on another couple of characters via webcams. It's meant to be heartwarming, but it's just utterly unbelievable and really creepy. Whoever scripted this scene is tone deaf.And a few scenes are just plain bizarre, as if they came from another movie.This is such a shame. The actors were up for it, but the script writers and director gave them nothing to work with.
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