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  • Summary: Tripp (McConaughey) has never been able to leave the nest. He's always had some reason or other, but now, his desperate parents (Bradshaw, Bates) have had enough. They hire the gorgeous and talented girl of his dreams (Parker) to get him to move out of the house. (Paramount Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 31
  2. Negative: 8 out of 31
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    88
    This is a guy comedy being mismarketed as a chick flick, complete with a poster that looks like a page from Lucky magazine.
  2. "The Family Stone" did nothing for Parker, but Failure to Launch makes a strong case for life after "Sex and the City."
  3. 63
    That there's precious little chemistry between buffed-and-tanned stars Parker and McConaughey is only the first of this slight, overly busy film's problems.
  4. 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 all throughout Failure to Launch, I found myself wishing they were in a different movie, maybe one as sophisticated as "The Philadelphia Story," which the movie references, but doesn't remotely live up to.
  5. Suffers from the problem that plagues too many romantic comedies: The supporting characters are roughly 1,000 percent more interesting than the main characters.
  6. 42
    The only bright spot--beyond McConaughey's boyish Southern charm and a pleasant soundtrack--is Zooey Deschanel as Parker's acid-tongued roommate, whose quirks include alcoholism and nihilism. Someone really should tell Deschanel that she's already too big and too good for thankless Eve Arden roles.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    The premise is misbegotten, the chemistry non-existent and the dialogue leaden. Did we mention how tediously the plot unfolds?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. Oct 12, 2013
    5
    It`s an ok movie, with a unique twist, but it failed to Launch anything to grab my attention for to long.I think it`s worth watching, but it`s just an avr. Romance/comedy flick.I will say more original than most. Expand
  2. Jan 18, 2011
    5
    Not terrible but definitely not one I would watch again. McConaughey lost points in my mind after this one. It had some funny moments but far too few.
  3. Nov 8, 2012
    3
    In order for romantic cheese to appeal to me, it either has to be funny, or least feature a likable enough actress to where I care whether they find happiness or not. It's not funny, and Sarah Jessica Parker looks like a horse. Expand

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