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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)
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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. There's comfort in seeing actors we know doing what we've come to expect them to do. But more important, the film surrounds them with supporting characters who are less familiar to us, who act in ways we don't expect.
  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. 50
    Deschanel may not be as brilliant as the great comedian Gracie Allen (and, at any rate, it's too soon to tell). But her Rube Goldberg timing (which only seems indirect) and blissfully zonked demeanor suggest the spirit of Allen. She's the only actor in Failure to Launch who isn't earthbound; she leaves everyone else in the dust simply by hanging back.
  5. Failure to Launch sounds like really bad Oscar Wilde, but it's not that good. You are not supposed to dislike anybody here.
  6. Somehow the screwball concoction does not jell. The stars are pleasant but unexciting, the goofy ensemble has a few moments of hilarity but never catches fire, the laughs are very scattered and the film's title is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  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. LisaF.
    May 3, 2006
    10
    Truly the feel good movie you want to go see. Laugh out loud or just chuckle, you can't help but enjoy yourself here (even if it is just Truly the feel good movie you want to go see. Laugh out loud or just chuckle, you can't help but enjoy yourself here (even if it is just because you are thankful you never had this happen to you!) [***SPOILERS***] Sarah Jessica Parker comes across as genuine and relateable, and you feel happy for her when she realizes she has finally found The One, even though you are sad because you know what has to happen next -- The Reveal. Matthew McConaughey is delightful and fun. Kind of the boy next store, big brother we all wanted. He lends a spontenaity and charm to the character that helps draw us into his world and root for his success. While I love Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw, and am happy to see them "show" the older couple as loving and sexual partners after all those years, I could have gone the rest of my life without seeing Terry's butt! Take a friend or a girlfriend and check out Failure To Launch. Expand
  2. JamesB.
    Mar 26, 2006
    8
    Enjoyable romantic & buddy movie. McConaughey was maybe a little miscast, but it's made up for with Parker, Bradshaw, and certainly Enjoyable romantic & buddy movie. McConaughey was maybe a little miscast, but it's made up for with Parker, Bradshaw, and certainly Kathy Bates. This is a "no surprises" film with an excellent cast and a decent script. If you're in the mood for somehting light, you shouldn't be disappointed. Expand
  3. NicolaD.
    Jul 5, 2006
    8
    Its a fun comedy. It's not earthshattering, but its amusing. For the life of me I don't know why anyone would spend the time Its a fun comedy. It's not earthshattering, but its amusing. For the life of me I don't know why anyone would spend the time writing a 700+ word review on such a light weight movie!! Its entertainment it doesn't need to be over-analysed. Expand
  4. JH
    Jul 23, 2006
    6
    Not the best romantic comedy I've seen, but not the worst either. It was, for the most part, entertaining. Worth renting.
  5. 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.
  6. MatthewM.
    Jun 30, 2006
    4
    By no means am I a movie critic, but this movie has bad acting, bad comedy and bad chemistry.
  7. MatthewR.
    Mar 9, 2006
    1
    Deschanel wih those Betty Davis eyes steals the picture. Sarah Jessica continues to be as excrutiatingly annoying as she was in that stupid Deschanel wih those Betty Davis eyes steals the picture. Sarah Jessica continues to be as excrutiatingly annoying as she was in that stupid shoe fest called Sex and the City. Is Terry Bradshaw the new Robert DeNiro? Expand

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