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Failure to Launch (Widescreen Edition)
Failure to Launch (Widescreen Edition)
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Avg. Customer Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars(based on 63 reviews)
Sales Rank: 59
Category: DVD

Director: Tom Dey
Publisher: Paramount Home Video
Studio: Paramount Home Video
Manufacturer: Paramount Home Video
Label: Paramount Home Video
Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: Spanish (Subtitled), English (Dubbed)
Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 96 minutes
Number Of Items: 1
Shipping Weight (lbs): 0.2
Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6

UPC: 097363449140
EAN: 0097363449140

Release Date: June 27, 2006  (New: Last 30 Days)
Theatrical Release Date: March 10, 2006
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:
The plot of Failure to Launch is utterly implausible, yet the movie is thoroughly fun. Tripp (laid-back Matthew McConaughey, Sahara, Dazed and Confused) is a 35-year-old man who still lives with his parents (Kathy Bates, Misery, and ex-quarterback Terry Bradshaw)--and they aren't happy about it. Eager to get him out of the nest, they hire Paula (Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker), a professional motivator who feigns relationships with boy-men so that their improved self-esteem will lead them to leave the nest. But Tripp's not the usual insecure shut-in Paula's used to, and as sparks fly, Paula finds herself losing her professional distance. This sort of set-up drove classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s; once you embrace the absurdity, the movie zips along with a surprising balance of humor and bittersweet shadings. Failure to Launch gets a huge boost from the supporting performance of Zooey Deschanel (Elf) as Paula's housemate Kit--part sourpuss, part tomboy, and entirely sexy and winning. McConaughey and Parker have enjoyable chemistry and carry the movie well, but Deschanel is an oddball romantic-heroine-in-waiting. Also featuring Bradley Cooper (Alias) and Justin Bartha (National Treasure). --Bret Fetzer

Customer Reviews:   Read 58 more reviews...

2 out of 5 stars Strange subplots distract from potentially funny movie   July 25, 2006
  0 out of 1 found this review helpful

Failure to Launch is the story of a man (Matthew McConaughey) who will not move out of his parents house. He enjoys the pleasures of being waited on by his mother and uses his parents as a way to avoid commitment with women. In comes Sarah Jessica Parker, hired by his parents, to sweep him off his feet and get him to move out of the house.

I almost don't feel bad about telling you what happens next since it's so blatantly obvious, I wouldn't be spoiling anything. Yes, there are some funny moments, but I think they were made even funnier by the dull periods in between.

Plus there was this random subplot with Kit (Sarah Jessica Parker's roommate) that was just bizarre. Maybe I'm a spoil sport, but I don't think severly depressed alcoholics with major emotional problems are that funny...

I think I expected a little more from this movie - I was hoping for a twist or two (I would have settled for one), but it never came. I think the strange subplots were meant as comic relief, but I wasn't very relieved by them. ::sigh:: Another romantic comedy that just didn't make the grade...

3 out of 5 stars 3 3/4 stars   July 24, 2006
  2 out of 2 found this review helpful

I watched this movie with some family, and I found that the older the person was in my family, the more they enjoyed this movie. For me, I found it mildly amusing, made a little better by the fabulous Kathy Bates (Great Actress!) I didn't think Matthew and Sarah had all that great of chemistry, so it made their relationship hard to believe. But, it had some good dialogue, and was, overall an ok movie. :)

4 out of 5 stars Why the low rating?   July 24, 2006
  1 out of 2 found this review helpful

We rented this movie three or four nights ago at about 9:00. We started it as soon as everybody was downstairs and never stopped it. What can I say? I loved it! I still don't understand why it got such a low rating. I mean, this film is hilarious. True, the two lead actors aren't my favorite, but Kathy Bates "Sue", Terry Bradshaw "Al", Bradley Cooper "Demo", Justin Bartha "Ace" and Zooey Deschanel "Kit" made the trip worthwhile. I have to say that my two favorite characters are Ace and Kit.

Great movie. Looooove iiiiiiit!


1 out of 5 stars Simply Horrible   July 23, 2006
  2 out of 3 found this review helpful

Parker's and McConaughey's characters are traipsing around saying...."I am so great, I am so great!" A fifth grader would find this film overly predictable. You know exactly what you are being set up for 15 minutes before each scene. The supporting cast is pathetic, and didn't find myself liking any of the characters except for Terry Bradshaw. He was hilarious. I expected more from Kathy Bates, who is an excellent actress(see Misery).

Save your money and rent a movie with more meaningful and serious themes like "Syriana."

4 out of 5 stars Another romantic comedy for the collection...   July 22, 2006
  1 out of 2 found this review helpful

This is just like every other romantic comedy out there, but still doesn't fail to entertain. I personally love romantic comedies and I really liked this one. Sarah Jessica Parker is adorable and you get to see Matthew McConaghey (sp?) walk around in a towel. Now that's entertainment! :) If you don't want to spend the money to buy the movie, it definitely worth the rent!

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