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Director: Tom Dey     Starring: Matthew McConaughey
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Format: DVD
Sku: 202540044
UPC: 097363449140
UPC 14: 00097363449140
Category Keywords: Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"To Leave the Nest, Some Men Just Need a Little Push."
A thirtysomething slacker suspects his parents of setting him up with his dream girl so he'll finally evacuate their home.

"...a bright and breezy romantic comedy.  Gene Shalit, Today
"Bradshaw, who is funnier than you might suspect, also turns out to be the most fearless of performers.  Connie Ogle, Miami Herald
"...the best comedy since I don't know when.  Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

Editor's Note
Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker, SEX AND THE CITY) has a highly unusual job in this at times cartoonish romantic comedy: she's an interventionist. What this means is that parents of young men who are still living at home well into adulthood can hire her to date their sons, which lends the often troubled men the fortitude to strike out on their own. Trip (Matthew McConaughey) seemingly fits this description perfectly; a 35-year-old extreme sports enthusiast and boat salesman, he uses his living situation to quickly end any relationship that becomes too serious. Trip's doting mother (Kathy Bates) and quirky father (former quarterbackTerry Bradshaw) hire Paula at their friends' adamant recommendation, and she sets about her tried-and-true method of winning Trip over. A few obstacles emerge, however, as Trip's buddy Ace (Justin Bartha) finds out the truth, and must be bribed by a date with Paula's hilariously hostile roommate Kit (Zooey Deschanel). Paula also discovers a few things about Trip's past that make her realize how different he is from the rest of her clients, but just as she begins to develop real feelings for him, disaster strikes.

Though somewhat meandering in its plotline, some of the best and funniest moments in FAILURE TO LAUNCH are provided by its supporting cast. Deschanel provides dry, intelligent humor in a subplot involving a mockingbird that's taken up residence outside her window, as well as her courtship by adoring suitor Ace. Bates as usual gives a complex performance, doing much with the part provided for her, while a game Bradshaw is appealing in his eccentricities. The film's somewhat fantastical plot is quickly eclipsed by the charm of the characters, the irresistible slapstick humor, and, in the end, heartwarming sentiment and lessons learned.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, French, No Longer Produced

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Paramount
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/21/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 96 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 344914
Video UPC UPC: 00097363449140
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Kathy Bates
Video Cast Info Matthew McConaughey
Video Cast Info Sarah Jessica Parker
Video Cast Info Zooey Deschanel
Video Cast Info Claudio Miranda - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Matt Ember - Writer
Video Cast Info Rolfe Kent - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ronald M. Bozman - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Scott Aversano - Producer
Video Cast Info Steven Rosenblum - Editor
Video Cast Info Tom Dey - Director
Video Cast Info Tom J. Astle - Writer

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"The director Tom Dey obviously cherishes 30's comedies, and he confidently guides a screenplay that has some of the sass and bit of those oldies through the screwball rapids....Mr. McConaughey and Ms. Parker make well-matched sparring partners." 03/10/2006 p.E9

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 5 -- "[S]heer absurdity never hurt a romantic comedy, and witty dialogue and caffeinated pacing make this one a winner." 07/13/2006 p.110 7 of 10
Although not nearly as bad as its title, "Failure to Launch" is an especially slight romantic comedy whose modest charms are derived largely from its supporting players. Conspicuously inspired by magazine articles about a trendy, "Oprah"-worthy syndrome -- adult children unwilling to leave their parents' homes -- the filmmakers pad the movie's allotted time with over-the-top interludes in pursuit of a screwball tone. Blessed with some crowd-pleasing elements, "Launch" should enjoy modest appeal among the weekend-date crowd but, to borrow its terminology, it doesn't seem destined to fully achieve liftoff. - Brian Lowry

Chicago Sun-Times 5 of 10
During the course of "Failure to Launch," characters are bitten by a chipmunk, a dolphin, a lizard and a mockingbird. I am thinking my hardest why this is considered funny, and I confess defeat. Would the movie be twice as funny if the characters had also been bitten by a Chihuahua, a naked mole rat and a donkey? I was bitten by a donkey once. It was during a visit to Stanley Kubrick's farm, outside London. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Mcconaughey,Matthew
Product attributeLabel:   Paramount Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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