Failure To Launch

Directed By: Tom Dey Starring: Matthew McConaughey

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Product Overview

A thirtysomething slacker suspects his parents of setting him up with his dream girl so he'll finally evacuate their home.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 202540044
UPC 097363449140
UPC 14 00097363449140
Format DVD
Release Date 8/21/2007
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Editors Note
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.
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
Directors
Tom Dey
Actors
Matthew McConaughey
Cast & Crew
Claudio Miranda - Cinematographer
Kathy Bates - Actor
Matt Ember - Writer
Matthew McConaughey - Actor
Rolfe Kent - Original Music By
Ronald M. Bozman - Executive Producer
Sarah Jessica Parker - Actor
Scott Aversano - Producer
Steven Rosenblum - Editor
Tom Dey - Director
Tom J. Astle - Writer
Zooey Deschanel - Actor
Technical Info
Catalog ID 344914
UPC 00097363449140
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 96 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety.com
Review 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.
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Reviewer Brian Lowry
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review 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.
ReviewDate
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 5
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby, Digital Audio, French, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Mcconaughey,Matthew
Label Paramount Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Gene Shalit, Today ...a bright and breezy romantic comedy.
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald Bradshaw, who is funnier than you might suspect, also turns out to be the most fearless of performers.
Stephen Hunter, Washington Post ...the best comedy since I don't know when.

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