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Failure to Launch
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Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Terry Bradshaw, Kathy Bates
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Paramount Pictures
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Nope, it's an adult story.
Date Movie: If you don't live with your parents, at least she won't have to wonder when you finally decide to take her to "your" place.
Gratuitous Sex: Some under-the-covers stuff.
Gratuitous Violence: Nah.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: Quite a few, I thought.
Memorable Scene: I nearly had Diet Coke squirting out of my nostrils at the mockingbird death scene.
Memorable Quote: Nothing that great.
Directed By: Tom Dey
Produced By: Scott Rudin, Sott Aversano

Failure to Launch
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:37 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
Sometimes, as a movie reviewer, I find myself in the minority of movie reviewers, and such I find myself again in regards to the movie "Failure to Launch," because, well, I actually liked the movie. First, letís get to the movie itselfÖ

"Failure to Launch" gives us Matthew McConaughey as Tripp. Tripp is in his 30ís and lives at home with parents Al (Terry Bradshaw) and Sue (Kathy Bates). This may sound odd, but with his utter fear of commitment, and the fact that his mom still makes him breakfast, washes his clothes, cleans his room, and they let him have his friends over, itís actually a pretty sweet set-up. I mention the fear of commitment part because even though Tripp is good with the ladies, once he sees that look in their eyes that they want a more meaningful relationship, well, Tripp then takes them back to "his" place where once the girls find out he still lives at home, well, theyíre out of there quicker than shit through a goose.

Well, Mom and Dad are getting a little tired of Tripp still living at home, and they find out about this service, or dudette as you will, who will let you pay her to get your kid moved out. Enter Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker), said dudette. Yup, she gets hired to get Tripp to move out, and she things are going smoothly until, well, I know, you can guess it, she starts falling for Tripp. But she has a job to do, especially since sheís getting paid for it, so she keeps trying to work Tripp, who, in the meantime, is, of course, falling for Paula. With that Tripp knows itís time to end the relationship, so he invites Paula "home," except when Paula "finds out" Tripp lives at home, Paula throws a wrench into Trippís break-up plans by, well, not breaking up with him. Tripp is in new waters, Paula does the one thing sheís not supposed to do as part of her job, namely sleep with clientís son, but the movie must move along. In the meantime, one of Trippís buddies is falling for Paulaís friend, Kit (Zooey Deschanel), to give us a subplot.

Yes you can probably guess how things go, I mean, itís pretty straightforward. You can guess that Tripp will find out Paula was hired by his parents to get him to move out of the house, and of course, this will not have a good ending. You can guess it will be revealed why Tripp still lives at home. You can also guess that Mom, Dad, Kit, and the friends, all connive a ways to get Tripp and Paula back together. And yes, you can probably guess that all live happily ever after.

Critics seem to be bashing this film because it is so predictable but sometimes predictable can be fun. Other critics are bashing that we really donít need to see Terry Bradshawís butt, and even though I agree, I would rather have seen Zooeyís, I found the scene pretty funny. Still other critics just consider all of the characters, except maybe Kit, as complete idiots. Me, I laughed, and really, thatís all I wanted to do. Iím not saying "Failure to Launch" will make it into the annals of a "Sleepless in Seattle" romantic comedy, but I wasnít the only one laughing in the theater so I donít think Iím alone in liking it for what it was.

There are worse movies out there, and Iíll bet some dudes, as they get dragged to the theater to see this movie, whose relationships might be near the ending stage, might actually figure that Tripp has a pretty good set-up living at home. They might even wish they lived at home, too, so they could take their date home after the movie, sleep with them, have them figure out he lives with his parents, and they break up with him. You know what Tripp gets the morning after a break-up? A fantastic breakfast from Mom, he steals the sports' section from Dad, and Mom cleans his room. Not too bad.

Nothing great, nothing horrible. Iíd say pay for a matinee and itís a solid DVD rental. With that, as opposed to most critics who seem to really not like this movie, Iím giving "Failure to Launch" 3 Ĺ stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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