Failure to Launch

Theatrical Release: March 10, 2006
Failure to Launch


Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) has never been able to leave the nest. He’s always had some reason or other, but now, his desperate parents have had enough. They hire the gorgeous and talented girl of his dreams (Sarah Jessica Parker) to get him to move out of the house.

Dove Review

“Failure to Launch” has many original funny moments, especially when Terry Bradshaw and Kathy Bates are on the screen. I found the entire plot to be somewhat similar to McConaughey’s other romantic comedy “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”, although his character in this one is much more childish and self absorbed.

This could have been a wonderful family romantic comedy absent all the sex scenes and the obscene language. I also fail to understand why almost every romantic comedy these days relies on characters deceiving each other as the main foundation in the relationships of the main characters. “Failure to Launch” is a total failure for family audiences.

Content Description

Sex: Unmarried man has sexual relationships with two different women; Another unmarried couple has sex; man and women shown in bed together. Some sexual dialog
Language: S-9; D-1; GD-4; JC-1; H-2; B*st*rd-1; G-2; OMG-4; B-2; F-1; For C sakes-1; A-; whore-1; crap-1; slang reference made to nurturing a dog.
Violence: Man shot in foot with paintball gun. Man gets bit by three different animals. Bird shot with BB gun. Man tied up.
Drugs: Many characters consume alcohol several times throughout the film.
Nudity: Naked woman seen from the cleavage up; Terry Bradshaw's naked bottom shown three times; women's cleavage shown many times.
Occult: None


Company: Paramount
Writer: Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember
Director: Tom Dey
Producer: Scott Rudin
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 97 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Dave Lukens