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Failure to Launch Review

Movies.com Critics

1.5

Dave White Profile

… a widescreen unfunny sitcom … Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    47

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The premise is misbegotten, the chemistry non-existent and the dialogue leaden. Did we mention how tediously the plot unfolds?

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    If you like Kathy Bates movies, you'll probably be frustrated with this one, since as Tripp's mother, the invaluable character actress is made to whipsaw between playing sappy domestic slave to her son's laundry and salty, overly sexual wife.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Thanks largely to Ms. Parker and to the delectable Zooey Deschanel as her anhedonic house-mate, the filmmakers still manage to squeeze some juice out.

  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    McConaughey and Parker get stranded with thanklessly predictable scenes, while Zooey Deschanel, Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw garner the film's few laughs.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Formulaic romcom isn't meant for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie may not appeal to teens, who probably don't care much about an immature 35-year-old. The movie includes frequent comic sexual references. The film opens on a date that ends with a couple in bed, Tripp's parents appear in bed together (and Terry Bradshaw appears naked in one scene, with fish tank judiciously placed to hide his privates). Paula pretends to have her ailing dog put to sleep (and cries about it) in order to win Tripp's sympathy; they have sex one night in his bedroom (you see parents listening to moans and squeals). Several scenes of comic violence. Lots of drinking.

  • Families can talk about the phenomenon of adult children living with their parents. How does Tripp's perpetual adolescence affect his parents? Why is Tripp so afraid to grow up? Does the movie glamorize "the bachelor lifestyle"? What stereotypes does this movie rely upon?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Paula is hired to seduce Tripp; the adolescent-adult male character is a tired cliché.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Tripp is bitten by various animals, falls off a short cliff, crashes his bike; someone shoots a bird, which is then resuscitated.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Sexual situations include innuendo, activity in bed; " interventionist" is hired to seduce hero away from living at his parents. Naked male backside.

  • language false3

    Language: Some profanity, including f-word and a few mentions of s---t.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Cars (Porsche), Mint Milanos, Apple and Dell laptops.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Lots of drinking.

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