Failure to Launch

March 10th, 2006


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

Release Year: 2006

Rating: 5.5/10 (28,091 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Tom Dey

Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Bates

At 35, Tripp has an interesting job, a hip car, a passion for sailing, and a great house - trouble is, he lives with his parents. They want him out, so they hire Paula, an "interventionist," who has a formula in these cases: chance encounter, get him to ask her out, involve him in a trauma, meet his friends and get their nod, delay sex, have him teach her something, then launch him. It's worked up to now, but this gets complicated when Tripp thinks she's getting too serious and one of his pals is attracted to Paula's deadpan, semi-alcoholic roommate, who's plagued by a mockingbird. Too many secrets may scrub the launch, and what if Paula really likes him? Who can intervene then?

Writers: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember

Matthew McConaughey - Tripp
Sarah Jessica Parker - Paula
Zooey Deschanel - Kit
Justin Bartha - Ace
Bradley Cooper - Demo
Terry Bradshaw - Al
Kathy Bates - Sue
Tyrel Jackson Williams - Jeffrey
Katheryn Winnick - Melissa
Rob Corddry - Gun Salesman #1
Patton Oswalt - Techie Guy
Stephen Tobolowsky - Bud
Kate McGregor-Stewart - Bev
Adam Alexi-Malle - Mr. Axelrod
Gretchen Cleevely - Gretchen the Veterinarian

Taglines: To leave the nest, some men just need a little push.


Official Website: Paramount [United States] | UIP [France] |

Release Date: 10 March 2006

Filming Locations: Annapolis, Maryland, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $50,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $24,411,322 (USA) (12 March 2006) (3057 Screens)

Gross: $128,406,887 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Philippines: (cut)

Did You Know?

Robert Duvall was originally cast to play Al, before he was replaced by Terry Bradshaw.

Continuity: When Tripp is tied up in the chair the camera cuts to a shot of his feet turning him to his right and putting the stairs in the background directly behind him. Then the camera cuts to a head shot of Tripp and the stairs are on his left, then cut back to feet and stairs are directly behind him as he taps his right foot.

[first lines]
Melissa: I just feel really close to you.
Tripp: You are really close to me.

User Review

Not at all like the trailer

Rating: 9/10

The trailer was boring and I was sure I didn't want to see the movie. I am also not a big fan of Matt or Sarah. Luckily for me there was nothing "good" to see for date night out with the wife. So we decided to see "Failure to Launch". It was possibly the funniest movie so far this year. Great characters, great story, and loads of bust out laughing situations. Terry Bradshaw and Kathy Bates are crazy/funny and actually parents I would love to have. The rest of the cast, especially the character of Kit, are perfect for the parts played and extremely funny. This is just what it is supposed to be, a fun romp. Enjoy this movie and don't take it seriously like the guy from Canada.