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Failure To Launch

comedy, romance

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

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
3 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • 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?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The comical part -- the part with the assaulting fauna -- is eccentric, knockabout fun, spattered with outlandish setups and amicably offbeat supporting players who reach out and steal the show.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, March 10, 2006

Rotten: Add to this a confused moral message and it's clear that, as its title inadvertently suggests, this romantic comedy never gets off the ground.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006


- Brooke Holgerson, Boston Phoenix, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Now that's my kind of girl! I like the rule part of Sarah Jessica Parker's job here, made it a little more interesting as a Rom-Com, in other ways it was very much typical of the genre, but it was entertaining and enjoyable

- 76Majikat, Wednesday, September 15, 2010

2 stars

Don't really like MM nor SJP, decent supporting cast which helps the movie from tanking, except for that Zooey woman, worse than a BB to the sack, maybe not that bad. Terry Bradshaw acts? Yep, he's porkin' Kathy Bates, what a intro to the film bidness!

- Chiefilms, Thursday, April 1, 2010

0 star

Lame romantic comedy

- dukeakasmudge, Thursday, October 29, 2009