Box art for Failure To Launch

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    24%
  • Audience Score
    53%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
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®

  • Tomatometer®

    24%
    reviews counted: 29
    see all Failure To Launch reviews
  • Audience

    53%

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

Fresh:

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

Audience Reviews

2 stars

By the numbers romcom nearly completely stolen by ZD as the quirky nutjob support girlfriend. The best thing seen with SJP though, by far.

- ApeneckFletcher, Saturday, July 28, 2012

3 stars

It gets three stars purely for Zooey Deschanel and that bloody bird! Deschanel is quirky and funny in this Funnyish movie!

- FiLmCrAzY, Wednesday, May 30, 2012

0 star

Failure to Launch is yet another romantic comedy that relies far too much on the usual clichs you'd expect from the countless romantic comedies out there. Everything you'd expect from a romantic comedy is present, and that's not a good thing. Failure to Launch is a mess from start to finish. There are a few mildly funny parts, but the film has so many things wrong with it, that it overshadows the promising elements for this film. The film wasn't my cup of tea, and overall it was a poorly constructed film. Matthew McConaughey I find him to be very misplaced in these types of films, he just ruins his career with films like this. This film was awful, bland, and unimpressive. The Writing limitations show on-screen. The film really ends up being a silly affair after a while, and it becomes pretty annoying. This film had the potential in being a good film; instead director Tom Dey crafts a film that misses the mark in every respect. The lead actors are terrible here, and I don't recommend this film. If you're looking for a good comedy film, you won't find it with Failure to Launch. This is a complete misfire of a film, a film that could have been good, but suffers from a bad director and bad script. With that in mind, you can expect something very bad with this film. Failure to Launch is just like every other rom-coms, clichd, predictable, silly and most of all, an unfunny, strained film that will bore the viewer.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Sunday, December 18, 2011