Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker, SEX AND THE CITY) has a highly unusual job in this at times cartoonish romantic comedy: shes an interventionist. What this means is that parents of young men who are still living at home well into adulthood can hire her to date their sons, which lends the often troubled men the fortitude to strike out on their own. Trip (Matthew McConaughey) seemingly fits this description perfectly; a 35-year-old extreme sports enthusiast and boat salesman, he uses his living situation to quickly end any relationship that becomes too serious. Trips doting mother (Kathy Bates) and quirky father (former quarterback Terry Bradshaw) hire Paula at their friends adamant recommendation, and she sets about her tried-and-true method of winning Trip over. A few obstacles emerge, however, as Trips buddy Ace (Justin Bartha) finds out the truth, and must be bribed by a date with Paulas hilariously hostile roommate Kit (Zooey Deschanel). Paula also discovers a few things about Trips past that make her realise how different he is from the rest of her clients, but just as she begins to develop real feelings for him, disaster strikes. Some of the best and funniest moments in FAILURE TO LAUNCH are provided by its supporting cast. Deschanel provides dry, intelligent humour in a subplot involving a mockingbird thats taken up residence outside her window, as well as her courtship by adoring suitor Ace. Bates as usual gives a complex performance, doing much with the part provided for her, while a game Bradshaw is appealing in his eccentricities. The films somewhat fantastical plot is quickly eclipsed by the charm of the characters, the irresistible slapstick humour, and, in the end, heart-warming sentiment and lessons learned.
Making Of,, Interview With Matthew McConaughey And Terry Bradshaw,, Failure To Launch Contest,, Featurettes,, Theatrical Trailer
Release Date: 17 July 2006
Certificate: 12 - Suitable for Persons Aged 12 or Over
Running Time: 92 minutes
Production Year: 2006
Main Language: English
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