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Failure to Launch (2006)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  10 March 2006 (USA)
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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.


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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? Written by <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

10 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Soltero en casa  »

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Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$24,411,322 (USA) (10 March 2006)


$73,292 (Chile) (16 June 2006)

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Did You Know?


When Tripp is talking to the couple about power vs. sail boats, the coffee cups they hold give away one of the movie's shooting locations, New Orleans. CC's coffee houses are only found in Louisiana, at least as of 2006. See more »


The movie supposedly takes place in Baltimore, MD yet they go to a New Orleans Zyphers-Omaha Royals baseball game. The Royals never visit the East Coast. See more »


[first lines]
Melissa: I just feel really close to you.
Tripp: You ARE really close to me.
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Referenced in Arrested Development: A New Start (2013) See more »


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10 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm just a guy who (doesn't live with his parent's) likes to be entertained. Our theater last night was packed and we couldn't stop laughing! This is a fun romantic comedy that leaves you feeling good. What I thought was going to be a predictable movie surprised me with characters that were endearing. Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw are great as the parent's. (Remember "Meet The Focker's?) Matthew McConaughey is the perfect "lovable loser" (and yes, he's wrapped in nothing but a towel in the first two minutes!) Sarah Jessica Parker has that charm and smile that would melt anyone's heart. The supporting cast is great! Matthew's 'live at home bud's' featuring Justin Bartha as "Ace" is the perfect "nerd" and Zooey Deschanel as "Kit" has a dry sense of humor often steals the scenes she shares with Sarah Jessica. Whether you still live at home or know someone who does, "Failure to Launch" lifts off.

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