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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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Storyline

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 <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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

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Comedy | Romance

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

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10 March 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Soltero en casa  »

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Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$73,292 (Chile) (16 June 2006)
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The roles of Tripp and Paula were written for Zach Braff and Amanda Peet. See more »

Goofs

During a sailing scene, a discussion involving nautical terms refers to turning a sailboat as "jibing" and "coming about" which is in part incorrect. Rather, this discussion should describe the two ways to come about: a "jibe" which is a downwind turn and a "tack" which is an upwind turn. See more »

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[first lines]
Melissa: I just feel really close to you.
Tripp: You ARE really close to me.
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12 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had high hopes for this movie. After all, I love all of the cast members. However, somehow, it just didn't do it for me. It was as if the screenwriters didn't know who they wanted to try to please. The over the top farcical scenes would have worked in a different movie, and the relationship scenes would have worked in a different movie. I think that one of the subplots involving Zooey Deschanel (who literally steals the show) would have been more interesting to watch than either of the two leads. Matthew McConaughey is admittedly good looking to watch, but his abs and cast have been his supporting cast long enough. And as much as I have loved Sarah Jessica Parker, she's looking a bit long in the tooth here, and is definitely too old to play the part.

Grade: C (But only for Zooey's sake, I loved her!)


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