A thirty-something is still living with his parents until they hire an interventionist to help him graduate out of the house. That's when the fun begins.

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Tom Dey
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew McConaughey ... Tripp
Sarah Jessica Parker ... Paula
Zooey Deschanel ... Kit
Justin Bartha ... Ace
Bradley Cooper ... Demo
Terry Bradshaw ... Al
Kathy Bates ... Sue
Tyrel Jackson Williams ... Jeffrey
Katheryn Winnick ... Melissa
Rob Corddry ... Gun Salesman #1
Patton Oswalt ... Techie Guy
Stephen Tobolowsky ... Bud
Kate McGregor-Stewart ... Bev
Adam Alexi-Malle ... Mr. Axelrod
Gretchen Cleevely Gretchen Cleevely ... Gretchen the Veterinarian
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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.

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The roles of Tripp and Paula were written for Zach Braff and Amanda Peet. See more »

Goofs

When Kit is talking to Paula in the kitchen after Paula breaks up with Tripp, Kit pulls up the right side of her sweater onto her shoulder; however, when the camera shows her again, it's off her shoulder; then, when Paula walks out of the kitchen, the sweater is back on her shoulder. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Melissa: I just feel really close to you.
Tripp: You ARE really close to me.
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: 2010 Tournament of Champions Semifinal 2 (2010) See more »

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Original Drum
by 'Sister' Carol East (as Carole East) & Michael Goldwasser
Performed by 'Sister' Carol East (as Sister Carol)
Courtesy of Easy Star Records
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Kit was Great
16 March 2006 | by tumbersonpsSee all my reviews

I thought this movie was fun. I'm a big fan of Terry Bradshaw and I thought he and Kathy Bates made a "real couple". His "nude room" scene was a scream - I would have never expected that. I also enjoyed the scene Kathy Bates expresses her fears about her marriage to her son and the reasons - a little touch of real life. But my favorite character has to be Kit (Zooey Deschanel). Every comedy movie needs a straight (man/woman) I loved her, she was great. In my opinion the depth of the secondary characters was the strength of this movie. I didn't particularly care for the ending. I look forward to seeing more of Zooey Deschanel - great job!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Failure to Launch See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,411,322, 12 March 2006

Gross USA:

$88,715,192

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,224,158
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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