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Failure to Launch (Special Collector's Edition) [HD DVD] (2006)

Matthew McConaughey , Sarah Jessica Parker , Tom Dey  |  PG-13 |  HD DVD
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  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Bates, Terry Bradshaw, Zooey Deschanel
  • Directors: Tom Dey
  • Writers: Matt Ember, Tom J. Astle
  • Producers: Karen Dexter, Ronald M. Bozman, Scott Aversano, Scott Rudin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000K7UG3Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #240,711 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Failure to Launch (Special Collector's Edition) [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), English (SDH+), Spanish (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1)
  • 1080p High Definition
  • HD DVD 30
  • Casting Off: The Making of Failure to Launch
  • The Failure to Launch Phenomenon
  • Dating in the New Millennium
  • Unscripted with Matthew and Terry
  • The Failure To Launch Contest

Editorial Reviews

The plot of Failure to Launch is utterly implausible, yet the movie is thoroughly fun. Tripp (laid-back Matthew McConaughey, Sahara, Dazed and Confused) is a 35-year-old man who still lives with his parents (Kathy Bates, Misery, and ex-quarterback Terry Bradshaw)--and they aren't happy about it. Eager to get him out of the nest, they hire Paula (Sex and the City's Sarah Jessica Parker), a professional motivator who feigns relationships with boy-men so that their improved self-esteem will lead them to leave the nest. But Tripp's not the usual insecure shut-in Paula's used to, and as sparks fly, Paula finds herself losing her professional distance. This sort of set-up drove classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and 40s; once you embrace the absurdity, the movie zips along with a surprising balance of humor and bittersweet shadings. Failure to Launch gets a huge boost from the supporting performance of Zooey Deschanel (Elf) as Paula's housemate Kit--part sourpuss, part tomboy, and entirely sexy and winning. McConaughey and Parker have enjoyable chemistry and carry the movie well, but Deschanel is an oddball romantic-heroine-in-waiting. Also featuring Bradley Cooper (Alias) and Justin Bartha (National Treasure). --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

Paramount Failure to Launch - HD-DVD
Matthew McConaughey is Tripp, a 35-year-old who still lives with his parents. And who can blame him? It's free, he's gota great room, and mom (Kathy Bates) does the laundry. Desperate to get him out of the house, his parents hire a gorgeous woman, Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker), to give him a little...push. They just didn't expect Tripp would push back! Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Terry Bradshaw and Alias' BradleyCooper co-star in this romantic battle of wills that proves there's no place like home.

Customer Reviews

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "When the animals attack!" July 4, 2006
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Totally formulaic and with such an outrageous premise that it's almost impossible to take seriously, Failure to Launch is mostly saved by the charisma of its all star cast, particularly the attractive supporting players who garner most of the film's few laughs. It's a movie that constantly hovers around sit-com territory, even though somewhere in the depths of its mediocrity it presents a very real and disturbing issue - the phenomenon of thirty something males, or "boy men" who still like to live at home with their parents

Mathew McConaughey is Trip, a commitment-phobic 35-year-old whose "failure to launch" means he's still living with his parents in their tidy suburban home, enjoying Mom's egg and pancake breakfasts whilst she contentedly does his washing and tidies his room. Trip is a charming all round nice guy, who sells luxury yachts for a living, but he's also spoilt and somewhat sheltered and he can't keep a girlfriend because they freak out every time he brings them home to meet the parents.

Apparently there exists a profession for women whose job it is to inveigle and seduce these adolescent male adults from the nest - yes it's really true! Sarah Jessica Parker plays Paula, one such "consultant," who fell into the profession a few years earlier when she failed to disentangle herself from a beau from his mom and dad's house. Paula's been hired by Trip's parents - a capricious Kathy Bates and a laidback Terry Bradshaw - to seduce Trip on the assumption his newborn passion will motivate him to grow up and leave home.

No surprises here - it's boy meets girl and accidentally fall in love, boy and girl have a misunderstanding and then eventually come together again.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Failure to like June 28, 2006
I think most people will agree that what makes a romantic comedy work is chemistry. And if there's zero chemistry between the romantic leads, then be sure to have People's Sexiest Man Alive 2005 shirtless in the first scene of the movie.

The producers got one of the above right.

"Failure to Launch" is a simple tale about Tripp's (Matthew McConaghey) parents hiring a motivator, Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) to get him to move out of their house. The Swiss cheese plot doesn't make much sense and the actors don't help matters.

As much as I like SJP from her "Sex and the City" days, I found her to be flat and uninteresting and frankly, too old-looking for Matthew McConaghey.

The talents of Kathy Bates (Tripp's mother) are completely wasted. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention Terry Bradshaw's (Tripp's father) rather befuddling nude scene as he was, ahem, cleaning out a fish tank. My eyes!

Zooey Deschanel as Paula's roommate Kit is the comic relief of this dim, jumbled movie. In one rather strange scene, she and her new boyfriend deliver CPR to a mockingbird. Not even her moody comments and antics could save this story though.

I love romantic comedies. And I genuinely like most of the past work of both SJP and Matthew McConaghey. But don't waste your time with this film. It's only worth watching if you're trapped on a long flight and have already read Sky Magazine cover to cover.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Failure to Launch March 15, 2006
Trip (McConaughey) is a 35 year old that still lives with Mom (Bates) and Dad (Bradshaw). They do everything for him, and they are his ticket out of serious relationships. One day, Mom and Dad hire Paula (Parker), an "interventionist" who specializes in getting kids out of their parents homes. Her plan: get Trip to fall in love with her which will make him want to break away from his parents. Of course, things do not go smoothly and Paula finds herself falling in love. When Trip's friends find out what she does for a living, things get even worse for Paula.

"Failure to Launch" is a so-so movie. Fans of the romantic comedy will probably like the film, but there is nothing special about it. There is little chemistry between McConaughey and Parker, and the side stories are a bit too silly. The film has an uneven feel to it, almost as if the B-story was added just to pad the running time. There are some genuine laughs, but they are too few and far bewteen. This is for fans of romantic comedies only.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining - watch for the cute creatures December 9, 2006
A light and watchable romantic comedy as it should be. What's new is the parents' desire for the 35-year old son Tripp(Matthew Maconaughey)to leave home and be independent. And when he does, the parents can enjoy or dread their new found freedom.

What impresses me are the cameo appearances of a squirrel, a mocking bird, a lizard and lastly, the dolphins. The irony that those adorable sweet creatures can give one the shock in a lifetime is hillariously presented here. Zooey Deschanel as Kit is also a delightful and refreshing choice as a cool, slightly eccentric pal. They all make the otherwise formulaic romantic comedy interesting.

A happy ending with Tripp and Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) sailing on a wooden boat is truly to be envied.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shouldn't work...but it does September 9, 2006
Tripp (the latest in a long line of lovable slackers played by Matthew McConaughey) has a great job, fun friends, and an easygoing life. He doesn't even have to worry about the things that should bother him - like the fact that he lives with his parents. (In our society, we can "contextualize" mobsters into family men, drug dealers into businessmen and terrorists into freedom fighters, but there's no getting around the fact that you live with your parents.) Though they love him, Tripp's parent (Terry Bradshaw & Kathy Bates) would like nothing more than to get rid of him, so they hire Paula (Parker) to steal his heart without breaking it and then drag it out of the house. Paula has her rules, but Tripp proves to be more than an open and shut case of "failure to launch", and soon she finds he's become her case as much as he has become hers.

Did you ever watch a movie for the first time and manage to able to guess exactly what a character would say, or what would happen next? "Failure" has a bunch of moments like that - mostly involving Paula's death-Goth roommate Kit (Zooey Descahnel from "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy") or Tripp's fellow man-child friends, or his father's obsession with nudity, or various acts of cruelty against (or perpetrated by) animals. "Failure" has many of those moments, yet it's still an endearing comedy. Never flat-out funny, "Failure" still manages to bring a smile to your face. It's a movie that should fail - but the cast makes a game go of it, keeping things light enough to get things launched by the story's end.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Jessica Parker Works her Wonderful Magic on Matthew McConaughey!
In my opinion "Failure To Launch" was just an okay movie. A lot of Critics have
panned this movie, and to be honest, this film has nothing to write home about. Read more
Published 14 hours ago by Robert Pylant
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good movie
Published 5 days ago by MJC
4.0 out of 5 stars Move out, Freeloader!
This was a funny and pretty good film. Sadly, it aluminates another growing trait in our modern world... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Philip Scholz
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious!
I really enjoyed this movie. Funny to see how some men react when trhey see "the look." I watch this movie when I need a good warm feeling! Read more
Published 18 days ago by Angie
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad script
Good actors with a bad script. Really not worth it unless you are trapped under something heavy and can't reach the remote.
Published 1 month ago by Terronissimo
4.0 out of 5 stars Cute move
I had already seen it. Bought it because my niece has been spending a lot of time here and I thought she's like to see it
Published 1 month ago by bjo
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie!
Had to switch over from VHS because we don't have that kind of player anymore. The movie came fast and is as funny and romantic as ever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Colleen
3.0 out of 5 stars Good movie for parents trying to rid their kids from home!
Movie was pretty funny. Story about three loser "pals" who won't move away from home was a little weak. Read more
Published 1 month ago by T. Los
1.0 out of 5 stars was unable to watch it due to technical difficulties
seen the movie a few times...entertaining and silly. Like the characters and the story, yet another sappy love story, but fun.
Published 1 month ago by sharon
3.0 out of 5 stars I would rather give this a 2 and a half
Not a real "don't like it", but not quite a "it's ok". As always Sarah Jessica Parker was bad....and because she is one of the leads, that's a problem Even Matthew McConaughey... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dianne Price
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