‘Failure to Launch’ fails to surprise

By Laura Van De Pette
March 30, 2006


If you are looking for predictable romance, look no further than the aptly titled, “Failure to Launch,” playing in theaters now.

Matthew McConaughey returns to his favorite movie genre, and in this film, he plays Tripp, a 35-year-old yacht salesman, outdoor-adventurer and typical playboy who has avoided responsibility his whole life and thus still lives with his frustrated parents. They will do anything to see him settle down with a girl and move out, so his parents hire a professional, Paula, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, to seduce their son just enough to move out of the house. But as expected, the predictable story unfolds with Paula falling in love with Tripp and him feeling betrayed when he finds out his parents hired her. But of course, “Failure to Launch” stays true to its romantic-comedy, oh-so-predictable roots and the two stumble to a happy ending.

William Arnold of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer said, “Somehow the screwball concoction does not jell. The stars are pleasant but unexciting, the goofy ensemble has a few moments of hilarity but never catches fire, the laughs are very scattered and the film’s title is a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

“Failure to Launch” was pretty much just that. The movie’s characters were not exciting or surprising, and the laughs were so few and far between that this film should simply be called a romantic failure.

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