Director: Tom Dey
Writer: Tom J. Astle/Matt Ember 
Producer: Scott Rudin 
Starring: Matthew McConaughey/Sarah Jessica Parker/Zooey Deschanel/Kathy Bates/Justin Bartha/Bradley Cooper 
Year: 2006
Country: US
BBFC Certification: 12
Duration: 97 minutes

We’ve all seen at least one of those predictable, mushy, romantic comedy movies that are cliché, cheesy and ultimately have nothing to offer but a waste of your time. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Failure to Launch a movie title that fits the movie perfectly. So it doesn’t star the queen of romantic comedies herself Renee Zellweger but it does star Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker and their performances both leave you speechless but not in a way you want it to. Failure to Launch is about Tripp, a thirty-something man who still lives with his parents. His parents decide to set him up with his dream girl Paula to try and get him to move out and get on with his life. The standards of romantic comedies have slipped majorly and Failure to Launch proves just that. The story is unbelievably dull and very predictable as well as quite pathetic at times. It’s not the fault of the actors or the actresses (although they don’t help matters either) but it’s the way the story was portrayed and how the ‘comedy’ scenes were executed. The script and the dialogue are both extremely poor with a bad mix of rubbish humour that goes beyond silliness and dramatic scenes that try too hard to become emotional and serious that you don’t care about any of the characters or their problems at all.

Failure to Launch
has many things wrong with it and unfortunately, the list is full of problems with hardly anything positive. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey are both decent actors and have been good in a few movies so you know that they are capable of putting on good performances but in Failure to Launch, they were both just horrible to watch and the chemistry between the two was non-existent. The only positive in this movie was Zooey Deschanel who, unfortunately, didn’t get a lot of screen time. Failure to Launch’s characters were just horrible and you didn’t really care if they got together or not and you didn’t care about their problems. Overall, the movie is nothing but a horrible, unfunny and predictable failure that brings nothing but boredom to the table.

Hollywood, what were you thinking of when you green-lighted this poor excuse of a movie? Everything about this movie is bad and is actually unforgiveable. I would love to see an actual funny romantic comedy like The Ugly Truth, which is something both men and women would love. Failure to Launch is just horrible from start to finish with unfunny scenes, a rubbish story and bad performances. The only good thing about this movie is Zooey Deschanel but the bad thing about that is that she wasn’t the main character. If her character was the main character then maybe the movie might have been saved.

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2 Responses

  1. Andy Goodman

    It seems that if Matthew can’t play Dirk Pitt he falls back on these dreadful rom-com outings. ‘How to lose a guy in 10 days’ is just as poor, but I guess that he’s eye candy for the ladies and that’s who (I assume) it’s being aimed at.
    And don’t even get me started on SJP … the words baseball bat, open pit and remote moorland spring to mind.

  2. David Brook

    My thoughts exactly. Matthew McConaughey (sp?) used to be quite a respectable actor. He was brilliant in indie films like Dazed and Confused and Lone Star back in the 90’s, then it all seemed to go downhill.

    Sarah Jessica Parker is probably one of my most hated actresses. There’s something about her that’s so inherently unlikeable. Your words of wisdom on how to deal with her sound right on the money. 🙂


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