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Failure to Launch (2006)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 10 March 2006 (USA)
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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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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Rated PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and language | See all certifications »

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10 March 2006 (USA)  »

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Soltero en casa  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,411,322, 12 March 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$88,715,192, 22 June 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$128,406,887
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Trivia

The minor league baseball game, to which Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) takes Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker), is a home game of the New Orleans Zephyrs. See more »

Goofs

When Tripp is showing Paula how to shoot the paintball marker, he is clearly rolling the trigger with the marker not shooting, apparently not on, but in the next shot when Paula gets the marker, she shoots Ace in the foot. Since the marker is electric, you have to cut it on to shoot it. You couldn't see either one of them cutting the marker on. Without cutting it on, Paula shooting the marker would actually be impossible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Melissa: I just feel really close to you.
Tripp: You ARE really close to me.
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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #19.15 (2010) See more »

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Performed by John O'Hara
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Appropriately named
12 March 2006 | by 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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