“Failure to Launch” opens with tan, handsome bachelor
Tripp having dinner with a beautiful, blonde woman who wants to know where
their relationship is going.
After dinner, they arrive at his picturesque two-story
suburban home to cap off the night, but they are interrupted by his dad barging
into his room. “You live with your parents!” she exclaims. He slyly remarks,
“Is that a problem?”
Tripp, played by Matthew McConaughey
(Sahara, The Wedding Planner), is a 35-year-old
free-loader and successful boat broker, who lives at home.
His mom cleans his room, fluffs and folds his clothes
daily and cooks him three hot meals a day.
Tripp utilizes his current residence to rid himself of
women looking for commitment.
Kathy Bates (Waterboy, Fried
Green Tomatoes) plays his mother, Sue, and Tech’s own Terry Bradshaw (FOX NFL
Sunday) plays his father, Al.
Tripp’s parents have a problem; they think it is past
time for Tripp’s ship to launch from their harbor.
So they take action and hire a professional for the job.
Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex in the City, The Family Stone)
plays Paula, a professional motivation interventionist, whose job is to
motivate men to leave home.
Paula uses several carefully planned and tested steps in
her line of work.
Her secret to success is having a “memorable meeting” and
subsequently pretending to like what he likes.
Paula gives him the opportunity to comfort her and teach
her something, earn the support of his friends and she assures Tripp’s parents
he will be ready for a delayed but successful launch.
Paula thinks Tripp is just like all her other clients,
until she starts to fall for him.
Chaos ensues as he tries to dump her by bringing her to
his house, and with his friends he encounters strange, comically-animated
animal attacks as he comes to terms with what is going on in his life and
debating the ultimate decision to launch himself.
Both Tripp and Paula have secrets revealed about why each
of them are at this place in their lives.
Director Tom Dey (Shanghai
Noon, Showtime) leads the audience in all the secret crevices of Paula’s
strategic plans and to the heart of Tripp’s home stay phobias.
‘Launch’ offers plenty of laughs whether it is between
Tripp and Paula’s dating process, Paula’s quirky behavior or Tripp’s dad’s
The entire movie reads along the lines of ‘How to Lose a
Guy in 10 Days’ but it is set apart by the mixture of a well-rounded cast and
nicely positioned (though sometimes cheesy) comical remarks which makes the
movie a must-see whether it is one time or a dozen.
— By Morgan Tarpley,