Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy bates, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Terry Bradshaw
Director: Tom Dey
Audio:  5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video:  2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Format
Studio:  Paramount
Features:  Too many to list here, please see below!
Length:  96 Minutes
Release Date:  June 27, 2006

Film ***

I sat down gently on my leather sofa and pressed the play button on my DVD player hoping that this movie didn’t disappoint me.  My first thoughts were that Failure To Launch, starring Mathew McConaughey (Sahara, How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days) and (Sex In The City) Sarah Jessica Parker, was going to be just plain silly!

I tend to approach movies from that perspective, though.  I put in a DVD all the while thinking how bad it is probably going to be and how much I’m going to dislike it! That way it is harder for me to be disappointed in something and give it a bad rating!

I am extremely happy to say that Failure To Launch has launched itself onto my must see list of movies!

Tripp is 35 years old and has a really good job.  Unfortunately, he can’t quite cut the apron strings, so he still lives at home, where his momma does the laundry, cooks, and cleans up after him!  Who wouldn’t love that!

In a desperate bid to finally have the house all to their self, Tripp’s parents hire Paula to give their son that extra nudge he needs to get out the door!

Paula’s job is simple.  Meet her client, get him to fall for her, and meet his friends.  Once Paula has his friends approval she moves the relationship along convincing the guy to get a place of his own.  Once he does, she leaves him but not before building up his self confidence so that he doesn’t go crying back to mommy and daddy’s house once she’s gone!

Unfortunately, Paula meets her match in Tripp…literally, and at that point it’s anyone’s guess who’s moving out, who’s moving in, and who’s moving on!

I really enjoyed this film.  The acting was great, the story was good, and it was very funny! 

I think Paula’s roommate Kit stole the whole film with her obsession over the loud beaked Mocking Bird outside her window.  It was a total Kramer (Seinfeld) moment when Kit goes to buy a gun and the shopkeeper doesn’t want to sell it to her!

McConaughey and Parker work well together in my humble opinion!   I think Matthew is versatile enough to work with just about anyone in Hollywood.  While Parker always manages to enhance everything she touches.

The supporting cast was very nicely put together for this film.  Bradley Cooper is one of the sexiest guys out there right now.  He definitely deserves his own starring role in something very soon!  Kathy Bates is always a class act.  She was definitely underused in this film, but funny and fun nonetheless.  Football man Terry Bradshaw hams it up as Tripp’s father!  The naked room at the end of the movie (watch the movie you’ll understand) is hilarious! 

This film is rated PG-13, but it’s still pretty family friendly.  I don’t think there’s anything on there that will stunt your children mentally! 

Also, if you have an older son, or daughter still living at home (you should be an ELP “Equal Launching Parent” for the girls too) and you want to give them a subtle hint that Mom & Dad’s B&B is closing soon, pick up a copy of Failure To Launch on DVD and leave it lying on their bed! He, he, he!

Video ***

This DVD was presented in an easy on the eyes 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen format.  Color levels were a bit soft in outdoor settings, but were otherwise vivid and crisp.  No visible artifacting could be found, and nor was the transfer dirty in any visible way!

Audio ***

The audio on this DVD was presented in a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound Format!  

The audio levels were relatively constant, although there were a few times during the extra features where I had to play with the audio a little (raising/lowering it).  On the whole, this DVD’s audio was standard for movies of this type.  Nice, blend and mix with little to no audible problems!

Features ***

The extra features on this DVD didn’t fail to please!


Casting Off. The Making Of Failure To Launch

The Failure To Launch Phenomenon

Dating In The New Millennium

Moviefone.com Unscripted with Matthew McConaughey and Terry Bradshaw

Also, included for your viewing pleasure: the Failure To Launch Contest.  After combing through many qualified entries, the list was narrowed to three.  Watch as these three people vie for an apartment and six months worth of free rent to help them launch their own lives!

A theatrical trailer for the film, as well as additional language options help round out the extras on this disc!


Despite being predictable, this film is pretty funny movie.  The acting was good, and the extras were nice.  Don’t be a failure…launch yourself off the couch and grab this film on DVD today!

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