The parents of a young man (Matthew McConaughey) who still lives at home hire a beautiful woman (Sarah Jessica Parker) to entice him to finally leave the nest.
" If you're in search of a film with any real emotion or believable story, forget it. If you're OK with a flick that has some funny bits and a kooky couple playing second banana -- hey, launch on. "
" The only thing I rooted for in Failure To Launch was for Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker -- the two leads -- to find better movies. "
" Failure to Launch is yet another disposable romantic comedy made with little thought or skill. "
" Like The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Wedding Crashers, Failure to Launch reminds us that Hollywood is set on making romantic-comedy counterparts to the chick flick. "
" Under Tom Dey's direction, a perverse form of symmetry is at work here, and the stereotypes seem like old acquaintances you can enjoy for a couple of hours. "
" Apart from its name (easily the front-runner for worst of the year), Failure to Launch represents a failure in every way: of ideas, of inspiration, of casting. "
" Cursed with an honest title, Failure to Launch waves a white flag in scene after scene, declaring surrender. "
" As listless and phony as Failure to Launch may be, it does have one secret weapon in Zooey Deschanel. "
" We have liftoff! And that's exactly what we want from a romantic comedy. "
" Director Tom Dey throws in so much energetic slapstick that the film feels lively and fresher than it probably should, especially during several scenes involving animal-induced mayhem. "
" This is a showcase for her [Parker's] sensitive intelligence, her watchfulness, and her way of thinking and reacting. The Family Stone did nothing for Parker, but Failure to Launch makes a strong case for life after Sex and the City. "
" This is a guy comedy being mismarketed as a chick flick, complete with a poster that looks like a page from Lucky magazine. "
" It's completely unbelievable. "
" Add to this a confused moral message and it's clear that, as its title inadvertently suggests, this romantic comedy never gets off the ground. "
" The movie's notion of humor is exemplified by Bradshaw's extended nude scene. "
" The comical part -- the part with the assaulting fauna -- is eccentric, knockabout fun, spattered with outlandish setups and amicably offbeat supporting players who reach out and steal the show. "
" How, exactly, did an idea with this much star power and comic potential manage to misfire? "
" Parker does occasionally make us forget that Failure to Launch is so bereft of comic ideas that it ultimately stoops to giving Terry Bradshaw a nude scene to milk a laugh. "
" The plot synopsis sounds less like sitcom than sick-com: A womanizer has the tables turned on him when he falls in love with, essentially, a prostitute whose services are being paid for by parents who don't have the decency to ask him to leave. "
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