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Genre: Comedy/Romance
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Bates, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Barth, Terry Bradshaw, Bradley Cooper
Director: Tom Dey
Rating: PG (Some Sexual Preferences)
Year Made: 2006



- Casting off: The Making of Failure to Launch
- The Failure to Launch Phenomenon
- Dating in the New Millennium
- Moviefone.com Unscripted with Matthew and Terry
- Theatrical Trailer



Languages: English, Thai
Subtitles: English, Korean, Thai, Cantonese, Mandarin
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 1 hr 37 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: HVN Berjaya




Matthew McConaughey is Tripp, a 35 year old who still lives with his parents. And who can blame him? It's free, he's got a great room and mom does the laundry. Desperate to get him out of the house, his parents hire a gorgeous woman, Paula to give him a little push. They just didn't expect Tripp would push back!


This reviewer should be ashamed of himself.

He is comfortably typing this article in the comfort of his room, while Mum does his household chores for him. Yes, it includes things like laundry, cooking and making sure that every corner of his room is spick and span.

Sounds like a life which most of you local readers are leading? Well, this kind of lifestyle is apparently frowned upon in America – especially if you are a 35-year-old eligible bachelor like Matthew McConaughey.

The good-looker (with a hot bod to boast of too!) plays a singleton who still lives with his parents. They employ an attractive woman (played by Sex and the City’s Sarah Jessica Parker) to “fall in love” with him, so that he will move out of the house. A business deal soon evolves into a relationship with real feelings involved.

Typical Hollywood treatment, we hear you say? Truth be told, we knew the ending the moment we read the synopsis of this romantic flick. We knew there will be the obligatory slapstick moments, the drama-mama confrontations, and the happy conclusion that will please viewers of all demographic. And all these are interjected with sweet and saccharine romantic scenes of the two pretty stars exchanging dialogue, as well as eyes for each other.

While McConaughey and Parker are pleasing to the eyes, and give adequately decent performances, it is the supporting cast who cracked us up. Be it Zooey Deschanel’s crappy girly sidekick, Justin Bartha’s goofy but sincere buddy, or Bradley Cooper’s himbo with a heart, their characters definitely add spice to an otherwise bland movie.

Throw in veteran actors Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw and to round up the cast.

If there is this part of you that has long lost interest in watching human actors interact, watch out for some very entertaining performances from animals like a mockingbird, a dolphin and a very cute mountain lizard.

It helps that the picture clocks in a total runtime of 97 minutes. The necessary materials are presented without any redundancy. Everything is straight to the point without being unnecessarily self-indulgent.

Director Tom Dey does the job with his limited filmography, but it is an acceptable one nonetheless. The movie makes for great viewing with your other half, preferably if you are still not married.

Worst case scenario: Just watch it alone like this reviewer at the comfort of his own room; because you know that Mum will always be there around the house for you, should you need anything.


The Code 3 disc does provide a fair amount of extra features to complement the movie. But remember, quantity does not always equate to quality.

Casting Off: The Making of Failure to Launch – This 12-minute segment features interviews from the director, cast and writers of the movie. Like many other making-ofs, everyone says nice things about each other, and of course, the movie.

The Failure to Launch Phenomenon
– This feature tries to convince me that it is alright living with my parents. Of course it is, you self-believing Americans! (no offence intended) The 11-minute segment interviews people across all ages to seek their views regarding grown-up men like this reviewer who still lives with their parents. It pretends to be analytical, but oh well; it did provide some amusement for a while.

Dating in the New Millennium
– Another seemingly in-depth feature that aims to explore how people date each other in today’s high-tech world, and why some of us unfortunate souls are still single. Authors and fashion magazine editors (all female!) are interviewed in this 7-minute segment, and I sense some sense of unfriendly mockery. But then again, maybe I’m just oversensitive.

Moviefone.com Unscripted with Matthew and Terry
– A 13-minute segment where McConaughey and Bradshaw interview each other. These two grown men have great chemistry with each other. It is very funny seeing two grown men talking about having to be nude in movies. Crude to some, disturbing to others, but amusing to us.

The Failure to Launch Contest – There is actually a contest in America where people who still live with their parents can take part in conjunction with this movie. The three finalists are interviewed in this 6-minute feature, and surprise surprise, the eventual winner is a 29-year-old, hold your breaths – woman! There is hope in me yet.

– Included are the movie’s theatrical trailer and J.J. Abrams’ Mission: Impossible III DVD trailer.


The visual and audio transfers are fine, but then again, for a romantic romp-com like this, you don’t really need to ask for that much. Language options include English and Thai Digital Dolby 5.1.



Review by John Li


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. M:I:3

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. American Dreamz

. Bring It On All Or Nothing

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. Spongebob Squarepants Movie

. Four Brothers

. War Of The Worlds

. Munich

. Two for the Money

. King Kong

. American Pie: Band Camp

. Surviving Christmas

. Perfect Man, The

. Madagascar



This review is made possible with the kind support from HVN Berjaya


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