By J Rodgers | Image property of Paramount Pictures.
Failure to Launch DVD
What is every parent’s nightmare – a 35 year old son who won’t leave home? That’s Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) in Failure to Launch -- now on DVD.
Failue to Launch on DVD
Tripp is a handsome, successful boat broker, but just won’t take that last step to move from his parent’s home. His parents (adorably played by Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw) just want the kid to move out. Mom feels that she has done his laundry and cooked for him long enough. Dad (Bradshaw in his first acting role) is equally ready for Tripp to leave the nest because he wants a “naked room” for himself. (Although I would like to see Bradshaw try more acting roles, I don’t EVER want to see his naked ass again!) Bates and Bradshaw play off each other beautifully. You almost believe them to be a real couple.
Tripp’s way to get rid of a girl when she is getting too serious is to bring her home to Mom and Dad’s for a “sleep over”. Nice parents letting their son have girls spend the night – no wonder he doesn’t want to leave home. Having had enough, his parents hire Paula (a psychologist played by Sarah Jessica Parker) to lure him out of their house.
Parts of the film must have felt very déjà vu for McConaughey a la How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days; everyone knew what was going on but him. As expected when he is ready to dump her he brings her to spend the night, but she is not turned off like all the other girls that he lives with his parents. But of course she already knows he lives with his parents. Instead of her running off like the string of girls before her she makes friends with his parents. Tripp doesn’t understand why he can’t shake her. Why is this girl different?
There are some fun scenes with Tripp’s lifetime buddies (Bradley Cooper and Justin Bartha). They are also still home with their parents and think it’s the only way to live. Although opinions change during the course of the
The marina and sailing scenes are beautifully shot with a little slap stick thrown in. All in all a cute movie – more of a chick flick, but could also be a fun date movie – but with this kind of movie comes the predictable ending. McConaughey is charismatic as usual. Parker although not believable as a psychologist, holds her own with McConaughey.
A fun summer rental (you can make your own judgment on the “blonde bomber” naked).
The DVD comes with your standard romance comedy extras including a slew of featurettes -- “Casting Off: The Making of Failure to Launch”, “The Failure to Launch Phenomenon”, and “Dating in the New Millennium” -- production interviews and theatrical trailer.