Directed by Tom Dey, starring Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Bates, Terry Bradshaw, Justin Bartha, Bradley Cooper, Zooey Deschanel and Tyrell Jackson Williams.
If you're a fan of the romantic comedy genre then 'Failure to Launch' could well put you off such movies for life. Bursting with missed opportunities, half-hearted quips and a plotline that, quite frankly, borrows something from every other rom-com you've ever seen, this couldn't have been more aptly titled. It never takes off, rolling from one lame gag to the next.
Even the corniest of flicks usually manages to squeeze in the odd moment of genius here or there. Maybe a few side-splitting gags between predictable script lines or a twist that you don't see coming. Few play it as safe and mundane as this effort. Watch the trailer, it'll tell you all you need to know and save you a few quid into the bargain.
Tripp (McConaughey) is a 35-year-old Mammy's boy, as we'd put it. Still living at home with his very frustrated parents Sue (Bates) and Al (Bradshaw), he is in no hurry whatsoever to fly the nest. So, out of desperation, his parents decide a little push might be necessary.
Enter Paula (Parker). Beautiful, smart and very attentive, she seems like the ideal woman for Tripp, who is quite taken with her from the outset. But things are never as they seem and the pay packet she is receiving from his parents may be colouring her feelings for him (Or is it?! Ooops! have I given too much away?).
To spice things up, add Tripp's equally hapless friends Demo (Cooper) and Ace (Bartha) - both still living with their parents and also unlucky in love. And to balance things out on the female side of the divide, there's Paula's loopy housemate, Kit (Deschanel), whose mockingbird phobia gets out of control on more than one occasion, making for some of the funniest scenes of an otherwise dull movie.
McConaughey and Parker are guilty of hamming it up a little too much at times, playing vulnerable and sweet respectively with slightly too much enthusiasm. In their supporting roles, Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw are well cast as Tripp's burdened parents, longing for escape from childrearing some 30-odd years later.
Put simply, this is a pure cheese-fest, complete with over-acting, corny dialogue and a sickeningly unrealistic happy-ever-after, not to mention lashings of daft animal humour. But if that doesn't put you off then by all means part with your cash.