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Failure To Launch
Genre: Romantic Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 111 (Aug 2006) Of Widescreen Review®

Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha, Bradley Coooper, Terry Bradshaw & Kathy Bates

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3
DD Sound Rating: 2.5
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 3
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Special Features
If that anti-piracy ad didn't have such an annoying song, it would be a little more tolerable. But it's not tolerable...and its forced upon you as soon as you launch this DVD. Features include a 12-minute Casting Off featurette, a 12-minute Failure To Launch Phenomenon, a seven-minute look at Dating In A New Millennium, a 14-minute Unscripted with actors Matthew McConnaughey and Terry Bradshaw, a six-minute introduction to Paramount/ contest entries (including two young 20-something bachelors living with mom and one infantile 29 year old who needs her own place), the theatrical trailer, and previews.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 34491
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

For sexual content, partial nudity, and language
(Retail Price): $29.99
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 96
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 06/27/06
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Tom Dey
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
At 35, Tripp (McConaughey) knows how to schmooze with the ladies. But when they give him "the eye" of seriousness, he takes them home where he lives...with his parents. His Failure To Launch has caused his parents to hire some help in the form of Paula (Parker) who will act as his girlfriend and get him to move out. Of course, the tried and true story of hired love becomes real love, truths are told no matter the consequence, and betrayals result in crushed feelings that ultimately reveal whether or not the relationship can survive. (Suzanne Hodges)

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced DVD picture exhibits pleasing image quality that is perfectly complementary for the romantic storytelling. Colors are rich and well balanced with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. There is rarely any pixelization that can be considered obtrusive, although some minor smearing is occasional. (Suzanne Hodges)

Typical of movies of this genre, the Dolby