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Failure To Launch

A limp romantic comedy, this cut-and-paste bookend to last year’s "Hitch" finds Sarah Jessica Parker playing Paula a demoralized romantic turned "professional interventionist." Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) is a 35-year-old live-at-home bachelor whose parents (Terry Bradshaw and Kathy Bates) hire Paula to seduce and lure Tripp away from the nest. Screenwriters Tom J. Astle and Matt Ember toss in a dose of screwball animal antics to spice up the otherwise mechanical proceedings. Zooey Deschanel spices up the movie in her well-worn trademark role as post-modern cynical "it" girl. Special features include two making-of featurettes, a contest featurette, an interview with Matthew McConcaughey and Terry Bradshaw, and the theatrical trailer. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital 5.1. (Movie – Two Stars, DVD features – One Star) Rated PG-13, 97 mins. (Paramount)

July 1, 2006 in Romantic Comedy | Permalink