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Failure to Launch September 15, 2006

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.

This movie is about a guy in his thirties, who is unwilling to leave his parents house and has a problem with commitment. A professional is hired to drive him away from there. If it is amusing in one sense to Americans, it is amusing in a totally opposite way to Indians. Matthew McConnaughey (Sahara, How to Lose a Guy in 10 days) might have the girls swooning and that is the primary reason for his presence. Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) is fine. The most interesting performance in this one is by Zooey Deschanel (Elf, Almost Famous).

This movie feels like an alternate version of Hitch with a different premise and the genders interchanged (and an average screenplay). There is neither the charisma of Will Smith nor the comedic talent of Kevin James here to make this one as funny or likable. As the climax suggests, there is no intention to be serious or realistic here. It is aimed at a certain audience and as the Box Office results suggest, it worked. There isn’t much here that will enthuse critics or those looking for intelligent cinema/comedy. That said, it is a light romantic comedy that lacks the romance but provides some laughs and can be watched (and forgotten), especially by the female members of the audience (who will enjoy this more often than not).



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