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Failure to Launch (2006)

To leave the nest, some men just need a little push

At 35, Tripp has an interesting job, a hip car, a passion for sailing, and a great house – trouble is, he lives with his parents. They want him out, so they hire Paula, an “interventionist,” who has a formula in these cases: chance encounter, get him to ask her out, involve him in a trauma, meet his friends and get their nod, delay sex, have him teach her something, then launch him. It’s worked up to now, but this gets complicated when Tripp thinks she’s getting too serious and one of his pals is attracted to Paula’s deadpan, semi-alcoholic roommate, who’s plagued by a mockingbird. Too many secrets may scrub the launch, and what if Paula really likes him? Who can intervene then?


Bradley as: Demo
Other cast: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Terry Bradshaw, Zooey Deschanel, Justin Bartha & Kathy Bates
Directed by: Tom Dey
Written by: Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Terry Bradshaw
Produced by: Scott Aversano, Ronald M. Bozman, Karen Dexter & Scott Rudin
Box office: The movie opened #1 in the U.S. with $24,411,322. The total domestic gross was $88,715,192 and the foreign $39,691,695.
Release: March 10, 2006 (U.S.) | March 31, 2006 (U.K.)
Runetime: 97 min | 95 min (cut)
Rated: PG-13 for sexual content, partial nudity and language.

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Character Quotes

Demo: Deception’s a poison. It’s like margarine.

Sue: [to Tripp] And your bathroom needs cleaning, so I left the stuff in the hall. And when you’re done with the rubber gloves, just remember to turn them inside out. Bye.
Demo: Something’s wrong with your mom.

Demo: [to Tripp] You were bitten by a chuckwalla. That shouldn’t have happened. It’s a reptile of peace. I have a theory. This isn’t the first time that nature’s lashed out at you like this. I believe it’s because your life is fundamentally at odds with the natural world.
Tripp: Huh?
Demo: Therefore, nature rejects you.


“We have liftoff! And that’s exactly what we want from a romantic comedy.”
Roger Moore , Orlando Sentinel

“This is a guy comedy being mismarketed as a chick flick, complete with a poster that looks like a page from Lucky magazine.”
Kyle Smith, New York Post


• This is the first movie Bradley co-starred in with Zooey Deschanel, they both starred in “Yes Man” in 2008.

• Scott Rudin will also produce Bradley’s upcoming movie, the still untitled Cameron Crowe project which will start production in the fall of 2013.

Awards & Nominations

Nominated People’s Choice Award 2007 Favorite Movie Comedy
Nominated Teen Choice Award 2006 – Movies – Choice Chick Flick

Production Notes

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