Sunday, August 13, 2006

Failure To Launch

"You look nice, you find out what they like, and you pretend to like it, too. You encourage them to share a sad experience with you. And you ask them to teach you something. "~Paula, explaining how to attract a man, in Failure To Launch.

Now, I get it!

I understand, finally, my 10th grade whirlwind romance, the one with the senior who shouldn't have been attracted to a sophomore. And the first six months of dating the now-Mrs. Film Geek. That short period of time where she seemed content to sit in the sun and watch me play in a 3-On-3 basketball tournament. And why she always sat quietly and let me explain current political events to her, even though she seemed pretty well versed in the goings-on.

It's a ruse. A con. And we men, apparently, rarely see it coming.

In Failure To Launch, Matthew McConaughey stars as Tripp, a 30-something upwardly mobile who still lives with his parents, played hilariously by Terry Bradshaw (yeah, the former Steeler) and Kathy Bates. Tripp's parent's want him to move out, and presume he hasn't yet because he lacks confidence. So, they hire Paula, played by Sarah Jessica Parker, to create a relationship with Tripp and help him develop a bit more maturity, so that he can be pushed from the nest. The problem, of course, is that the characters fall in love with each another, and comedic complications ensue.

Failure To Launch is mostly entertaining, even though it is more than a bit predictable. Sarah Jessica Parker performs well in one of her more mainstream roles, and McConaughey continues to show his talent. There is a running gag with McConaughey being bitten by various animals that is sort of strange and unnecessary, but some of the scenes do provide a few comic moments.

Terry Bradshaw stole the show, for me at least. His character, Al, was funny and Bradshaw's performance was more professional that you might anticipate. And in a film with eye-candy Parker and McConaughey, it is Bradshaw's backside we see in the movie. And we see a lot of it. And I mean a lot...

Not a bad movie at all if you want to sit back, relax and chuckle. Check it out on DVD.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The now Mrs. Film Geek now has no problem looking at Matthew M. and saying to the Film Geek during the flick, "For the love of all that is holy, he truly is the sexiest man alive and I have had bodily contact with him". No more pretendin' here.

The Film Geek said...

Sigh...the good ol' days. I scored 17 points in that 3 On 3 tourney.

Kelly said...

I saw this movie while in Parkersburg. I was SO excited to watch the movie when I saw brief nudity. I'm thinking, oh yeah, Matthew gets naked. Like you've mentioned...it was Terry Bradshaw. Sucks! I liked the movie, wasn't the best by far but entertaining. I did see MM on Oprah (your favorite person) and he, in a round about way, said SJP was a bitch and they didn't get along at all. Who couldn't get along with MM? Crazy bitch!

The Film Geek said...

McConaughey is a liar!

Cara said...

Loved the movie! I also agree with Mrs. Film Geek. I think my friends and I said the phrase "Sweet Jesus, he's hot" about every scene he was in. He was even hot in the muddy bicycle scene! But I'm sure you were just as hot back in the 3-on-3 b-ball days. (Only 17 points??)

The Film Geek said...

I was, I was...

I share the ball, what can I say?

jedi jawa said...

I didn't like that movie all that well even though I tend to like Kathy Bates and MM and thought that they played their roles well. Maybe it hit too close to home with all of the manipulation that goes on in relationships...or maybe it was SJP...or rancid popcorn butter...who knows?

The Film Geek said...

It must have been the popcorn, cause I KNOW it wasn't SJP!

Jana said...

I have finally seen a movie that you wrote about. The funny thing is I ordered it on Pay-Per-View the same day you wrote this. Of course, I love MM and I could watch him in anything and I am also a fan of SJP. I liked the movie, but it may not have been as great without the two of them.

P.S. I had no idea that was Terry Bradshaw. That shows you how much attention I pay to detail. My mind was focused on MM!