"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.