Failure to Launch

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Matthew McConaughey (known Chez Otter as Mr. Dimples) is 35 and lives at home with his parents, who hire Sarah Jessica Parker to date him and motivate him to move out. And of course they fall in love, and things get very complicated.

Okay, let me say right here that in our culture here in the US in the early 2000s (and when will we come up with a name for this decade we’re in?) there are just too many incentives for guys not to grow up. I hate Peter Pan (both the book and the all too many film versions) and althought I play Cheapass Games board game Get Out! and am amused by it, I deplore the necessity for it.

So the last thing the male population needs is Mr. Dimples as a handsome successful role model who is perfectly happy never to grow up. Sigh.

Luckily this movie is bad enough that not very many guys will see it…I take comfort in this.

So yes, Mr. Dimples lives at home (and later in the movie you find out that he and his two loser buddies have Good Reasons for all doing this) with his parents, and won’t leave. And of course SJP is hired, and all goes well…then they fall in love and everything goes wrong. And as we all know it’s going to, it all works out in the end.

This is a mediocre movie with a few good moments. Zooey Deschanel steals every scene she’s in, and is a lot of fun to watch. The kid (Mr. Dimples’ ‘nephew’) ditto. There are good scenes between him and his parents (Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw) and between them alone.

But the cutesy animals, that was so not a good idea. Evidently the moviemakers believed that modern audiences could not sit through a two hour romantic comedy without some kind of egregious silliness, so they added some. And made the movie worse than it would have been if they weren’t trying to pander to (I suppose) the boyfriends of the women who would drag them to see a romantic comedy and who would be bored out of their skulls without something stupid to watch.

Not very good, watch it if it’s around and you have nothing better to do like cleaning out the fridge or clipping your nails.

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