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Failure to Launch

Tripp (Matthew McConaughey) is a 34-year-old man who refuses to fly the coop, so his parents hire an "interventionist" named Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) to pretend to fall in love with him and coax him out of the nest. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: C-
Violence: B
Sexual Content: D+
Language: D+
Drugs/Alcohol: C-
Run Time: 97
Theater Release: 09 Mar 2006
Video Release: 27 Jun 2006
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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Why Is Failure to Launch Rated PG-13?

Opening with a bedroom scene, this film focuses on the casual, sexual behaviors of several characters, with no apparent consequences for their choices. The script also contains numerous discussions of sexual activities, a lesbian comment and scenes of passionate kissing. Buttock nudity is portrayed in a non-sexual context. Several of the characters often consume alcohol at home, in a restaurant and in public. They sometimes turn to liquor in times of stress and occasionally appear to be under the influence. Tripp and his friends seem to be afraid of commitment and instead spend their time pursuing athletic pastimes. During their games, Tripp is bitten by a chipmunk, dolphin and lizard. He also crashes when riding his mountain bike, falls while rock climbing, and is shot during a paint ball game. Frequent profanities including one use of an extreme sexual expletive are included.

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