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Still shot from the movie: Failure to Launch.

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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Although Al and Sue are anxious to have Tripp out of the house, what opposing emotions does Sue experience at his leaving? What are her concerns? What relationship challenges might couples face when their last child leaves home and they become empty nesters?

How did Sue’s pampering hamper Tripp’s motivation to leave home? What responsibilities do you think parents should give older children who still live at home?

What effects could Tripp’s sexual behavior have on his future relationship with Paula? What consequences for his actions are not shown?

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