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Failure To Launch

Failure To Launch is the 2006 movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew McConaughey. Tripp (McConaughey) needs a little push in life, and Paula (Parker) is the woman for the job. Literally. But no-one thought that Tripp would push back in this romantic comedy.

The Plot

Tripp does not want to move out from his parent’s house. And why would he want to? His mum (Kathy Bates) takes great care of him, does his laundry, cleans his room, while he gets to have fun. But at 35 years old, he needs to leave the nest and his parents are getting desperate. Enter Paula, a woman who is determined to give him that push. That’s her job. Paula helps men who are stuck in their parent’s house and give them the confidence to strike out on their own. But things go a bit pear-shaped as Tripp is not like Paula’s normal clients. And when Tripp discovers what everyone has been up to, he pushes back!

Thoughts on the story

We don’t often see a movie that highlights an issue like this. I had never even thought about people living with their parents until I watched this. As adults, we should keep moving forward. But sometimes we can’t or it looks like we aren’t. Tripp might not want to move forward with his life, but his friends have. While one friend lives at home because he travels a lot, the other lives at home because he owns his mum’s house. What appears to be grown men staying still, those two actually have a plan. Tripp, on the other hand, has no plan. His past pain is preventing him from moving forward which is really sad. Pain can stop us from moving on but we have to, otherwise it’s not really living.


Failure To Launch was a really sweet movie about becoming an adult and facing responsibilities. Although Tripp is having fun with his life, he’s not actually living properly. I’m not saying that everyone has to make plans to go and get married, have a few kids and settle down. But everyone should have some sort of a plan for their life. It doesn’t matter if it is spending a year travelling, going back to college, or finding that little slice of the property market. Just have a plan and never be afraid to keep moving forward, no matter what the past has thrown at you.

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