Directed by: Tom Dey
McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Terry Bradshaw,
Released by: Paramount Pictures
Short: Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica
Parker lead a blast of a cast in this formulaic
yet frothy comedy.
Fun for Thirtysomethings
this happened to you as often as it’s happened to
us? You’re out on a date, it’s going smashingly
well—holding hands, feeding each other cake—and
before you know it you’re at your date’s house.
In the bedroom. Niiiice! And just as it’s getting
hottest and heaviest, your date’s dad walks in to
that’s never happened to us, but it happens all
the time to Trip (Matthew McConaughey). Trip is 35 and
still lives with his parents (Kathy Bates and football
great Terry Bradshaw), and he uses this technique to get
his dates to run screaming whenever they try to get too
Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker), known in Trip’s parents’
circles as the woman who can wean these man-boys from
their parents’ suckle; she calls this full-nest
syndrome a "failure to launch." Moms and dads
hire her to meet their sons, date them, and give them
the self-esteem to forge out on their own. With her, it’s
a business. No actual love changes hands.
being a formula story, of course you know from the get-go
that things will be different for Paula and Trip: of course
they’ll fall in love, of course there’ll be
complications, and of course they’ll get resolved.
But hey, when the formula works, it works.
of the reason it works is that the supporting cast has
both funny and meaningful things to do. Bates and Bradshaw
make an adorable couple. Justin Bartha and Bradley Cooper,
as Trip’s activity buds (who also live with their
parents, wouldn’t you know it?), combine new-age
derring-do and only-in-Guyland goofball-ness. And we hope
Zooey Deschanel gets lots more work after her deadpan
stint as Paula’s roommate.
meanwhile, is the most natural we’ve seen him in
ages. This role allows him to show off his electric smile,
his eyes (almost as bright), and enough of his torso to
keep his admirers happy. And Parker always seems a natural...
even in this unnatural story.
(Updated 08/30/07 NJ)