FAILURE TO LAUNCH
Review by Queer Beacon
Bad movie. I almost saw this on the big screen...I'm glad I didn't. In Failure to Launch, Sarah Jessica Parker (the reason why I wanted to see this movie) is a professional who helps parents get rid of their grown sons who still live with them. She pretends to date the sons, giving them self-esteem. With self-esteem they are sure to move out.
SJP is hired to have Matthew McConaughey move out of his parents place. The parents are played by Kathy Bates and Terry Bradshaw (we see quite a lot of his bare butt in the movie -- ew). Bradley Cooper (the real reason why I wanted to see this movie) and Justin Bartha play Matthew's best friends -- they both live with their parents as well. Finally, Zooey Deschanel plays SJP's roommate/friend. She rocked here, as she did in Winter Passing (despite her homophobic line there).
We had two bits of content for our gay movie review. In the first one, a group of parents is having a barbecue and one of them mentions that their son still lives with them but he is rarely home because he is a flight attendant and he has a lot of pilot friends who invite him to spend the night. They seem clueless but the other parents all look at each other as if acknowledging that the parents to the flight attendant are in denial over their son's homosexuality. Granted, the "pilots" could have been all female, but seriously, what do you think...?
The other scene was much better. SJP, Matthew, Bradley and Matthew's nephew, played by Tyrell Jackson Williams (pic on the right), are watching a baseball game and at one point the nephew mentions that he has a lesbian teacher. The kid is cool with it. I love it when a kid is involved with acceptance. Matthew says that the nephew is faking his coolness with the issue because he (the little kid) is actually interested in the lesbian teacher. That wasn't so nice, but I'll take it.