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(2006), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] (1hr 29min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 12, 2006
35 out of 100

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2005), PG-13 ["Hard" R-13*] -- Bradshaw is seen fully nude from the side and rear for a number of shots.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions
Distribution (US): Paramount Pictures
Director(s): Tom Dey
Producer(s): Scott Aversano, Ronald M. Bozman, Scott Rudin
Written by: Tom J. Astle, Matt Ember
Cinematography/Camera: Claudio Miranda
Music: Rolfe Kent
Film Editing: Steven Rosenblum
Casting: Douglas Aibel
Production Design: Jeremy Conway
Art Direction: Kevin Constant
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

Again I feel it necessary to apologize for the lateness of this report. Now that it is more than a week late it is like commentary on a book you've already read. Though this report is still useful to they who wait until a film is released on video and is still useful to our on-going "R-13" exposé , it is now about as useful as a screen door on a submarine to they who use our reports to help them make a decision whether to see a film at the theaters. I'm sure this will happen again ... and again ... until we can find adequate funding to enable me to devote 60 - 80 hours per week to this ministry.

Tripp (Matthew McConaughey), a thirty-five year old boat selling son of Al (Terry Bradshaw) and Sue (Kathy Bates), won't move out of their house. Tripp has failed to launch. "Failed to launch", according to the film, means Tripp has never untied the apron strings. He loves it at home and still sleeps on the sheets he had as a child. In fact, he uses living with mummy and daddy as a tool to break up with girls who start to get serious about him. If a girl starts to get serious, he simply brings the girl home to meet mom and dad then springs the fact that he still lives with them to scare the girl away.

Al and Sue are getting fed up with Tripp still living at home. So they hire "Interventionist" Paula (Sarah Jessica Parker) to draw Tripp out of the house. Paula is to get Tripp to fall in love with her so he will want to leave the nest. Paula's "no sex with a client" policy doesn't last long.

In a subplot, Paula has a roommate named Kit (Zooey Deschanel) who, though a less-than-pleasant young lady, is the romantic target of Tripp's friend, Ace (Justin Bartha). But Kit wants nothing to do with Ace. Once Ace discovers Paula's manipulation of Tripp, Paula arranges a date for Ace with Kit. From that setup, a number of togetherness encounters develop, including immoral sex and mouth-to-beak resuscitation of a mockingbird that keeps Kit awake all hours of the night. Ace is successful at shooting the bird with pump BB rifle but once the pair realize what they had done, the regret forces the pair to try to revive the bird.

While this description of the story might make it seem like a fun trek into double romances, this trek has pits ... with morality skewing poles at the bottom of them. Just like the jungle warfare guerrillas use, figuratively speaking.

Above I mentioned Paula's "no sex with a client" policy. Her policy, in a cinematographic sense, should be a signal that such behavior is precisely what to expect. If sexually immoral behaviors by Parker et al is what you expect, your expectations will be met in Failure to Launch. Repeatedly. All for the viewing pleasure of your 13 year old children (if you let them).

One of Al's first attempts in the show to oust Tripp is to burst in on Tripp and a girl involved in intercourse in Tripp's bedroom. That is not Bradshaw's only participation in indiscretion in the film. Bradshaw is seen fully nude from the side and rear for a number of shots. [**]

And there are numerous instances of drinking alcoholic beverages in this film targeted at the middle school age stratum if only by its MPAA rating ... the very age of the subject of a study by the American College of Physicians, echoed by the University of Connecticut. See the links in the text of the Scriptural reference to Ephesians 5:18 below.

Profanity? Gobs of it. Many uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary. Plus one use of the most foul of the foul words. [2 Tim. 2:16 - 17] And many uses of God's name in vain, both with and without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 15:11]

Lies, sexual aggression, frenzied making out and a father encouraging his son's sexually immoral behaviors help reveal the true of the content of this sex flick for the middle school crowd. Revelation 21:8 neatly addresses both the issues of lying and sexual immorality, neatly but not something one would want to see in the mirror. It didn't look good when I used to see it in my mirror.

But there is more. Lots more. Please look to the listing in the Findings/Scoring section for the most complete representation of potential parental concerns available on the Internet.


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  • **"Nakedness" (display of nudity) is spoken of as dark, restricted, undesirable, shameful, etc. 47 times in the KJV from Genesis to Revelation. God even advised the priests not to climb the steps to the altar lest the wind expose their nudity to the people below in Exodus 20:26 " Neither shalt thou go up by steps unto mine altar, that thy nakedness be not discovered thereon."
  • Eph. 5:18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. ["Wine" can be any intoxicating substance including illegal drugs or abuse of prescription drugs. This issue is do not get intoxicated. Though it is not a sin to drink, it is a sin to get drunk OR to influence to get drunk or to drink in defiance such as underage drinking. A study by the American College of Physicians (ACP) has found an undeniable link between the presentation of alcoholic beverages and tobacco in and as entertainment and abuse of them and arrogance/defiance with them by adolescents. And teaching/causing youth to abuse alcohol/tobacco (or drugs) by emboldening youth with them in and as entertainment invokes Luke 17:2. If alcoholic beverages in entertainment were not a problem for our young, why is there and why has there been such a push to get and keep booze commercials off prime time broadcast TV? Even the University of Connecticut corroborates the ACP finding.]
  • 2 Tim. 2:16 - 17 But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker...
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. [The "whoremonger" (the sexually immoral) may be summed up as the one who chooses to freely participate in any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside of a monogamous heterosexual marriage.]

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. I suspect "offend" includes sexually abusing the little ones. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    Failure to Launch (2006) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • slapstick violence, twice

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 19 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary, twice by a youth
  • one use of the most foul of the foul words
  • lies, repeatedly
  • nurturing lies

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • invitation to sex
  • intercourse under sheets
  • adult in underwear
  • adult in towel only
  • sensual tattoo
  • body pressing to imitate intercourse
  • flash nudity
  • anatomical reference
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts
  • use of sensuality to manipulate others throughout
  • excessive cleavage, twice
  • sexual aggression leading to intercourse (unseen)
  • sex talk, repeatedly
  • talk about experience with intercourse, repeatedly
  • child speaking of lesbian teacher in approving way
  • frenzied making out, thrice
  • father encouraging son's immoral sexual behavior
  • full side and rear nudity - male, repeatedly
  • fetish with being nude
  • man and woman in bed together

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • 12 uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and three times with it

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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