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Born April 14, 1965, native New Englander Tom Dey earned a degree in religion and philosophy from Brown University before jetting off to Paris to study film at the Centre des √Čtudes Critiques. In 1990, he moved to Los Angeles, where he attended the American Film Institute, receiving his master's degree in 1993.

Dey spent the next few years helming commercials for Ridley Scott Associates before transitioning to the big screen with Shanghai Noon (2000), which featured the unlikely pairing of Owen Wilson and Jackie Chan as buddy outlaws. On the heels of that success, Dey made Showtime (2002), another offbeat buddy flick, this one starring Eddie Murphy and Robert De Niro as a pair of Los Angeles gumshoes.

In 2006, Dey directed his biggest movie to date, the screwball comedy Failure to Launch starring Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker.

Tom Dey in Failure to Launch

Failure to Launch

2006 PG-13

In a desperate attempt to push their thirtysomething son Tripp out of the nest, a frustrated mother and father hire a beautiful "relationship consultant" with a patented plan to move him out of the house.

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