‘Ticket To Paradise’ Review: Julia Roberts, George Clooney’s Sizzling Chemistry Is The Saving Grace Of This Escapist But Cliché Rom-Com
We all love a good romantic comedy film. They’re truly wholesome despite the cliché ending that we all know about. A good light and breezy film with love, romance, drama and chaos is the perfect way to unplug. And Hollywood is serving us a pipping hot new romantic comedy featuring Julia Roberts and George Clooney. Directed by Ol Parker under the banner of Universal Pictures, Ticket To Paradise stars Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd, Maxime Bouttier and Lucas Bravo along with Julia Roberts and George Clooney. The film has premiered on the big screen on Thursday, October 6, 2022. And our love for this adorable pairing of Julia Roberts and George Clooney had us rushing in to get our tickets to Ticket To Paradise and here are my thoughts on this romantic comedy.
The Story Of Ticket To Paradise
This film follows the story of the Cotton family. David Cottone (George Clooney) and Georgia Cotton (Julia Roberts) divorced each other 5 years into their marriage and 20 years later, they still cannot seem to stand each other. The couple just cannot see eye-to-eye especially when it comes to their daughter Lily Cotton (Kaitlyn Dever) but when their daughter decided to marry a seaweed farmer, Gede (Maxime Bouttier), she met during her trip to Bali during her vacation after graduation, the divorced couple teams up to sabotage her wedding. Several chaotic situations ensue after David and Georgia land in Bali for her big day and work together in sync to break their daughter’s wedding and stop her from making the mistake they made 25 years ago. But amid the chaos and hilarious mishaps, David and Georgia come close but there’s one problem – Georgia’s boyfriend Paul who lands in Bali to propose to the love of his life.
Do I really need to talk about George Clooney, Julia Robers and Kaitlyn Dever’s acting skills? The veteran actors have aced their roles as usual and in all honesty, it’s their acting and their sizzling chemistry that has saved this film from bombing. Kaitlyn Dever also slipped right into her role with absolute ease. Maxime Bouttier left us all impressed with his acting. We don’t know about paradise but this film is definitely this Indonesian actor’s ticket to Hollywood.
Verdict: Watch It For Julia, George’s Chemistry!
The only saving grace of this film is Julia Roberts and George Clooney’s pairing. If it wasn’t for their amazing and truly sizzling chemistry and punchlines, there was no saving this rom-com. Now, we all know that rom-coms are meant to be cliché and light and breezy which Ticket To Paradise is, but at the same time, the plot seems to be a tab bit too stretched and not in the right direction. The story does not just focus on David and Georgia Cotton but also on Lily and Gede’s romance which makes it difficult to digest. I mean, let’s be honest, we’re all here for Julia and George. But we did not get enough of them or their romance. The film juggles between two love stories but doesn’t focus enough on David and Georgia. But thanks to their acting skills, George and Julia’s crackling chemistry is rather unmissable in the film.
On the other hand, the whole overindulgent tourism in the ‘BALI’ (FYI, the film is shot in Australia) is a little hard to digest. Moreover, it seems like the makers tried a tad bit too hard to specify that they’re in the “most beautiful place on Earth” Bali. To me, that seems like a desperate attempt to pass off Australia as Bali. I probably wouldn’t have cringed as much had they not tried soo hard. Another thing to note is that the makers epically failed at portraying Indonesian culture and ended up being cliché as ever and upholding all the mainstream and boring stereotypes of the culture. While the film does elicit a few laughs, it’s all thanks to Julia and George for making their jokes land. Even the cringe comedy is excusable thanks to the blazing chemistry that will keep you hooked!
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Now, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, it is extremely cliché and David and Georgia end up together in the end, of course. NGL, Ticket To Paradise is as cliché as it can get and brings nothing new or fresh to the table with the romance or with the comedy but what it does do instead is help you escape into the world of romance with a little bit of digestible comedy and makes you fall in love with scenic ‘Bali’. The dialogues are not very memorable or out-of-the-box but the romance between the lead couple makes up for all the holes in the plot. For those who’re watching it for the sense of escapism, it is quite literally a Ticket To Paradise. The makers may not have understood the Indonesian culture but they did understand the assignment and served us with an ideal escapist romantic comedy to keep us hooked. For all you rom-com lovers, you don’t want to miss Julia Roberts and George Clooney’s adorable pairing.
Psst…do wait to watch the post-credit scenes. It has some truly hilarious BTS bloopers!