Film Review – Ticket to Paradise

Ticket to Paradise (M)

Directed by: Ol Parker

Starring: Julia Roberts, George Clooney, Kaitlyn Dever

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Review by: Julian Wright

Hollywood megastars Julia Roberts and George Clooney remind us that charm and chemistry are a winning combo that can light up a screen in their reunion rom-com Ticket To Paradise.

Bickering divorcees Georgia (Julia Roberts) and David (George Clooney) have managed to mostly avoid each other for several years, until they are seated side-by-side at their daughter Lily’s (Kaitlyn Dever) college graduation ceremony.

Thirty-seven days later, they find themselves on the same flight to Bali where Lily is to marry a seaweed farmer Gede (Maxime Boutier) in a whirlwind but traditional ceremony.

The only thing Georgia and David have in common, other than the constant verbal jabs at each other, is their desire to break up the happy couple and end the wedding plans to encourage Lily to get back on track to her career as a lawyer.

Revisiting the winning rom-com formula of the 1990s, with one of the stars that made the sub-genre the worldwide phenomenon that it is, is a refreshing trip down memory lane and an excuse to bask in the warm glow of Roberts and Clooney.

These two ooze personality and their banter as this feuding ex-couple is deliciously entertaining.

There is even a hint of My Best Friend’s Wedding, as we side with lead characters that are not exactly the purest people.

The script is typically lightweight, and could have had a couple of minutes shaved for a snappier run time, but this is a fun, gentle ride with dreamy scenery and a couple of bright guides.

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