For the seventh time, Julia Roberts and George Clooney will co-star as quarrelling divorcees attempting to ruin their daughter’s hurried wedding. The heart and comedy of Ticket to Paradise are sure to please audiences, but there are no real surprises. The formulaic writing reads like it was written by a romantic comedy robot, and it features attractive characters and a stunning backdrop. The movie is like vanilla pudding, in my opinion. After a few nibbles, it loses flavor but still looks and tastes okay. Too easily pronounced, “Ticket to Paradise.” I quickly lost interest due to the absolute absence of actual tension.
When their daughter graduates from law school, David (Clooney) and Georgia (Roberts) Cotton get together in Chicago. The acrimonious ex-couples can only agree on Lily (Kaitlyn Dever). They make an ill-fated attempt at harmony while praising her bright future. With her promiscuous roommate Wren (Billie Lourd), Lily travels to Bali for a party before entering adulthood. The attractive Dede saves a chance stranding at sea (Maxime Bouttier).
A worrying report is delivered to David and Georgia 37 days later. Lily has made the decision to wed Dede, a seaweed farmer, in a conventional Agama Hindu Dharma ceremony. In an effort to stop the careless deed, her parents rush to Bali. They resolve to put their differences behind them and cooperate. Georgia and David act subversively while seeming to support their marriage. A wise Dede, who wants to bring them to his culture, is aware of their strategies. A flame that was never extinguished is rekindled by teamwork. When Georgia’s adoring boyfriend arrives, it puts the former lovers in even more awkward positions.
Ticket to Paradise Does Have a Feel-Good Factor
Certain audiences will be fawning over Ticket to Paradise. You can’t deny the feel-good element. Light content combined with celebrity chemistry flows predictably to the pleasant, sweet finale. Clooney and Roberts have always had a good chemistry. That is used as fuel for the aw-shucks reconciliation in the film. Their constant sniping was only a front for veiled adoration. This is clear from the first minute. Everyone enjoys the “fall in each other’s arms” moment. Add some unexpected flavor to it. The pudding analogy comes from the lack of angst.
Several sources lend comedy to director/co-writer Ol Parker (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). Many people laugh at Clooney and Roberts’ attempts to conform to Indonesian rituals. Lourd steals a couple scenes as Wren looks for her own hot guy. Prior to a significant decrease in screen time, she makes an impression in the first act. Although Wren only plays a modest supporting role, she serves as a refreshing diversion from the monotonous Lily. More of her character would have been beneficial for the movie.
The fall release of Ticket to Paradise is used to its advantage. Who in the cold doesn’t dream of the exotic Bali? I’d rather sip pia coladas while sporting a garish Hawaiian outfit. Even though the majority of the movie was filmed in Australia, the idyllic landscape of clean beaches and lush jungles will undoubtedly increase tourism.
As a well-known product, Ticket to Paradise struggles. Its relaxed attitude made me bored. A missed chance for problems would have been a scenario where David and Wren drink together. For date night, get the vanilla pudding out.
Ticket to Paradise is a production of Working Title Films, Smokehouse Pictures, and Red Om Films. It will have a theatrical release on October 21st from Universal Pictures.