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Ticket to Paradise Movie Review: George Clooney And Julia Roberts In New Starry Theatrical Romcom

George Clooney’s and Julia Roberts’s undimmed charisma brings enough grace notes to their romantic comedy with this Bali-set film.

Ticket to Paradise Movie Review: George Clooney And Julia Roberts In New Starry Theatrical Romcom

Ticket to Paradise is a movie that will perfectly serve as a throwback about a divorced couple sabotaging their daughter’s wedding reminding us why these two phenomenal actors became stars in the first place.

The rom-com is written and directed by Ol Parker and Daniel Pipski, with an easy runtime of 1h,44m. Ticket to Paradise is a co-production between Working Title Films, Smokehouse Pictures, and Red Om Films. 

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Ticket to Paradise Movie Review: George Clooney And Julia Roberts In New Starry Theatrical Romcom

The movie stars  George Clooney as David Cotton, Julia Roberts as Georgia Cotton, Kaitlyn Dever as Lily Cotton, Billie Lourd as Wren Butler, Maxime Bouttier as Gede, and Lucas Bravo as Paul. 


Ticket to Paradise Movie Review: George Clooney And Julia Roberts In New Starry Theatrical Romcom

Georgia Cotton (Roberts), a high-powered gallery owner, and David Cotton (Clooney), a big-project architect, were married for five years, divorced two decades ago, and have lived apart ever since in mutual recrimination. They haven’t been able to avoid each other because they share a daughter, Lily (Kaitlyn Dever), who graduates from law school.

With a job awaiting her, Lily heads to a tropical resort in Bali for a vacation with her best friend. In a moment of panic during an open-sea swim, Lily sets her eyes on Gede (Maxime Bouttier), a young man from the island who works as a seaweed farmer and before we know it, it’s love at first sight. 

Lily and Gede plan to marry quickly and decide to settle down in Bali, and Lily will give up her lawyerly job. When Lily tells her parents of this plan, they fly to Bali to attend the wedding but actually scheme to prevent it from happening. And get Lily back home, to work, and to live the life, she’d otherwise leave behind. 


If you fancy a lightweight and fun romcom, then this movie is definitely for you. Even with a much laid-back and at times predictable plot, there’s beauty in its simplicity. And of course, with a star cast pairing like this one, you know you are in the right hands. 

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Lily with sweetness and smarts and makes you believe she is the product of these two slightly damaged people. Bouttier, meanwhile, fits well as the Balinese local who is the object of Lily’s affection. He and his family portray local customs and attitudes without the movie using them for cheap comedic effect. 

The scenery is beautiful, and time passes by and before you know it, you’re sucked into the story of squabbling adults realizing that maybe, just maybe their daughter has this whole romance thing figured out to a far greater degree than they can ever claim. Ticket to paradise is every bit of a superly charming and frothy romcom that we deserve.

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Harjyot Sandhu is an Entertainment & Arts Intern at Empire Weekly. She was born and raised in Mumbai, and recently graduated with Bachelor's degree in Mass Media & Communications. She is an avid geek when it comes to contemporary media and her core interests lie within the entertainment and fitness industry. Harjyot enjoys the ever-changing pace of the world & human evolution.

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