Title: Ticket to Paradise
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Ol Parker
Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kaitlyn Dever
Runtime: 1 hr 44 mins
What It Is: David (Clooney) and Georgia (Roberts) are a bitterly divorced couple having to come together for their daughter Lily’s college graduation. This goes about as well as one would expect. Now Lily is off the Bali for a post-graduation trip. It’s here she meets Gede (Maxime Bouttier) and is in love. A wedding is upon us, but David and Georgia are not so sure about that. They would rather their daughter not make the same mistake they did by getting married too young, and they’d sorta like to break that thing up.
What We Think: Kaitlyn Dever once again shows up but unlike the literal last review I did for Rosaline she’s not funny or particularly as charming as normal here. She’s just sort of exist here. Clooney and Roberts are as charming as ever. There banter here is quite the key to the success of the film. Again, as I’ve said about a lot of similar projects this year there’s nothing special here. What is different is just how beautiful the setting is. The island of Bali looks like a straight up paradise.
Our Grade: C, Nothing to write home about, frankly. This is the type of film that you can take your mom with you to see. She’ll enjoy seeing the handsome and charming Mr. Clooney be handsome and charming, the charismatic and lovely Julia Roberts being charismatic and lovely. Outside of that this is one for the older crowd who’ll see themselves in the bickering couple, the same couple who knows that that old familiar feeling is a helluva drug. One that our two main characters may or may not be able to resist the urge to test out one more time.