Ticket to Paradise — Movie Review

by KJ Proulx

Julia Roberts and George Clooney in ‘Ticket to Paradise [Credit: Universal Studios]

The romantic comedy genre has been one I’ve always enjoyed, but very few seem to be hitting theatres in the last few years. Hundreds of low-budget rom-coms hit all of the streaming services each year and I’m always unsure which ones to check out. For these reasons alone, I was excited to see another mainstream rom-com, I just hoped it was worth watching. Thankfully, I had a good time watching Ticket to Paradise, even though it’s a bit of a mess and a bit farfetched. If you’re a fan of this genre, you’ll probably get a few laughs and a few smiles with this one, I just wish the story was more believable.

David (George Clooney) and Georgia (Julia Roberts), a divorced couple who want nothing to do with each other, travel to Bali where their daughter is about to get married to a guy she just met on her vacation. Their plan is to prevent this from happening, as you just don’t marry someone you just met, but things don’t all go as planned. Morphing into a very heartfelt and cheesy throwback romance flick, I found myself smiling throughout the entire film and Clooney and Roberts are terrific together. On top of their fun performances, Kaitlyn Dever as their daughter Lily was great as well. She always delivers great performances, so the acting in this film was solid all around.

What kept me from loving this film was the fact that it breaks the concept of believability. Without ruining anything, this film goes in a direction I wasn’t expecting it to, but it wasn’t a good or surprising one. It felt as though the writers figured this would be a nice and sweet story, which it definitely is, as a movie, but the way this film plays out would likely never happen in reality. Again, I smiled, laughed, and had a good time with this movie, but I figured something specific would and should happen, but it never does. I found myself scratching my head by the end, even though it made me smile from start to finish.

Overall, Ticket to Paradise feels like a film that would’ve come out about 20 years ago and that’s precisely why I had a good time with it. Much like my thoughts on last year's Marry Me, it’s the believability aspect for me that really brings the film down. It’s supposed to be a film set in reality, so when the plot itself becomes unbelievable, it breaks the illusion. I realize I’ve gone on too long on believability throughout this review, but that’s really because that aspect is one of the only reasons I didn’t love it, and it’s not just a small thing. I’d recommend it for anyone that needs a good laugh, a good smile, or a heartfelt journey to experience but don’t expect it to feel real at all. This is a fantasy world, plain and simple.

Rating: 3/5

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