Ticket to Paradise
This is the reason movies were made. Fun and joy make for a great entertainment.
George Clooney and Julia Roberts had a great time basically playing themselves. In many ways they reminded me of the classic Hollywood films starring Spencer Tracey and Katherine Hepburn. Think of Adam’s Rib (1949) and State of the Union (1948) and you’ll know what I mean.
Here they play a divorced couple who hate each other. Forced to travel to Bali, Indonesia to upend their daughter’s proposed marriage to a seaweed farmer, neither has the emotional power to suppress their mutual contempt.
In the process you listen to a nasty dialogue where both Clooney and Roberts are at the top of their game. They tolerate their ugly reunification to try and have their daughter (Lillie Lourd), a recent college graduate, dump her caring fiancée (Maxime Bouttier) and return to the states.
The film has many twists and turns that defines entertainment. Romey Poulier gives a memorable performance as Ms. Lourd’s caring, college friend. In addition, watch for the turmoil that unfolds when Ms. Roberts’ lover, played by Rowan Chapman, arrives and proposes.
As noted, Clooney and Roberts interaction will leave you grinning throughout the film. Also, the cinematography is spectacular. Filmed in Queensland, Australia near the Great Barrier Reef, you quickly want our stars to just leave and let their daughter marry a great guy and live in a spectacular part of the world reflected by the film’s title.
But do Clooney and Roberts find a way to embrace an old passion you may ask? Another reason to see the film.