Ticket to Paradise

Ticket to Paradise

A divorced couple teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Stars: Kaitlyn Dever, Maxime Bouttier, Billie Lourd, Lucas Bravo
  • Director: Ol Parker
  • akoaytao1234 - 13 January 2023
    Problematic Tired Romcom
    Clooney and Roberts shows their romcoms chops as a has-been-in-a-relationship couple, who is forced to go see each other for their daughter's destination wedding. When their relationships, and their plan for their daughter collide, things go south BUT in true romcom way things also went north.

    Tired story. Predictable plot. And to be honest, just lazy actions. Its everything tried and done in a romcom without any recourse to bring something more to the table. I also did not like how they film portray the central couple clear racism as because 'they have better plans for their daughter' but steer away from these discussion forthright. They even tried to put it in perspective by saying his has a Whole foods deal, so he is not just a seaweed guy. Not really a great reason to like a person lol, whom you have clear 'biases' of.

    I also felt the use of hapa for an indigenous role from a film that has a fish out of water cultural exchange portion: half-assed and ultimately uncomfortable in hindsight. I wish they contextualized it at least, its not bad but would have been nicer to also touch upon given the clear racial content of the film .

    Overall, problematic and barely saved by the presence of Roberts and Clooney.
  • significantsomewhere - 10 January 2023
    I made it through 5 boring trite minutes of negativity and hate
    Five minutes in and I, a child of the baby boomer divorce boom, couldn't handle the anxiety of two grown adults who are so narcissistic and immature they can't pull themselves together long enough to not do further damage to their kids. The movie starts out with the usual tropes - the main characters are rich and successful, Julia's character is at an auction bidding the cost of a middle class house on a painting and George's character is, of course, playing racquetball and doing architect stuff with a hardhat on. Just a few minutes of constant non-clever insults towards each other who both seem like perfectly nice people except for their obvious immaturity and narcissism and the child being in the middle being traumatized and I was done. If you enjoy a bunch of movie tropes you've seen 100 times and enjoy the general anxiety of being around hatred and constant negativity this movie is probably for you. Otherwise it will be a waste of two hours of your life and leave your with a stomach ache.
  • rjohnson-69416 - 9 January 2023
    Lovely views, not main characters
    It takes a lot to make George and Julia unlikable, but this movie succeeds. The supporting cast are so much more interesting that I found myself hoping for ac sequel so they could bring the island and it's people and culture more into focus.

    The acting is great and the scenery is fantastic, but the script never seems to make its case that the two parents are more than miserable cynics who can only have fun when they're drunk. Granted, that's probably a realistic premise, but it doesn't work for this movie.

    Too much reliance on star power, not enough character development beyond the headliners.
  • den_quixote - 9 January 2023
    Pure dreck
    This movie gets three stars for one reason only and that is because of the absolutely gorgeous photography of an area that, according to the script, is Bali and its environs. If you are looking for a comedy you would do better to go back and listen to some radio transcriptions of the Battling Bickersons. The writing and direction, both credited to someone named Ol Parker, who is also responsible for the Exotic Marigold Hotels, is as bland and uninteresting as might be a 2 hour video of you cousin's wedding in Cancun. Julia Roberts, who once could feign interest in a co-star, or a story, or at least a scene or two is totally unable to do so here, and while it is not politic to comment on anyone's appearance these days, she looks absolutely awful and could not have been photographed from more unflattering angles than in all of her previous movies combined. Clooney fares no better really but at least he still has the Clooney look, if you are partial to it. In a nod to "nepo-babies" Billie Lourde does a turn as the "adventurous" best friend of George and Julia's daughter. They go off together to Bali as a reward for successfully navigating four years of college. Kaitlyn Dever, the daughter, did so well that she gets to be a lawyer as soon as she goes back home. The acting of both is as dull as that of the stars. For some reason I get the impression that Lourde had a few scenes left on the cutting room floor, but who knows. This is a disaster from beginning to end. Apparently, both of the principals were out of work at the same time.
  • abowman-93244 - 8 January 2023
    Mamma meah!
    If you're the person who watched Mamma Mia and thought 'That would have been better if it had been set somewhere looking like the Lesser Sunda Islands and didn't have all those songs', then your boat has come in! For everyone else, avoid.

    Engaging storyline, convincing script, moments of comedy - all Missing In Action. What you will be treated to is an extended TV ad for Bali™, although bafflingly Australia's Gold Coast was revealed in the credits to be a stand-in for the star of the show.

    We know Clooney and Roberts have chemistry, but in this film you have to wait until the outtakes to see it.
  • CanadianBear - 8 January 2023
    Romcom that is neither funny nor romantic
    I really wanted to like this movie. I was leaning toward not watching it due to the bad reviews, but my wife decided we'd better give it a shot. I really like Roberts and Clooney and I don't mind a good romcom now and again. I figured that romcoms just get poorer reviews it general, so maybe it's not that bad.

    It really is that bad. I wanted to like it, but it's bad in so many ways. The entire premise of the movie is pretty absurd. At the beginning of the movie Roberts and Clooney are supposed to basically despise each other, but it's really not believable. You can tell they're just having fun behind the scenes. The dialogue really isn't great. I'd say I laughed out loud maybe 3 times in the whole movie.

    You'd think, "well, if I the plot and dialogue aren't great, maybe I can at least see some nice scenery." Well, the scenery is nice, but it's not even filmed in Bali where the movie is set. How hard would it be to just go there and make it authentic...? They also never explain why the main Balinese guy speaks flawless English.

    If you're thinking of giving it a chance, I'd say it's not worth the time.
  • Blumanowar - 8 January 2023
    Great for empty nesters.. and a riot
    But if you've not had kids, skip it.. you won't like it. This is a movie for the late baby boomers. I mean are you kidding!!! Roberts and Clooney! The absolute two best actors of our generation. I loved it. Kids and unmarried... skip it so you don't ruin the rating! This is definitely a full 7 rating so I gave it an 8 to make up for the kids. And they both look great, and neither had alit if work either. Man, the lucky are lucky aren't they. Good looks can make the world so easy. That's America lol.

    But if you've not had kids, skip it.. you won't like it. This is a movie for the late baby boomers. I mean are you kidding!!! Roberts and Clooney! The absolute two best actors of our generation. I loved it. Kids and unmarried... skip it so you don't ruin the rating!
  • vsmurrell - 7 January 2023
    What a waste of time
    We didn't even bother to finish watching this. The script and delivery were both boring and stupid. Roberts and Clooney surely didn't do this for the money, so I would love to know the reason they agreed to waste their time and taken on this.

    It's not that the plot was predictable; so many of these kind of movies are the same. But the editing was choppy, lots of characters' actions made little sense, and the script... There were lines that were so cheesy that the screen oozed.

    Do Roberts and Clooney just not have any chemistry? I guess that's a factor, but the real problem was the infrastructure of the movie.
  • alie-hunter - 5 January 2023
    The rom-com that could have been
    While flying home from London I watched 5 movies; "Father of the Bride" (2022), "10 Things I Hate About You", "Notting Hill", "The Holiday", and "Oceans 11". When I heard about this film I was hoping that it was going to be a return to that great era of rom-coms. It had all the right ingredients to be that type of film, but it never got off the ground. I wasn't expecting anything groundbreaking, rom-coms generally aren't, but I kept expecting that big moment and it never came. The one character who kept me chuckling was Lily's friend, Wren. I would be way more disappointed if I had to pay for it, but since it's free on Peacock I won't gripe about that.
  • 851222 - 4 January 2023
    Highly predictable half-baked story with two always terrific leads
    Greetings from Lithuania.

    "Ticket to Paradise" (2022) has a half-baked story, half-baked characters and a half-baked script. Also it has two of the most likable movie stars in a world, some gorgeous locations and some dialogs that are nice enough to keep you engaged in this highly predictable story. Sometimes for a super boring evening that is enough.

    Overall, George Clooney and Julia Roberts shines together in this highly predictable romantic comedy. Their both charisma are on such a high level that they can carry out this half-baked story. But you will forger this movie as soon as it will end - except for stunning location and those movie stars there is nothing here to watch.
  • Mr-Topshotta - 3 January 2023
    Directed and Co-Written by Ol Parker. A runtime of one hour and forty-four minutes. Streaming on Peacock with a PG-13 rating. "David Cotton" played by George Clooney and his ex-wife "Georgia Cotton" played by Julia Roberts can't stand each other. At one point In life, when they still had a love for one another some twenty-five years ago they made "Lily Cotton" played by Kaitlyn Dever.

    "Lily" just graduated from college and is about to start her next phase of life being a lawyer. Because of this, her best friend "Wren Butler" played by Billie Lourd takes a well-needed vacation to Bali. But there the unthinkable happens." Lilly" falls in love with a local "Gede" played by Maxime Bouttier.

    After a whirlwind relationship. "Lily" invites her parents to Bali to meet "Gede" and be a part of their soon-to-be forever bond. "David" and "Georgia" will have to put their bickering ways aside. Find a way to come together and stop their daughter from making what they think is a grave mistake.

    "Ticket to Paradise" had beautiful cinematography. It was supposed to be Bali but they filmed in Australia. I've been there once and it is gorgeous but it's also extremely deadly. I recommend experiencing that beauty at least once in your lifetime.

    As far as the film, it was funny and a good romance. Not overly sappy. It had two heavyweights in it, Julia Roberts and George Clooney. The younger actors held their own. The whole cast was good. I enjoyed it. The banter between George and Julia was great. It was a funny, fun film with a beautiful backdrop. I give it four mor fires 🔥🔥🔥🔥.

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  • yvettehns - 3 January 2023
    Beautiful nature scenes
    My husband had one mandate from me on our recent date night...pick a movie with beautiful scenery. So he picked this one...and it did not disappoint. Julia Roberts and George Clooney were a good match as the parents. I laughed my head off as I watched the scene of the parents playing a drinking game with the music of Public Enemy playing in the background. I don't understand why the best friend was in the movie. The character did not add to the movie plot line at all. I thought the last scene in the movie was a bit contrived. Overall, if you are looking for a light, comedic movie, I would recommend this movie.
  • GeekGirlPower - 2 January 2023
    I wish they got the details right...
    It looks like the writers probably never went to college because, if they did, they'd know that law students wear robes with 3 stripes on the sides of their gowns as well as a beret rather than a standard cap and gown for undergrad students. Lily is supposed to have gotten a J. D. degree, or Juris Doctorate. Lily's parents are treating her as someone who is "fresh out of college" (22 years old) rather than a more mature student (25 years old, the age of the typical law school graduate). That aside, the movie is fun if you leave your brain at the door. It feels like an extended episode of an hour-long TV show than a real movie. It's a cutesy romance that's good for a rainy day.
  • swoolvers - 2 January 2023
    Sweet sappy movie
    Super cite, Hallmark-like story about love at first sight. I love seeing actors and actresses embracing their age. I also like seeing actors and actresses enjoying themselves making a fun for fun's sake movie. Rather typical "one that got away" theme but enjoyable. Such a sweet movie. The scenery was fabulous, makes me want to go to Fiji. Definitely worth the price of a theater ticket or prime price for a feel good, hear that Julia Roberts laugh movie. And seeing George Clooney letting his hair down is enjoyable. Great chemistry. Watch the credits.. almost as cute as the movie. But don't mind me, I'm just a sappy person.