Wednesday 23 August 2023

Movie Review: Ticket To Paradise (2022)

Genre: Romantic Comedy
Director: Ol Parker
Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kaitlyn Dever
Running Time: 104 minutes

Synopsis: Divorced couple David and Georgia Cotton (George Clooney and Julia Roberts) are aghast when their daughter Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) chucks her legal career aspirations and decides to marry Gede (Maxime Bouttier), a Bali-based seaweed farmer. The bickering exes rush to Indonesia and concoct a plan to undermine Lily's wedding, with Georgia's current lover Paul (Lucas Bravo), a suave airline pilot, in close pursuit.

What Works Well: George Clooney and Julia Roberts bring plenty of star power to an otherwise routine rom-com, and Kaitlyn Dever is a winsome bride-to-be discovering there is more to life than the corporate ladder. Director Ol Parker captures pristine Indonesian landscapes in rich colours.

What Does Not Work As Well: Old fashioned sensibilities frequently border on trite, as the plot rides a linear path with stops at all the foregone conclusions. The humour rarely rises above juvenile incidents (including a dolphin encounter, a snake bite, resort room confusion, and an accidental headbutt). Billie Lourd as Lily's best friend is underused, and the movie all too often resembles an Indonesian tourist infomercial.

Conclusion: Harmless and weightless.

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