TICKET TO PARADISE
Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kaitlyn Dever, Billie Lourd, Maxime Bouttier, and Lucas Bravo
Director: Ol Parker
Ticket To Paradise does not reinvent the wheel in any way, shape, or form, and it very well might have fallen apart without the natural charm and chemistry of George Clooney and Julia Roberts, but it’s a textbook rom-com. As a diehard lover of the genre, I enjoyed myself, even if it is predictable to an almost shameless degree. It has some laughs, and the third act gets a little too sentimental, but I fell for it anyway. So, yeah, it’s certainly not paradise, but it’s still a ticket worth purchasing.
There is nothing new, innovative, or remarkable about Ticket to Paradise, apart from the fact that a mainstream old-school rom-com got theatrically released in 2022, and that’s perfectly fine with me. While the George Clooney/Julia Roberts film does almost nothing but perform the usual beats of the genre, they’re beats I was happy to hear again on a theater screen, even if some jokes work and some don’t. There were definitely moments I wish we spent more time with Kaitlyn Dever and Billie Lourd (especially Billie Lourd), but overall, I had a nice time. Other rom-com fans probably will as well.