ROBERTS AND CLOONEY TAKE THE LEAD

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The latest romantic comedy film, Ticket to Paradise, released recently, starring Hollywood celebrities Julia Roberts as Georgia Cotton, and George Clooney as David Cotton, at centre stage,as divorced parents who are invited by their daughter, to her wedding in Bali, to marry a guy she just met. The film is predictably fun to watch, filled with humour and drama.

The film, alongside the lead cast, also stars Kaitlyn Dever as their daughter Lily Cotton, Maxime Bouttier as herfiancé Gede, Billie Lourd as Lily’s friend and classmate Wren Butler, and Lucas Bravo as Georgia’s boyfriend Paul, supported by a cast of skilled actors, each working well together, with the lead star cast adding depth, without overshadowing any other actor’s performance.

The light-hearted comedy is easy to watch, as the parents who cannot normally stand to be around each other, deciding to work together to try and find a way to sabotage their daughter’s wedding. David and Georgia’s marriage failed 25 years ago, and their core mission in the film is to make sure their daughter does not make the same mistake they made by getting married too young. Lily who just graduated, was set to join a law firm, but with her deciding to get married and stay in Bali, she would be giving up her career and that makes her parents genuinely concerned.

The story is filled with drama every step of the way, as the parents who travel to Bali, meet the man she wants to marry, and his family, while joining in the traditions and customs that are a part of a Balinese wedding ceremony. The film feels very respectful of Balinese culture and takes the time to show how important family is in a wedding, and how welcoming and supportive Balinese families are.

There is a warm tone to the film, with everyone wanting the best for each other, even though what is best is seen differently. The supporting cast members, Paul, and Wren, manage to add an extra infusion of comedy to the overall drama,which compliments the film with a fun sense of humour throughout which helps keep the story flowing with a few laughs every step of the way.

The 104-minute film by director Ol Parker, was made together with the lead stars as producers George Clooney and Julia Roberts, alongside producers Deborah Balderstone, Lisa Roberts Gillan,

Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Sarah Hervey, Marisa Gill, and Grant Heslov. Ticket to Paradise, was made in collaboration with production companies Smokehouse Pictures, Red Om Films and Working Title Films.

The star-studded romantic comedy easily received moderate to positive critic both from fans of the cast and those who just appreciate straightforward drama. The movie was rated 69 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes, 49 per cent on Metacritic and 6.3/10 on IMDb. Ticket to Paradise premiered on 8 September and is set to be followed by release dates scheduled in the United States and several other countries around the world on 21 October.

This is a fun film that is easily predictable but with a Roberts and Clooney at its helm, delivering a flawlessly entertaining performance, it is a comedy drama that fans of the lead cast are sure to enjoy and will not want to miss at any cost.

By Nirupa Mohan Dore