Ticket to Paradise is the new rom-com starring romantic comedy icon Julia Roberts as Georgia, and the smooth George Clooney as David. The premise is Roberts and Clooney play divorcees who are headed to Bali to stop their daughter (Kaitlyn Dever) from marrying a man she just met.

As the story goes along we learn that Georgia gave up a huge career move to marry David, and they quickly got pregnant. Eventually, the resentment on both sides got too much, and the two divorced. Now, 20-something years later, their daughter Lily and her bestie Wren (Billie Lourd) head to Bali to celebrate graduating from Law School. While there Lily meets Gede (Maxime Bouttier), a local seaweed farmer and falls in love. She decides she doesn’t want to go back to the states, and instead wants to get married and live in Bali forever.

I was really looking forward to Ticket to Paradise. I love rom-coms and it’s been so long since Julia Roberts has been in one. In interviews about the film, they’re both excited. So, why should I double that? Both she and George Clooney Roberts and Clooney are fantastic together. They have great chemistry and you can see how much fun they’re having together on screen. That being said, their talent and chemistry can’t bring this weak script to life.


Ticket to Paradise has some of the “Rom”, but not a lot of “Com”. This was shocking to me. The comedy is basically handed to you in this scenario. They’re parents trying to stop a wedding! Yet every single time the joke either doesn’t land or is missed altogether.

Why use a magic trick to steal rings? Why not involve the entire family when it comes to bad scenarios in a temple? The ending also has very little payoff. This is a rom-com, so of course, it follows the typical happy ending formula. However, it’s far from earned. The film spends so much time trying to sell how much they hate each other and give zero time to Georgia and David’s walls falling that it feels rushed.

I was hoping it would be as good as It’s Complicated or Something’s Gotta Give but instead this film sadly…it’s not even close. I suggest waiting for the film to his streaming before spending your hard-earned money on this disappointment.

Ticket to Paradise hits theaters on Friday, October 21, 2022!