Movie review: “Ticket to Paradise” is too toxic for laughs


Julia Roberts and George Clooney star in “Ticket to Heaven”. Photo courtesy of Universal Studios

Los Angeles, Oct 19 (UPI) – Heaven ticket, in theaters Friday, isn’t smart enough to make the pair’s cuddly squabble. Despite the appeal of Julia Roberts and George Clooney, the plot is too toxic to be funny.

Longtime divorced David (Cloney) and Georgia (Roberts) have a fight when they attend their daughter, Lily (Caitlyn Dever) college graduation and talk about each other in a bad way anyone will listen.

When Lily gets engaged to Jedi (Maxime Potter) on vacation in Bali, David and Georgia must see each other again at the wedding. They intend to prevent Lily from making the mistake they feel they have made in marrying each other.

The general premise of “parents fighting, interfering with their daughter’s relationship” may seem sweet at first. It only takes a moment for us to realize that the “joke” is that these parents want to sabotage their daughter.

Many parents may not approve of their children’s partners, but there is a long way between that and active action against their children.

In any version of father of the brideDaddy has reservations, but he didn’t spoil the wedding. And versions of Steve Martin and Andy Garcia were very satirical, but still portrayed a loving family.

even if Heaven ticket Giving his characters the rom-com’s happy, predictable ending, the premise is still unpleasant. This toxic couple brings their toxicity to their daughter.

Clooney and Roberts have a chemistry that offers quick-fire banter, but the script doesn’t give them substance to back it up. Georgia and David often have the same idea, but David will not accept it from her.

David’s common joke amounts to “Wouldn’t it be cool if something bad happened to Georgia?” At one point, he makes fun of Georgia’s unfamiliarity with the kitchen, because he curses those women in their professions who don’t know how to cook anymore.

Heaven ticket He also thinks it’s funny to show how weird Americans think about the island’s culture. Even the Jedi’s father pretends to invent a strange habit to scare David, but screenplay by Daniel Pepsky and director Ol Parker enjoys exploiting Western culture’s fears and prejudices even further.

Jade’s family likes to speak their language but they tell David and Georgia that they are saying something harmless. A family member compares Georgia to a horse as a compliment, because the filmmakers think this is strange to the islanders.

The best thing that can be said about him Heaven ticket It is that island hoaxes finally calm Georgia and David. It’s still toxic but at least it’s less aggressive towards the end of the movie.

There may be a dark comedy version of this hypothesis that could work. Heaven ticket He definitely wants to be fun and cuddly.

Roberts’ trademark laugh and Clooney’s signature smile. Smiling through it cannot hide toxins and make them more insidious.

Fred Topple, who attended film school at Ithaca College, is a Los Angeles-based UPI entertainment writer. He has been a professional film critic since 1999, critic of Rotten Tomatoes since 2001 and a member of the Television Critics Association since 2012. Read more about his work in the entertainment field.

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