Ticket To Second Chances?

Nicole Hsu

On October 21 the romantic comedy Ticket to Paradise starring Julia Roberts and George Clooney was released in theaters. Personally, I thought this movie was very entertaining and fun to watch. It is about a divorced couple going to Bali to attend their daughter’s wedding with a guy that she met briefly while vacationing in Bali.

After a bitter divorce, David (Clooney) and Georgia (Roberts) tried to avoid each other at all costs. However, when their daughter seems to rush into a hasty marriage, jeopardizing her career as a promising lawyer, the parents are forced to intervene. Slowly but surely David and Georgia rediscover why they first fell in love as their relationship mends while visiting Bali. David and Georgia bond and reconcile under the rain while their daughter falls even more in love with her fiancé. Eventually, a boat rescues them from the island and they are required to go to the wedding (with the new rings). This is when they realize that the actions they performed were wrong and only made them grow further from their daughter. Of course, as time passes, they rebuild their relationship with their daughter and feel more involved with her life.

Overall, this movie made me laugh a lot. I thought the humor was unique but appealed to everyone. By filming on location, it made the story feel more authentic. The actors did a great job portraying the character they were given. I believe this movie’s message is that even if you want what’s best for your daughter, it is better to guide her rather than force her in the “right direction.” Parents should learn to let their children shape their own lives.

Everything about this movie felt like home to me. I remember when I was younger I used to watch movies with my parents with a similar plot and it never failed to help us bond closer together. Something about this movie also has a nostalgic feeling to it but I’m not sure how to describe it. I rate this movie a 10/10 and I will definitely watch it again when it comes to streaming services.