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Parents' Guide to

The Ticket

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Heavy-handed drama about dangers of superficiality.

Movie NR 2017 97 minutes
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age 18+

Based on 1 parent review

age 18+

Kind of too heavy, trying too hard

First, couldn't figure out what his main obstacle was, and even knowing this film is just trying to put a message or feeling across that isn't necessary? IDK, maybe it's just me....but meh......

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While nicely filmed and decorated with soft visuals and tones, this otherwise heavy-handed, unappealing message drama tries to get its blunt point across in an awkward, obvious way. The Ticket feels like a religious comic tract, warning readers away from the dangers of sin with threats of hellfire and damnation. James squanders his gift of sight with superficiality, chasing money and beautiful girls, then forgets his family and friends and pays a price.

Even with effects like blurry images to indicate blindness, the ghastly way that James discovers that his wife has decorated their home, and the almost constantly whispered dialogue, the movie is extremely simpleminded and hamfisted. Stevens can't make James anywhere even close to appealing (he's a big jerk), and director Ido Fluk fails to elevate the other characters above anything but symbols, flat representations of his harangue against superficiality. Only reliable character actor Platt gets in a few good, satisfying moments, mainly at James' expense.

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