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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages healthy, open, honest communication between parents and adult children -- as well as parents respecting their adult children's choices, even if they don't agree with them. Also emphasizes the need for forgiveness and the importance of extended family.
Positive Role Models
Both Georgia and David love Lily fiercely, but they also lie to her and actively work to sabotage her upcoming marriage. While their behavior is played for laughs, they're unkind to her fiance and disprespectful to their daughter. Eventually they learn their lesson and redeem themselves. Lily is smart and kind to everyone. Gede is a loving, selfless, and generous fiance, and his family welcomes the Cottons with open arms. Wren is a loyal best friend.
The movie centers on a wealthy, divorced White parents who fly to Bali to convince their daughter not to marry a Balinese young man she's only known for a few weeks (although it seems like days). Various aspects of Balinese culture are depicted (landscape, clothing, cuisine, agricultural work), and some ceremonial engagement and marriage practices are portrayed and explained. Despite the character of Gede being depicted as fully Balinese, the actor who plays him (Maxime Bouttier) is half White.
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Violence & Scariness
A character is bitten by a poisonous snake and must be hospitalized (he recovers). One character accidentally strikes another in the nose. A dolphin charges a person, leaving him injured.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adult characters kiss passionately and make references to sex, condom use, and spending the night together. Two people wake up in the same bed after a drunken night out and make references to under-the-sheet nudity (not shown).
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Two uses of "f--k," plus "s--t," "s--tshow," "a--hole," "f--king a--hole," "pissed," "bitch," "dumbass," etc.
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Products & Purchases
At least two scenes prominently feature a super-sized pack of Trojan condoms. Characters hold what look like iPhones and wear what look like white AirPods.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adult characters drink often at parties, hotel bars, and on planes (wine, champagne, cocktails, hard liquor). Newly graduated law students drink straight from a wine bottle; later a lead character asks a flight attendant for a bottle of champagne and drinks from it. Several scenes include characters getting drunk, particularly in a sequence when Lily and her fiancé play beer pong (using a local Balinese liquor) with her parents. Hangovers are witnessed and discussed on different occasions.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ticket to Paradise is a banter-filled romcom starring two of the world's biggest superstars as ever-sniping divorced parents. David (George Clooney) and Georgia (Julia Roberts) fly from Chicago to Bali to stop their daughter, Lily (Kaitlyn Dever), from marrying a man she's just met. There's a lot of drinking and drunken behavior, with adults drinking at bars, restaurants, parties, and on planes -- a few times straight from a bottle or while playing a variation of beer pong. While played for laughs, there are consequences to the boozy behavior. There's also some strong language peppered throughout the dialogue, including at least two uses of "f--k," plus one "f--king," "s--t," "bitch," "a--hole," and more. Mild comic violence includes a poisonous snake bite, a dolphin "attack," and a man accidentally hitting his significant other's nose. While the movie portrays several aspects of Balinese culture (cuisine, landmarks, wedding rituals), it shouldn't be confused with a Balinese film: The story's focus is on the White tourists trying to sabotage their daughter's wedding. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Clooney and Roberts bring their nearly irresistible charm to this banter-filled enemies-to-lovers romcom. Ticket to Paradise marks the superstars' fifth big-screen collaboration; it's unlikely to rank above the Ocean's films for most fans, but it will intrigue moviegoers hoping to see them in a romcom together. While the "young love" part of the storyline is of the insta-love variety -- the scene where Gede first meets Lily is almost laughably obvious -- the relationship between David and Georgia coasts on the gravitas of the stars' chemistry. It's not the funny, sizzling, sexy coupledom that fans might hope for, but there's an undeniable delight in watching the two appealing actors on screen together. Billie Lourd provides notable comic-relief as Lily's supportive (and boozy) best friend, and Lucas Bravo is particularly funny as Georgia's overly adoring younger French boyfriend, who happens to be the pilot on the flight from Chicago to Bali.
The movie's setting is also utterly gorgeous. Director Ol Parker, working from a screenplay by Daniel Pipski, captures the place and the people -- albeit primarily as a lovely background for these American sweethearts. There's a seemingly respectful nod to Balinese marital customs, as well as a large Indonesian supporting cast playing Gede's family (although only his on-screen parents and sister get many lines). But the story is told from the gaze of tourists, so there's lots of exposition to explain the different ceremonies -- and even more moments of ecotourist sightseeing, including hiking, swimming with dolphins, and hiking to different temples. All of it is accompanied by the rat-a-tat-tat of Clooney and Roberts' sniping, sometimes playfully, sometimes angrily, but always headed to the inevitability of these two movie stars having a ball together.
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