Ticket to Paradise film review: George Clooney & Julia Roberts hit big screen – but save the ticket money

ROM-COM royalty George Clooney and Julia Roberts are once again hitting the big screen – in their fourth film together.

And while their bright-white smiles are just as radiant, and their hair as thick as ever, the power pair can’t produce enough gloss to cover the stench of a script so stagnant it could have been dusted off from Meg Ryan’s bin 30 years ago.

George Clooney and Julia Roberts hit the big screen again – in their fourth film together

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George Clooney and Julia Roberts hit the big screen again – in their fourth film togetherCredit: Alamy
The story is of divorced couple David (Clooney) and Georgia (Roberts) who in the quick-fire opening scenes share how much they loathe each other

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The story is of divorced couple David (Clooney) and Georgia (Roberts) who in the quick-fire opening scenes share how much they loathe each otherCredit: Alamy

The story is of divorced couple David (Clooney) and Georgia (Roberts) who in the quick-fire opening scenes share how much they loathe each other.

David smashes a ball against a squash court, while Georgia sips a cocktail, both explaining how their marriage was the worst time of their lives.

Now apart, they are happier than ever.

There’s a problem though: David and Georgia share Lily (Kaitlyn Dever), their meek nearly-lawyer daughter.

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After graduating, Lily heads to Bali with best friend Wren (Billie Lourd), a two-dimensional, wacky and sexually promiscuous drunk.

There, Lily meets local seaweed farmer Gede (Maxime Bouttier) and after 37 days of a whirlwind romance — none of which we see — the pair are engaged.

Ignoring their supposed hate for each other, David and Georgia hatch a plan to go to Bali to stop the wedding.

But this plan involves barely any planning at all.

David says a couple of passive-aggressive things to the groom, they hide some meaningless rings that are easily replaced and do a half-a***d trip to a “cursed” island.

There are, of course, lots of rom-com traits that can be forgiven. For example, how a seaweed farmer can live in what appears to be a five-star hotel.

Or, how Georgia can sleep a whole night in a rainforest and wake up looking like she’s about to shoot another Lancome advert.

Zero chemistry

But what can’t be forgiven in this film, written and directed by Ol Parker, is the young couple having zero chemistry, the sleepwalking performances from the usually excellent Dever and Lourd, and some truly terrible CGI dolphins.

It gets an extra star for an amusing drinking game where Clooney and Roberts finally show their talent.

But save that ticket money for a trip elsewhere.

In cinemas September 20.

 

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