Ticket To Paradise – 10 reasons to see George Clooney and Julia Roberts’ hilarious late-summer getaway

Julia Roberts and George Clooney in film still from Ticket To Paradise

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Do you really need convincing to watch a new movie with George Clooney and Julia Roberts set on the most stunning beaches in the world? From the spiky script to the dad-dancing, here are ten reasons why the Ticket To Paradise release date on September 20th will feel like an unexpected summer holiday.

Ticket To Paradise release date: September 20th

Still Photography on the set of "Ticket To Paradise"

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The Clooney/Roberts chemistry has never been spikier

Having seen them zing in Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Money Monster (2016), Ticket To Paradise director Ol Parker conceived his new movie with George Clooney and Julia Roberts in the lead roles. “Then I begged them to do it,” he told AU Review, “and they took mercy on me. 

Smart move, because that catfight chemistry is the heart of Ticket To Paradise. As bitter divorcees David and Georgia, Clooney and Roberts bite, snipe, belittle and use each other as scratching posts – but share the same mission to fly to Bali and stop daughter Lily marrying a handsome young seaweed farmer.  

What made me want to be a part of this movie?” pondered Roberts in an interview with Peter Gray. “Just the chance to be really snarky to George jumped out at me…


Still Photography on the set of "Ticket To Paradise"

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Ticket To Paradise is the ultimate late-summer getaway

None of us are ready for summer to be over. Beach bars, cocktails, sunsets: we want more of that. Dark mornings, soaked shoes, blown-inside-out umbrellas: we don’t want that.  

Ticket To Paradise is the extra day of summer holiday you weren’t expecting. On September 20th, travel with us to the Southern Hemisphere’s most mouthwatering beaches, as director Ol Parker gives us money shots of the Whitsunday Islands, the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Tangalooma Island and more.  

This movie is such a perfect getaway, you’ll be tempted to turn up at ODEON in your swimsuit and apply aftersun when the credits roll (please don’t do that).


The Ticket To Paradise movie is the pick-me-up we all need 

Let’s face it, times have been tough for everyone recently. We desperately need to lose ourselves for a few hours, throw back our heads and laugh like nobody’s listening. That’s what Ticket To Paradise is made for.  

You’ll snigger as Clooney and Roberts’ banter turns toxic. You’ll snort as a dolphin rams Hollywood’s favourite silver fox in the unmentionables. You’ll splurt your Costa coffee at the world’s most middle-aged beer pong battle.  

Clooney might have joked to ABC that the motivation behind Ticket To Paradise is that “Julia blew all her money from the Pretty Woman days”. But the real reason is to give us a light at the end of the tunnel. "We decided it was such a sunny, appealing movie in a time that's been really dark and difficult for people,” said Roberts in the same interview. “It felt like it would just be great to put something together that was just joyful and to make people laugh. 

George Clooney and Julia Roberts on the set of Ticket To Paradise

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Ticket To Paradise has the best dance fight since Zoolander

In the scene that is breaking the Internet, David and Georgia’s love/hate rivalry sees them tear up a Bali beach bar to House Of Pain’s Jump Around. But the revelation, as Roberts told The Irish Times, is that their moves in Ticket To Paradise were mostly improvised. “People always want to choreograph it, but you can’t put steps to it,” said the actress. “You have to just open the box and let the magic fly. 

Everyone had plans for how we should dance,” added Clooney, “and then we were like, ‘Well, actually, we’ve got some really bad dance moves in real life’. Julia and I have done all those moves before. That’s the sickest part.


The Ticket To Paradise characters are relatable for the whole family

Maybe you’re an eternally exasperated parent. Or maybe you’re a permanently embarrassed teen. Either way, you’ll find a character among the Ticket To Paradise cast to champion. Ticket To Paradise might be the first film your entire family has agreed on since Paddington.


Julia Roberts and George Clooney on the set of Ticket To Paradise

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Great romcoms don’t come along every day

Remember the golden age of the romantic comedy, when it felt like there were so many classics – from Pretty Woman and Sleepless In Seattle to One Fine Day and My Best Friend’s Wedding – that you couldn’t cram them all in?  

Since the noughties, though, the all-time-great romcom has become an endangered species. “It's a really difficult genre to get right,Roberts told ABC. “To just find the tone throughout is really a challenge. 

The Pretty Woman star knows a great romcom when she sees it. And as she told The New York Times, the Ticket To Paradise script gave her the old tingles. “If I had read something I thought was that Notting Hill level of writing or My Best Friend’s Wedding level of madcap fun, I would do it. They didn’t exist until this movie I just did that Ol Parker wrote and directed.


The Ticket To Paradise cast has great young stars

Obviously, Clooney and Roberts get top billing, but don’t overlook a young cast with shared history. Booksmart star Kaitlyn Dever gives us a gutsy Lily. “It was nice to play a character who had her sh*t together,” the Arizona-born actress told The AU Review. “I’ve never played someone like her before. Yes, the film leans into those nostalgic romcom tropes, but I think Ol’s writing is still very natural and organic, so it doesn’t ever feel forced.”  

Also hailing from Booksmart (and Star Wars), Billie Lourd plays Lily’s best friend Wren with all the wit you’d expect from the late Carrie Fisher’s daughter. “My character has a lot of sarcasm, cynicism and snark,” she told Stack. “That’s what makes it so funny and made me excited to be part of it. 

Maxime Bouttier and Kaitlyn Dever as Lily and Gede in Ticket To Paradise

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As for the boys, French-Indonesian actor Maxime Bouttier plays Lily’s adorable fiancé Gede, while Emily In Paris star Lucas Bravo plays Roberts’ toy boy, Paul. As Bravo explained, it was Clooney who made his first-day nerves disappear: “As we're about to shoot,” he told Today, “George was whispering stupid stuff in my ear…”  

Still Photography on the set of "Ticket To Paradise"

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Ticket To Paradise at ODEON tastes as good as it looks

The Ticket To Paradise trailer will make you not only hungry (as you watch Clooney gorge on succulent roast pork) but desperate for a cocktail (we can’t imagine how many mojitos the pair must have slammed before that dance-off).  

Fortunately, when you watch Ticket To Paradise at ODEON, we’ll lay on the same five-star beach resort treatment, with our selection of classic cinema snacks including popcorn, nachos and perhaps even that amazing fruity cocktail that once made you dance on the tables in Bali.


The Ticket To Paradise reviews are great

With Ticket To Paradise released on September 20th, the first reviews are starting to drop and they’re glowing. Take it from The Times, who wrote that this “hilarious and utterly charming new film is the perfect escape. It has all the scenery, romance, comedy and unbridled fun you need… and you won’t have to bag up your toiletries.


Julia Roberts and George Clooney in poster quad for Ticket To Paradise

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Ticket To Paradise is only showing at cinemas

Universal Pictures was adamant that Ticket To Paradise had to be a cinematic release – and you’ll see why when it arrives at ODEON on September 20th. This new movie with George Clooney and Julia Roberts is sweet, catty, joyful and funny, serving up jokes to make the audience erupt and stars whose natural habitat is up there on the silver screen. Summer might almost be over but there’s still time to book your Ticket To Paradise 

Ticket To Paradise release date: September 20th 2022