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Turns out they DO make them like they used to.

There's a lot of negativity in the world right now. Therefore, I jumped at the chance to review a film that, based on the trailer I’d seen, looked like a sweet, nostalgic, goof-ball comedy.

In Ticket to Paradise, David (George Clooney) and Georgia (Julia Roberts) are the bitter divorced parents to Lily (Kaitlyn Dever).

When their ‘little angel’ jets off to Bali as a graduation treat with her best friend (Billie Lourd), it was supposed to be relaxing and mostly uneventful. Instead, Lily falls madly in love with local seaweed farmer Gede (Maxime Bouttier), and before you know it, they’re engaged.

But determined not to let their daughter throw away a career in law and her life in the States, these desperate parents need to unite and set aside their differences to try and put an end to the ‘madness’.

With Ticket to Paradise being from Ol Parker – the writer and director of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – and also Clooney & Roberts starring as the leads, you pretty much know what you're going to get with this one. That is in no way a criticism. With raunchy shock factor rom-coms mostly dominating cinemas in recent times, I very much welcomed a good old fashioned ‘cheese’ fest.

It may be predictable and felt like something I’d seen a dozen times before – but honestly, I didn’t care.

It's wholesome escapist fun – and this ‘slice of paradise’ was just what I needed.

ESP Rating: 3.5/5

Mikey Clarke

Showcase Cinema De Lux Peterborough, Out Now

Cast: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Kaitlyn Dever, Maxime Bouttier, Lucas Bravo & Billie Lourd

Running Time: 1 Hr 44 Mins

Director: Ol Parker

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