“Ticket to Paradise” is released, the film with George Clooney and Julia Roberts

The two Oscar-winning actors are the protagonists of this romantic and brilliant comedy, directed by Ol Parker and in Italian cinemas from today 6 October. They play a divorced couple, now on bad terms, who come together for a mission: to convince their daughter not to marry a boy they recently met in Bali. Here’s what you need to know about the film

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Julia Roberts and George Clooney together again in the cinema: in Italian cinemas it is released today, Thursday 6 October, Ticket to Paradise. The two Oscar-winning actors are the protagonists of this brilliant romantic comedy, which tells two love stories in parallel and shows how second chances can hide surprises. A light and funny film, perfect for those who want to get distracted and not think too much. From the plot to the cast, here’s what you need to know about the film and some curiosities.

The plot

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Julia Roberts and George Clooney play Georgia and David. She is an important gallerist grappling with an improbable love story with a younger and less smart pilot, he is a successful architect and experienced tombeur de femmes. What do they have in common? They have been married and have one daughter, Lily Cotton. Georgia and David are now separated, they can’t stand each other and have bad relationships, but they find themselves united to achieve a common goal: to prevent their beloved Lily from making what they consider a mistake. The girl, after graduating in Law, in fact flew to Bali for a holiday and she recently met Gede, a rich, handsome and likeable seaweed farmer, with whom she fell in love. Georgia and David don’t want their daughter to throw away her life for a summer romance and leave for Indonesia to convince her not to marry. But the couple’s old grievances quickly resurface. Will the two exes, between one argument and another, be able to complete their mission?

The director and the cast

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Ticket to Paradise is directed by Ol Parker, director of Oh mama! Here we go again and screenwriter of Marigold Hotel. Produced by Working Title, Smokehouse Pictures and Red Om Films, it is distributed by Universal. In the cast, in addition to Julia Roberts and George Clooney, there are Kaitlyn Dever in the role of Lily and Maxime Bouttier in those of Gede. There is also Billie Lourd, who plays the university friend who accompanies Lily to Bali. Lucas Bravo, star of Emily in Paris.

Julia Roberts and George Clooney together again

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The film, which lasts 90 minutes, marks the return to the big screen of the Roberts-Clooney couple. The two stars – an Oscar for her as best actress for Erin Brockovich – Strong as the truthone for him for Best Supporting Actor for Syrian – they have already acted together several times: in Confessions of a dangerous mindin Ocean’s Elevenin Ocean’s Twelvein the thriller Money Monster – The other side of money. Between them, they said, there is a great friendship and the understanding is also evident in this film. The two actors are the added value of the film. “Our roles were written clearly for us by Ol Parker, who originally gave the characters names like Georgia and Julian,” George Clooney revealed in an interview. And he confessed: “I haven’t done a rom-com since One day by chancebut I thought, ‘If Jules is ready, I think it might be fun…'”. Al New York Timesmoreover, the two stars they told how difficult their friendship made filming the kiss scene. “It took 80 takes to shoot,” Clooney said. And Roberts elaborated: “It actually took 79 takes of us laughing and then the one of us kissing.”

The shooting

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Not just two great actors, to feature Ticket to Paradise there are also wonderful locations. The film was shot in Queensland, Australia with incentives from the Australian federal government and Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy. Principal photography was done on Hamilton Island, a paradise near the Great Barrier Reef. Work on the set took place between November 2021 and February 2022 and was interrupted in January due to the increase in cases of Covid-19.

“The Clooneys saved me from loneliness”

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While filming in Australia, Julia Roberts was long away from her husband Danny Moder and their three children Hazel, Phinnaeus Walter and Henry Daniel. George Clooney was instead there with his family. Roberts told how her friendship with her colleague and the company of the Clooneys – her neighbors on Hamilton Island – helped her get through that period, made even more difficult by the anti-Covid measures and the ‘isolation. “The Clooneys saved me from complete loneliness and despair. We were like in a glass bell and it was the longest time I have ever lived away from my family. I don’t think I’ve spent this much time alone since I was 25,” Roberts said in an interview. Even Clooney spoke fondly of those days: “I would leave the house early in the morning and make ‘Caa-caa’ (the call of a bird), Julia would come out and answer ‘Caa-caa’. Then we’d bring her a cup of coffee. She had become Aunt Juju for my children”.

“Ticket to Paradise” is released, the film with George Clooney and Julia Roberts