TICKET TO PARADISE – Review by T.J. Callahan

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Ticket to Paradise: Uses every cliche in the book

Julia Roberts and George Clooney reunite on the big screen in Ticket to Paradise, a romantic comedy that is so full of cliches it’s like a cheap knockoff. They’re just beating a dead horse. They say you can’t judge a book by its cover, but with Ticket to Paradise you can definitely read
between the lines.

Roberts and Clooney are Georgia and David, divorced parents who can’t stand to be around each other. They fight like cats and dogs, but decide to join forces just long enough to keep their only daughter, Lily, from marrying a young island man she met while vacationing on Bali. They don’t want Lily to make the same mistake they did 25 years earlier because, as you know, marriage is no bed of roses.

You don’t need to purchase a ticket to this paradise to know where the film is going. Basically it’s bickering and buffoonery… that may make you giggle, but you certainly won’t bust a gut. At least Julia and George are having fun while trading jabs. Clooney said after One Fine Day in
1996 that he was only making dramas from now on, but apparently getting to spar with gal pal Roberts was enough to bring him back to the romcom ring.

In the end, everyone lives happily ever after…except maybe the audience. You can’t please everyone. My husband Ricky amazingly stayed awake throughout the entire movie. I did not. A mid movie doze was my Ticket to Paradise. I give it a 5 out of 10. In theaters.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.