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Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Billie Lourd, Kaitlyn Dever, Lucas Bravo, Maxime Bouttier
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Romantic comedy directed and co-written by Ol Parker. Ticket to Paradise (2022) follows divorced parents, David and Georgia (George Clooney and Julia Roberts), who impulsively married each other. So when their daughter, Lily (Kaitlyn Dever), goes on a post-graduation trip to Bali and decides to marry a local, Gede (Maxime Bouttier), the two fly out to talk her out of making the same mistake they once did.
Our Favorite Quotes:'For marriage, it must to be the right place. It must to be the right time. It must to be the right circumstance.' (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
Wren Butler: Don’t pack work. Why would you pack work?
Lily: Because it’s a short vacation and a very long life afterwards.
Wren Butler: Yeah, I’ve been thinking about that, and I really don’t think this whole “being an adult” thing is going to work out for me.
Lily: [referring to Georgia] You’re not sitting together, okay? You’re on opposite sides of the auditorium, which is the size of Rhode Island.
David: That’s the smallest state.
Lily: [over phone] So you promise? No mean comments. No arguing. No passive aggression.
Georgia: What about aggressive aggression? Is that okay?
David: [as they find out they’re sitting together at Lily’s graduation] You got to be kidding me.
Georgia: Guess this is my seat, as you haven’t had a date since Lily was in braces.
David: At least when I do date, it’s age appropriate.
Georgia: That’s my armrest.
David: No, it’s in the middle.
Georgia: This is so like you. Take, take, take.
David: It is not a metaphor. It is an armrest.
Lily: Some of us maybe had seven too many Jägerbombs last night.
Wren Butler: Just one too many. The other six were perfection.
David: You know, telling someone to calm down has literally never calmed anyone down in the history of the universe.
David: You know, for once you could back me up.
Georgia: I could. But then I’d be wrong too.
'I've been thinking about that, and I really don't think this whole “being an adult” thing is going to work out for me.' - Wren Butler (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
Georgia: See you again. Never.
David: Hopefully not that soon.
Gede: My father was a seaweed farmer, his father before him.
Lily: And what about his father before him?
Gede: He was a fisherman. They can’t all be winners.
Gede: Nature, God, and people. Balance the three, and you have harmony.
Lily: I am so out of balance.
David: [over phone] Check your email.
Georgia: I do check it. You’re blocked.
David: Lily wrote us.
Georgia: Whatever this is, it’s your fault.
Beth-Ann: [to David] I’m Beth-Ann Flannery. I like to befriend my seatmates in case we crash, so they’re more inclined to pull me from the wreckage.
'No mean comments. No arguing. No passive aggression.' - Lily, 'What about aggressive aggression?' - Georgia (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
Georgia: Excuse me, ma’am. I think your things are in my seat.
Beth-Ann: Oh, sorry.
Georgia: [as she notices David] Oh, come on.
David: You’ve got to be kidding me.
Beth-Ann: [to David] You speak English!
Georgia: [to David] You’re still doing the Italian tourist bit?
Georgia: [to the flight attendant] Excuse me, ma’am, I need to sit somewhere else.
Flight Attendant: Oh, I’m sorry. It’s a full flight.
Georgia: We used to be married.
David: Worst nineteen years of my life.
Georgia: We were only married for five.
David: I’m counting the recovery.
Georgia: I can’t sit there.
Flight Attendant: There’s nothing I can do.
Beth-Ann: [to Georgia] I’ll swap with you, dear. Just remember in case we go down. You owe me one.
David: I told you I was going to get her.
Georgia: [to the passenger sat between them] In four days time…
David: Our daughter is going to marry a guy she just met in Bali, millions of
miles from home.
Georgia: Excuse me. Did the middle of my sentence interrupt the beginning of yours?
David: She’s throwing her career away.
Georgia: Just like her mother did. Which is why I’m the only that can stop her. She doesn’t listen to him.
Paul: David? What are you doing here?
David: I’m flying to Bali. What are you doing here?
Paul: I’m flying you to Bali.
'Telling someone to calm down has literally never calmed anyone down in the history of the universe.' - David (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
Beth-Ann: [referring to Paul] Oh, my. Those eyes. Couldn’t you just swim in them?
David: They’re blue. Big deal. So are my socks.
Beth-Ann: And Frenchmen make such great lovers.
David: That’s a rumor they started about themselves.
Georgia: Oh, keep telling yourself that.
Georgia: [to the flight attendant] Oh, two, please.
David: Just leave the bottle. Thank you.
Georgia: The last time David was actually helpful was the night we made Lily.
Paul: There’s an image I’m not crazy about.
Georgia: You live. You learn. You upgrade.
Georgia: It’s a totally foreign concept to you, but Paul puts me first. He supports everything I do.
Paul: That’s because everything she does is perfect.
Georgia: He’s exaggerating.
David: Is he? Are you?
Paul: I’m really not.
David: We need to be in lockstep.
Georgia: No meanness.
David: No arguing.
Georgia: We speak as one.
David: Exactly right.
Georgia: When do we start?
David: Right after we see Lily.
'Nature, God, and people. Balance the three, and you have harmony.' - Gede (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
Lily: [to Georgia and David] So, did you make a pact to not murder each other until you murder me first?
David: [after she greets Gede in Balinese] You learned that to make me look bad.
Georgia: You don’t need my help there.
Gede: Mr. and Mrs. Cotton, I welcome you to my country, and soon to my home.
Georgia: Mrs. Cotton is his mother. You can just call me Georgia.
Gede: Oh. As you wish, Georgia.
David: Yeah. I’m good with “Mr. Cotton”.
Lily: [as they watch Gede drive off with Georgia on the back of his bike] Isn’t he amazing?
David: Only if he drops her.
'You live. You learn. You upgrade.' - Georgia (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
Losi: And now he is saying you remind him of a very attractive horse.
Georgia: Oh. Really?
Losi: That can’t be right.
Losi: [after checking with her uncle again in Balinese] No. He did mean horse.
David: [referring to Lily] I can see her being happy here. For a while.
Gede: For a while?
David: Well, nothing lasts forever.
Gede: Marriage is supposed to.
David: That’s what I thought till I was sitting across from Georgia with a bunch of lawyers, dividing up our stuff. So, enjoy this.
'Everybody only ever sees anything their own way.' - David (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
David: I initiated phase two. We get out of the Trojan horse. We start killing people.
Georgia: We are nowhere near phase two.
David: Maybe you’re at a different party, but from where I’m sitting, we’re about to inherit a hundred and fifty new in-laws.
Georgia: Oh, God. You only ever see things your own way.
David: Everybody only ever sees anything their own way.
'Being loved is not the same as loving.' - Lily (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
Gede’s Father: For marriage, it must to be the right place. It must to be the right time. It must to be the right circumstance.
Georgia: I wish someone had explained that to us. We were O for three.
David: One for three.
Georgia: Wrong circumstance, wrong time.
David: Right place. By the lake.
Georgia: Do you still snore?
David: Do you know anybody that snores less when they get older?
'That's the way it goes. Stuff happens. Things change and you move on. Just move on.' - David (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
David: You know, you used to do sleep karate. You’d fling yourself around the bed like you were attacking it.
Georgia: I wasn’t asleep. I was attacking you.
Georgia: Try to keep the snoring down.
David: I have a nasal strip.
Georgia: It’s a mystery you’re still alone.
'It turns out a parent will do anything in the world for their kid, except let them be exactly who they are.' - Georgia (Ticket to Paradise) Click To Tweet
Wren Butler: What happened with you and Mrs. C?
David: Same thing that happens in every relationship. When it started out, it was unreal. Then it got real.
Georgia: There’s not going to be a wedding. I won’t let her throw her life away on some insanely handsome guy, who happens to live in the most beautiful place on earth. And, yes, I do know how that sounds. But I’m still right.
Georgia: So we steal the rings.
David: I was about to say that.
Georgia: But you didn’t. So it’s my idea.
David: [referring to the dolphins] Hey, are you sure they’re not sharks?
Gede: They’re not sharks.
David: They might be working with the sharks, you know, to get us.
David: I can’t believe I got bit by a dolphin!
David: I bet it was that crazy-looking one with the smile.
Wren Butler: All dolphins smile.
David: Now we know why.
Lily: It’s like I looked up and realized that everything I ever wanted was right in front of me. I mean, I could go back and try and make a go of it. But I just know that every second I’d be dreaming of being here, with him. You know, it’s like you always say, why save the good stuff for later?
Georgia: Yeah, I do. I do.
Gede: [after finding out David and Georgia stole their wedding rings] I haven’t told Lily because I know it would hurt her very much to know that the real reason her parents are finally getting along is because they’re united to sabotage her relationship.
Georgia: You shouldn’t have left.
David: I had to. It was over.
Georgia: Why? Because the house burned down?
David: You didn’t love me anymore.
Georgia: Well, you didn’t even like me.
David: You didn’t have any respect for me.
Georgia: You’ve never had any respect for me.
David: That is so unbelievably untrue.
Lily: They believe that filing down the canine teeth takes us away from the animals, so away from qualities that lead to an unhappy marriage.
David: Takes away the ability to chew solid food, is what it does.
Wren Butler: [as Gede is getting his teeth filed down] I knew a guy who wanted to marry a Jewish woman. Had to get circumcised. This is worse.
David: No, that’s worse.
Georgia: What are you doing in my bed?
David: What are you doing in my boxers?
Georgia: What are you doing in my shirt?
David: Give me back my underwear.
Georgia: Where are my underwear?
David: [as he looks down at himself under the sheets] Not here.
Georgia: Oh, thank God.
David: Not really. I’m naked.
David: So we didn’t do anything.
Georgia: There’s not enough alcohol in the world.
Georgia: That’s Paul. That’s my boyfriend.
David: What? Did you tell him you don’t like surprises?
Georgia: Oh, my God. He surprises me so much. It’s almost not a surprise when he surprises me.
Georgia: I feel like my hangover has a hangover.
Georgia: David spent the night in my room last night. I’m sorry.
Paul: I know. Men don’t wear yoga pants. Even when they do yoga.
Lily: [after Georgia tells them of Paul’s marriage proposal] I mean, Mom, you’re so amazing, and educated, tough, smart, and beautiful. But you’re never your best self with him. Yeah, he’s kind, and he’s got those eyes. But it’s not enough. Being loved is not the same as loving. Plus, the whole surprising thing?
Paul: It’s actually just a curtain between us, so I heard all of that.
David: That’s the way it goes. Stuff happens. Things change and you move on. Just move on.
Georgia: I mean, who are we to say that Lily doesn’t know what’s best for herself?
David: [after Lily finds out about the rings] We’re just trying to do what’s best for you.
Lily: Yeah, but you had no respect for my opinion of what that might be. You’re just like all parents, acting like you’re giving your kid this great advice for their own good, but all you’re really doing is talking to your young, dumb selves, trying to rewrite the past and not do whatever you did twenty-five years ago.
David: That’s absolutely not true.
Georgia: That’s a hundred percent true.
Georgia: I can’t tell you how much I wish someone had been able to get through to me back then. Stop me from making the greatest mistake of my life.
Lily: I’m the greatest mistake of your life?
David: Not you. Me. I’m the mistake.
Georgia: [to David] You weren’t a mistake. You weren’t. It’s been the story for years that you were the one to blame. It’s not true. I was loving being a mom. But I started to feel like I was losing who I was, and I thought if I’d stayed with you, maybe one day I would not recognize myself at all. That was the mistake. Not you.
Lily: [to Gede] This isn’t some summer thing with a beginning and an end. This is forever.
Georgia: [after they kiss] Yeah, that would not work.
David: Nope. No. No. That’s bad.
Georgia: That’s not going to work. It’s because we’re in this romantic place.
David: No. It’s the whole thing with Lily is just…
Georgia: Everything is heightened. I mean, maybe if we were younger
David: We’re not.
Georgia: Which we’re not. We know better!
Paul: Where have you guys been?
David: It’s a long story.
Georgia: Our boat drifted out to sea.
Paul: That’s not that long of a story.
Lily: Yeah, well, it felt like a long story if you were there.
Lily: Stop crying.
Wren Butler: Why would I cry? It’s not like I’m losing someone who’s basically a substitute for my entire terrible family. Is my mascara okay?
Lily: For a clown.
Wren Butler: Do you remember when we graduated?
Lily: Yes, because it was two months ago.
Georgia: It turns out a parent will do anything in the world for their kid, except let them be exactly who they are.
Georgia: You’re kind of a mess right now.
Lily: I know, Mom.
Georgia: You’re a mess. You’re my mess.
David: Can you believe I didn’t bring anything to wear to a wedding?
Georgia: [referring to his tux] There wasn’t supposed to be a wedding. Doesn’t look like a rental.
David: You clean up pretty good.
David: You don’t need our blessing. I mean, you have it. It’s here, but all you two really need is each other. If your mother and I had listened to her awful parents, or my dumb-a** friends, then Lily wouldn’t be here at all. And I think we can all agree that the world’s a lot better place with Lily in it. So, your mother and I are on your side. Both of you. Now and always.
David: [referring to Paul’s marriage proposal] I think you should say yes. Paul’s a good guy. And if he makes you half as happy as we were when we were happy, then you should say yes.
Georgia: I don’t know. Maybe I’m too old to feel young anymore. I think I missed something critical, and now it’s too late.
David: Well, you look like you’re in your prime to me. Even with that crooked nose.
Georgia: [after turning down Paul’s marriage proposal] It’s the wrong time, wrong place, wrong girl. I’m so sorry.
Paul: Me too. And I’m not just agreeing to agree with you.
Wren Butler: [to Lily, referring to the pack of condoms] I want you to have these. I was fine with you getting married, but I’m way too young and gorgeous to be an aunt.
David: Sorry about Paul.
Georgia: No, you’re not.
David: Not really.
David: [referring to Bali] I could see spending some time here. Someday.
Georgia: Why save the good stuff for later?
[the then decide to hop off the boat and into the ocean]