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Amanda Glam
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November 28, 2022

11/9/2022 4:14:00 PM
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Amanda Glam
Entertainment Writer

Amanda Escapes with Romantic Comedies (and George Clooney)
When things get rough I tend to look for distractions. And for this entertainment writer, that means going to the movies. Not true crime, heavy drama or heaven help me, superhero flicks, I want a good old-fashioned romantic comedy. And boy did Hollywood deliver for me this week, a romantic comedy with my not-so-secret crush, the most handsome and charming man on the planet, George Clooney.
In Ticket to Paradise (PG-13) Clooney plays David Cotton, a smart, funny, successful, stylish man, i.e. George Clooney, who is somehow unsuccessful with women. This is how you know the screenplay was written by men. He reunites with his ex-wife, Georgia, played by a little-known actress named Julia Roberts, at their daughter’s graduation and it is not pretty. But then on a post-graduation trip with her best friend, Lily (Kaitlyn Dever) meets a seaweed farmer and decides to stay in Bali. What are two loving parents who hate each other to do? Why, put aside their differences to plot to break the couple up so Lilly doesn’t make the same mistake they did.
Even if you’re not obsessed with, I mean a fan of Clooney, there’s a lot to love about Ticket to Paradise, Number one of course, is the chemistry between Clooney and Roberts who starred together in a couple of the Oceans movies and are famously long-time friends. They are adorable and snappy and make the most of dialogue that doesn’t always crackle. George and Julia argue, George and Julia scheme, George and Julia get drunk, play beer pong and dance etc. etc.
They do all this in a spectacularly beautiful setting (Australia subbing for Bali.) Meanwhile Lily and her fiance Gede (Maxime Bouttier) do their best to try and make it to their wedding date as David and Georgia continue with the sabotage. There are almost no surprises in Ticket to Paradise. You know that the much younger, absurdly handsome and devoted French pilot Georgia is dating won’t have what it takes to win her heart. You know that every woman in the audience is thinking “Why don’t I get to choose between George Clooney and handsome French Pilot Guy?”
I can’t imagine anyone leaving Ticket to Paradise feeling they didn’t get their money’s worth. (Spoiler alert: Clooney takes his shirt off). While Clooney and Roberts get the best lines and the best scenes, Billie Lourd more than holds her own as the badly-behaved but loyal best friend. Dever and Bouttier are very likeable but are not given much to do. It’s the Clooney/Roberts show and you know what? That’s good enough for me.
Ticket to Paradise: 3.5 Stars out of 5

Another romantic comedy left theaters much too quickly. Bros (R) is the first romantic comedy from a major studio with an entirely LGBTQ cast. Despite reviews that were much better than those for Ticket to Paradise, Bros did poorly at the box office. We saw it opening weekend which might have also been closing weekend. That’s a shame because Bros is very funny.
Bros is written by and stars Billy Eichner who created the hilarious trivia/game/interview cable TV show Billy on the Street. I am a big fan of the show and Eichner’s abrasive craziness.
Here, he’s Bobby, an intelligent, funny, slightly neurotic middle-aged New Yorker who hosts a podcast and is the director of a soon-to-open museum dedicated to LBTQ culture and history. Bobby seems to have given up on love, but he keeps running into Aaron (Luke McFarlane), a handsome lawyer who is also a really nice guy. As in any traditional rom-com, the couple gets together, breaks up, has at least one misunderstanding etc. But the fact that this couple is gay and the movie is rated R made it a difficult sell for the studio.
I laughed a lot watching Bros, mostly thanks to Eichner’s sharp and knowing social commentary and some terrific supporting work from Jim Rash and Saturday Night Live’s Bowen Yang. Nicholas Stoller, a romantic comedy veteran who directed Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Five-Year Engagement, keeps things moving most of the time and makes us root for the unlikely couple of Bobby and Aaron. I hope more people give Bros a chance when it starts streaming.
Bros: 4 Stars out of 5

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