Frequent co-stars George Clooney and Julia Roberts flip shots and break out funky dance moves in “Ticket to Paradise,” a rom-com in which they play hostile exes.
Universal Pictures previewed the film, which hits theaters Oct. 21, at CinemaCon, the show’s annual show currently underway in Las Vegas, ‘Variety’ reports.
The two A-list stars weren’t at Caesars Palace to promote their movie ‘Ticket to Paradise,’ but theater owners in the audience still seemed entertained by their on-screen reunion.
Clooney and Roberts star as a divorced couple who fly to Bali to stop their loving daughter (played by Kaitlyn Dever) from marrying a man she barely knows. The trailer, which has yet to be released, features several funny moments, including Clooney’s character drinking everyone on the island under the table and playing beer pong, prompting him more late to make the wave and funky chicken.
Another moment that tickled the fun bone of the crowd was Roberts and Clooney’s characters refusing to sit next to each other on the plane and hurling insults until a flight attendant to let them change.
“Worst 19 years of my life,” Clooney says, to which Roberts replies, “We were only married for five years.”
“I include recovery,” he replied.
They attempt to put aside their differences and call a truce in the name of scaring their daughter from marrying someone who is essentially a stranger.
“We need to make a Trojan so she thinks we’re okay with this,” Clooney told his ex-wife. But their daughter does not suffer from fools. As soon as they land on the beach, she tells them, “You don’t have to do a whole Trojan horse thing.
Ol Parker, best known for ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ and ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, directed ‘Ticket to Paradise’ and co-wrote the screenplay with Daniel Pipski.
Roberts, the patron saint of romantic comedies, hasn’t returned to the genre for nearly 20 years. But after a period including but not limited to “Pretty Women”, “My Best Friend’s Wedding”, “Runaway Bride”, “Notting Hill” and “Eat Pray Love”, Roberts says she struggled to fall in love with a screenplay – that is, until “Ticket to Paradise”.
As a bonus, the film offered Roberts a chance to reunite with Clooney for the first time since the 2016 thriller “Money Monster.” They also collaborated on director Steven Soderbergh’s “Ocean’s Eleven” and “Ocean’s Twelve,” reports “Variety.”
Romantic comedies have for the most part been considered a dying breed, according to “Variety.”
However, the genre showed signs of life after Paramount’s “The Lost City,” an action-adventure romance starring Sandra Bullock and Channing Tatum, made a splash on the big screen this spring, grossing $100 million in the world to date.
Universal hopes audiences will continue to show their love for romantic comedies with “Ticket to Paradise” and Billy Eichner’s romantic comedy “Bros.”
Eichner, who was on location in Las Vegas, had the audience laughing as he edited the trailer for “Bros,” which is the first gay romantic comedy from a major studio.
“Usually when I come to Vegas I come to see gay icons perform, like Cher, Britney Spears and the Bellagio fountain,” he joked.
He then slammed Hollywood for largely ignoring stories of same-sex couples.
“It’s important that before we have a movie about a gay couple, we have two movies about talking hedgehogs,” he said.
Eichner added, “If you like hedgehogs, you’ll love gay people.”
On a more serious note, Eichner said, “It’s not about gay people suffering tragically, but about the difficulty of finding another tolerable human being to live with.”
In the film, Eichner plays Bobby Leiber, a podcast host who attempts to write a romantic comedy about a gay couple, but one that “will appeal to straight people.” The mission forces Eichner’s character to confront his own intimacy and relationship issues.
The footage gives a glimpse of sweeter times, like Eichner’s love interest Luke Macfarlane, and hotter times, like a foursome orgy.
Eichner promised theater owners that gay people were good for business and added that the film would be a positive experience for straight audiences. His character might disagree, however.
“Gay sex was more fun when straight guys weren’t comfortable with it,” Bobby lamented in the final moments of the trailer.