Julia Roberts and George Clooney are starring opposite each other in a romantic comedy, but when they reunite, they aren’t in love.
In the trailer, Clooney’s character describes his relationship with his ex-wife, played by Roberts, as “worst 19 years of my life.”
“We’ve only been married for five years,” she says, which he clarifies by saying, “I’m counting the recovery.”
They collaborated on Universal’s Ticket to Paradise, which marked each of their long-awaited returns to the romantic comedy genre. The trailer, which was released on Wednesday, features the first appearances of Roberts and Clooney. Playing a divorced couple who reunite for a Bali vacation in the hopes of preventing their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they believe they made 25 years ago.
The cast also includes Billie Lourd, Lucas Bravo, Amanda O’Dempsey, Rowan Chapman, Murran Kain, and Vanessa Everett.
The trailer debuted exclusively in the spring for the 2022 CinemaCon audience, with The Hollywood Reporter’s Chris Gardner reporting at the time that the highlight of the footage was Clooney and Roberts sparring in “amusing fashion with sharp-tongued jabs before coming together to hatch a plan to stop the nuptials.” There’s mischief, physical humour, drinking, beer pong, and even Clooney performing the classic running-man dance.”
Indeed, the trailer depicts the ex-spouses attempting to dupe their daughter into leaving her new fiancé by stealing the wedding rings in order to incite a fight. “We have to call a truce to make this work,” Roberts says, with Clooney agreeing that they must be in “lockstep” and attempting to put the passive aggression on hold for the sake of their larger cause.
“People sometimes misinterpret the length of time that I haven’t done a romantic comedy as my unwillingness to do one,” Roberts recently told Vanity Fair of doing Ticket to Paradise after a 20-year hiatus from the genre. “I would do it if I read something that I thought was on the level of Notting Hill writing or My Best Friend’s Wedding madcap fun.” They didn’t exist until I did this film, which Ol Parker wrote and directed.”
Roberts thought Ticket to Paradise would “only if it’s George Clooney.” George, on the other hand, thought it only worked with me. We both managed to pull it off, so off we went.”
Clooney and Roberts previously worked together on Ocean’s Eleven (2001), Ocean’s Twelve (2004), and Money Monster (2016). Roberts also appeared in Clooney’s 2002 feature directorial debut, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.
Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner co-produced the film with Sarah Harvey and Deborah Balderstone; Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures; and Red Om Films’ Roberts, Lisa Gillan, and Marisa Yeres Gill.
The film Ticket to Paradise will be released in theatres on October 21.