Julia Roberts Defends ‘90s Romantic Comedies Ahead Of Ticket To Paradise’s Release

ytsfreeSeptember 9, 2022

Having Julia Roberts and George Clooney star in a romantic comedy may have seemed like a no-brainer after seeing their palpable chemistry in the Ocean’s Eleven franchise. Now, moviegoers will get to see Roberts and Clooney reunite in Ticket to Paradise. Surprisingly, this film will be both stars’ first rom-com in years. Of course, Roberts was the queen of the genre in the ’90s, with hit after hit. At the time, critics and fans tended to look down on the genre. Playing such an instrumental role in the genre’s success, the Oscar winner chose to defend 1990s romantic comedies.

Julia Roberts was the face of romantic comedies in the 1990s with her resumé including Pretty Woman, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and Notting Hill. Looking back on the 1990s rom-com boom, Julia Roberts mentioned how under-appreciated the genre’s success and abundance while pointing out that these films were more effort than they appeared. She explained to The New York Times about why it’s so hard to keep romantic comedies unpredictable.

I think we didn’t appreciate the bumper crop of romantic comedies that we had then. You don’t see all the effort and puppet strings because it’s fun and sweet and people are laughing and kissing and being mischievous. This is a genre that I love to participate in and watch, and I think they are hard to get right. There is a really simple math to it, but how do you make it special? How do you keep people interested when you can kind of predict what is coming?

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