David and Georgia, two divorced parents who can't stand each other, head to Bali after their daughter, Lily, announces her plans to marry a local islander she just met while on holiday. They decide to put aside their differences and work together to stop the wedding, believing that doing so will keep Lily from making a dreadful mistake similar to their own.
The main characters are David Cotton (George Clooney), Georgia Cotton (Julia Roberts), his ex-wife and Lily Cotton (Kaitlyn Dever), their daughter. Maxime Bouttier played Lily’s fiancé, Gede. Lily meets Gede on her holiday between finishing her legal studies and starting her first job. She decides her life belongs on the island with him rather than in a big city but is suspicious her parents would try to prevent the wedding. Her parents’ plan to stop the wedding fall apart. They eventually realise they cannot live their daughter’s life and so support her marriage. When leaving the island after the wedding, they realise their mistake had not been getting married, but divorcing and jump off the boat taking them to the mainland to catch their flight home, heading back to the island. This was a scene some of the class thought did not make sense.
The film was nice light-hearted entertainment. There was no need for concentration. The interaction between the main characters worked well. The setting (mostly filmed in Queensland) was perfect for the storyline. Our conversation went on to the current concept of “helicopter parenting” where parents try to control the lives of their children.
It was rated as 3-4/5. A fun film, with nothing too deep.
Our next film class is on 14 December. We will be discussing the film “Mrs Harris Goes to Paris”. A widowed cleaning lady in 1950s London falls madly in love with a couture Dior dress and decides that she must have one of her own.