The 1990s may not have been The Golden Age of romantic comedies, but they were close.
Just ask Julia Roberts, who starred in a few of them — with perhaps Pretty Woman being the rom-com of all rom-coms.
“I think we didn’t appreciate the bumper crop of romantic comedies that we had then,” she told the New York Times in an interview that also included George Clooney. “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.”
Well, guess what?
Roberts, 54, is back in a new rom-com, Ticket to Paradise, which also stars Clooney. The pair plays a divorced couple who is traveling to their daughter’s wedding. Both good and bad fireworks ensue.
Julia Roberts in Ticket to Paradise
“This is a genre that I love to participate in and watch, and I think they are hard to get right,” Roberts said. “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?”
If anyone should know, it’s Roberts. Along with Pretty Woman, she has starred in the likes of Runaway Bride, Notting Hill, America’s Sweethearts, Duplicity and Mother’s Day. You could even make the case that Roberts is the Queen of the Rom-Com.
Clooney, for one, seemed to recognize this and said he was happy to co-star with Roberts in Ticket to Paradise because of it.
“They sent me the script, and it was clearly written for Julia and I,” he said. “In fact, the characters’ names were originally Georgia and Julian. I hadn’t really done a romantic comedy since One Fine Day — I haven’t succeeded like Julia has in that forum — but I read it and thought, ‘Well, if Jules is up for it, I think this could be fun.'”