Two separated parents, David (Clooney) and Georgia Cotton (Roberts) are two parents separated and on bad terms and are forced to reunite for the only beloved daughter, Lily (Kaitlyn Dever), who still inevitably unites them. David is a super successful architect and experienced tombeur de femme, while Georgia is an important gallery owner engaged in an improbable love story with a pilot who is younger than her (and this would certainly not be a limit), but too less smart. Lily, on the other hand, is an ordinary girl who, during her post-graduate vacation in Bali, met Gede (Maxime Bouttier), a more than wealthy, handsome and friendly seaweed farmer with equally perfect parents, just like the island where they live. For the couple still full of grudges ready to come out at the slightest opposition, a common mission: to prevent their daughter in love, and just graduated in law, from throwing away her life for a summer love. Will they make it?
George Clooney and Julia Roberts have already worked together in four films,
“Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘Ocean’s Twelve’ and in the thriller ‘Money Monster’
, the latest in chronological order, released six years ago. The two actors are linked by a long friendship and have told al NY Times how difficult it was to shoot the kiss scene: “To shoot the scene of our only kiss, in the film, it took 80 takes”, Clooney said, while Roberts underlined: “It took actually 79 takes of us laughing and then the one of us kissing”.
“Our roles were written clearly for us by Ol Parker, who originally gave the characters names of Georgia and Julian,” revealed George Clooney, wryly admitting: “I haven’t done a romantic comedy since ‘One Day for chance’, but I thought, if Jules is ready, I think it could be fun…”.
Principal photography took place between November 2021 and February 2022 in Queensland, Australia and was halted in January due to the increase in cases of Covid-19. Julia Roberts said that Clooney kept her company when she was forced to separate from her husband Danny Moder and their three children to move to Australia for the production of the film: “The Clooneys saved me from complete loneliness and despair. We were like in bell jar and it was the longest time I’ve lived away from my family. I don’t think I’ve spent that much time alone since I was 25.” Meanwhile, Roberts, before returning to romantic comedy, was always the protagonist during 2022 of the TV series “Gaslit”, on the Watergate scandal.