Gary Starke can get his hands on just about anything: floor level seats at a Knicks game, entrance to an exclusive art gallery or first-row concert tickets. But the one thing Gary can't seem to get is the girl of his dream... more »s. Join OscarĀ(r) nominee* Andy Garcia and the lovely Andie MacDowellas they gamble against the odds in the game of love in this wonderfully funny romantic comedy. Longtime New York con man Gary (Garcia) is a king among scam artists but a loser in life. The only thing he has going for him is Linda (MacDowell), a stunning chef-in-the-making with a soft spot for underdogs. But even Linda isn't a sure thing when she's accepted into a Parisian cooking school,and decides it's time to leave the city and Gary! Now this streetwise hustler must pull out all the stops and turn on all the charm if he ever hopes to win his way back into her heart!« less
Sharon F. (Shar) from HIALEAH, FL Reviewed on 2/8/2019...
A little different twist on the typical love story. Great acting and fun to watch. Highly recommend.
Leah G. (Leahbelle) from NIPOMO, CA Reviewed on 4/15/2012...
This was a lot of fun to watch. Andy Garcia is great, there's lot of good humor, a splash of romance, some troubling moments and a good ending. What more could you ask for?
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Rob L. (RobNJo) from HOUSTON, TX Reviewed on 2/14/2009...
Not bad, really. There are a few memorable characters, even if the plot is a bit predictable in that standard hollywood way.
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Just a cute movie...
mariea stella | philadelphia, pa United States | 08/06/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nothing heavy here! This is one movie I enjoyed with Andy in because he does show a comedic side to himself. He is actually quite good in this and Andie Mcdowell is just as cute as she can be. This is a chick flick, especially if you are an Andy fan. A light romantic comedy with a sprinkle a seriousness thrown in for good measure."
Andy & Andie: Two Stars Really Shine... and That's All About
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 03/04/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Our editorial review tells me that "Just the Ticket" was dumped into theater in the winter of 1999; well, Japanese release was much worse. It never received a theatrical release, going straight to video, and worse still, we had to wait until February of 2002! Does this lukewarm reception mean two stars' recent career decline? Whatever the reason may be, "Just the Ticket" is not as bad as those cold reaction suggests. The best part of the film is, surprise! the two leading stars. Andy Garcia is well-cast as a ticket scalper with cute "puppy's eyes" while Andie MacDowell succeeds in exuding enough sexual chemistry to convince you that they were, and are going to be, lovers. Whenever those two likable actors share the screen, the film sparks with fire ... in the bedroom, in the kitchen, and wherever they are. I don't know how many faithful fans are watching this, but they deserve a chance to play a big role (no more "Town and Country" for Andie, please) in the film again.Negative impressions of this romantic comedy come from, I think, two following reasons: supporting players and overlong script. Except for the good performance of Richard Bradford's Benny, who is clearly playing a losing game in front of powerful newcomers, none is memorable. And the film's tone is very uneven; it sometimes takes itself too seriously to be philosophical, but at other places it resorts to incredibly silly things -- see Andy Garcia disguised as ... a nun, for instance. No wonder the studio could not be confident in its release.As a whole decent romantic comedy, "Just the Ticket" manages to deliver what movie fans who love this genre want to see. And the dog is cute, too. We have no fresh insider look on the world of ticket scalpers, nothing new as a romantic comedy, but two leads are so good that it is hardly possible for me to nag, though maybe I should."
Shallow but fair entertainment
Fettastic | Madison, WI USA | 08/12/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this because my girlfriend loves Andy Garcia. I really enjoyed his performance in the very powerful "When a MAn Loves a Woman", so I took a chance on this. I can't say I was pleasantly surprised, but I was reminded of the breadth of ability of Andy Garcia. Andy McDowell plays the character she is in every movie. The semi-cold distracted career woman who just wants to be swept off her feet. Andy plays Jerry the ticket scalper. The plot really revolves around the Pope coming to town and Jerrys efforts to get tickets. There is a new scalper in town who, with all of his contacts and payoffs, threatens to muscle out Jerry. In a good performance by Jerry's sidekick, the has-been boxer, he relates the link between Jerry and Andie McDowell. Andie's character and Jerry are both afraid that Jerry will end up like him. This is a typical bubble gum romance between a woman who is worried about her future with a man who only sees today."
Andy Garcia is THE MAN!
A. Nelson | Los Angeles, CA | 03/27/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I rented this movie and after watching it, I knew I had to own it. Andy Garcia is so charming in this (as well as drop dead gorgeous) - it's too bad he isn't offered more comedy roles. He was great in this as was the rest of the cast. I really enjoyed the storyline. And those eyes - ouch! I hope his wife appreciates what she gets to wake up next to every day."