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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZU5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #824,226 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

This movie made me laugh and cry.
Bite Me
A light romantic comedy with a sprinkle a seriousness thrown in for good measure.
mariea stella
He was great in this as was the rest of the cast.
A. Nelson

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Marcel Morejon on August 25, 2000
Format: DVD
I was pleasantly surprised when I saw this film on cable for the first time. What surprises me is how underrated this film is. This is a story about a ticket scalper, (which I don't remember seeing to often in other movies)and his troubles trying to get his life together for his love interest. The film offers a unique insight to the world of the "ticket scalper", which although not a big crime, it is a crime. Living in the city I my self have witnessed the ticket scalper on many occasions, and trust me, the hustle and bustle life style portraid in this film is for real. Being the film buff that I am, I've seen all of Andy Garcia's films, and I feel that his performance in this film is one of his best. Just the ticket contains, Drama, Romance, Comedy and best of all Garcia's charm.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mariea stella on August 5, 2001
Format: DVD
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tsuyoshi on March 4, 2002
Format: VHS Tape
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Nelson on March 26, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Coffee Drinker on January 13, 2010
Format: DVD
I saw this film at the Idyllwild Film Festival when it was entitled "The Scalper." I did not consider it a romantic comedy all the way through as the later trailers certainly depicted it under its new name, "Just The Ticket." Some of the panning reviews this film received may have been due to expectations that it would be a romantic comedy start to finish. Well, I just didn't see it that way.

Although there are romantic moments and comedic moments in most films, I saw this film more as a serious portrayal of a likeable small time crook in New York City making his precarious living as a ticket scalper with absolutely no identification at all. I think Garcia and McDowell were perfectly cast, with Garcia exhibiting soft, serious moments as a dramatic actor as well as subtle, comedic moments when the film eventually climaxed as the romantic comedy of its ultimate billing.

Richard Bradford was surprising and amazing as "Benny," Garcia's father figure--a wonderful, gripping portrayal of a past-it former jock whose rejection by Garcia results in a gut-wrenching, heart-wrenching scene.

Laura Harris was riveting as "Cyclops," Garcia's long-time druggie friend. Her serious and consuming portrayal allowed Garcia's soft, dramatic side to shine. At the film festival, the sad belief was that her entire role would have to be eliminated due to time contraints. I am grateful that that did not happen.

Now I realize that I want to own this film. I wish I could purchase it under its original name.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Fettastic on August 12, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
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.
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