Just the Ticket (1999) - Rotten Tomatoes

Just the Ticket (1999)




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Gary Starke (Andy Garcia) was an orphan living on the streets at 13 who grew up to preside over a crew of street hustlers as the grand master of ticket scalpers. Charming, savvy, and honorable, Gary seems beloved by everyone until Linda (Andie MacDowell), the love of his life, dumps him. Tired of Gary's unreliability after eight years, Linda takes a scholarship to the Cordon Bleu in Paris to fulfill her dream of becoming a master chef. Gary, in a tailspin, is determined to win Linda back. However, his hated rival, Casino, chooses this moment of weakness to move in on Gary's position on the streets. Gary wants to fight, but Linda may never return to him if he continues scalping. A surprise announcement is made. Pope John Paul II will come to New York to perform Easter Mass at Yankee Stadium. It's Gary's big chance. With one last big score, he can quit scalping and win Linda back. Yet Casino (and the law) still stands in his way. Gary turns to his mentor, Benny (Richard Bradford), for guidance. With his help, Gary may find a different path around his desperation and win back the woman he loves.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Wenk
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 15, 2001
MGM Home Entertainment


Andy Garcia
as Gary Starke
Andie MacDowell
as Linda Palinski
Laura Harris
as Cyclops
Elizabeth Ashley
as Mrs. Palinski
Patrick Breen
as San Diego Vinnie
Ronald Guttman
as Gerrard, Culinary Di...
Ron Leibman
as Barry The Book
Louis Mustillo
as Harry The Head
Irene Worth
as Mrs. Haywood
Joe Frazier
as Himself
Sullivan Cooke
as `Blinker'
Anita Elliott
as Refund Lady at the M...
Michael Willis
as TV Customer
Jack Cafferty
as Newscaster
Molly Wenk
as Catholic Schoolgirl ...
Daniella Garica-Lori...
as Catholic Schoolgirl ...
Helen Carey
as Food Critic
Bobo Lewis
as Mrs. Dolmatch
Brian Schwary
as College Kid in Jail
Davenia McFadden
as Social Security Chec...
Lenny Venito
as Stanley
Richard Wenk
as `Good Call Johnny' D...
George Palermo
as Undercover Cop
Anthony DeSando
as Kenny Paliski
Robert Castle
as Uncle Donald
Sully Boyar
as Uncle Tony
Brandon Luis Aponte
as Maury, Funeral Dire...
Joe Drago
as Father V. Crespo
Alfredo Álvarez Cald...
as Yankee Stadium Secur...
Gene Greytak
as The Pope
Bill Irwin
as Ray Charles
John Tormey
as Taxi Cab Driver
Michael Higgins
as Confessional Priest
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Critic Reviews for Just the Ticket

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | April 5, 2002
Globe and Mail
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Full Review… | February 26, 1999
Entertainment Weekly
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Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Just the Ticket


Although filled with recognizable names and faces, and a unique premise (ticket scalper makes good ... you don't see that every day), this one is simply death by formula: you see everything coming from a mile away. And so its no great shakes when it finally arrives. Wait until you've nothing better to do.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Another surprising film I've seen lately. You've probably never heard of this one: A ticket scalper (Andy Garcia) going nowhere in life figures he can turn his life around and win back his girlfriend by nabbing tickets to the Pope's address at Yankee Stadium. Yeah, I know. Still, give this one a chance, and you won't regret it. There's a freshness that is usually completely absent in most romantic comedies, ruined in part by an unbelievably bland MacDowell. Kudos to Garcia, though - you can't help but empathize and symapthize with his character. I mean, everybody wants proof that they exist. :)

Jessica van der Sloot

Super Reviewer


This film may have some mixed reviews, but I feel that it is a very enjoyable "sleeper" film. The premise of the film is that Gary Starke (Andy Garcia) is a ticket scalper in New York City in a relationship with Linda Palinski (Andie MacDowell). I'm going to purposefully not say much more about the plot, rather just a few observations. If you feel compelled even remotely, you should definitely see the film yourself. The film seems to have developed a fairly enthusiastic following. On some level it's a somewhat nostalgic, feel good movie using its New York City setting to good effect and a film which seems to be conscious of other films set in New York City. Other people have noted this but when you see Andy Garcia's character Gary Starke, Al Pacino may cross your mind. The film brought to mind Game 6, another film involving New York City and baseball, though that film came out in 2005, much after the release date of 1999 for Wenk's film. I consider Just the Ticket to be pretty unique, especially as far as romantic comedies go. That said, it does sort of tap into a certain vibe in movies involving big cities like New York, baseball, and tried and true themes like romance and church, while maintaining a likable charm amidst the ups and downs of the plot arc. I'm normally not a big fan of romantic comedy type films at all, but I recommend that people see this movie. It's good and you'll probably be glad you did. Check out the user comments also on IMDb to get a sense of the praise this film has received from viewers.

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