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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Great little film

Author: BroadswordCallinDannyBoy from Boston, MA
8 June 2006

3 men well into their adulthood and facing problems - ranging from an unfaithful wife to gambling debts - decide to take a road trip to the Superbowl after one of them unexpectedly wins tickets in a raffle. What results is a coming of age story with a certain twist.

Twist in that these men have already come of age - they are adults, working, tending the family, and all of life's problems. The coming of age comes in that they are men locked in their past, still reminiscing of the good old days when they were young and life was easy, fun, and there was little, if anything, to complain about. One was a star athlete, one a musician, one the class valedictorian. But then, somewhere down the line it just dissolved away and they are now working dead-end jobs, which they obviously don't like, and life is... bland. Completely unlike before.

Very well written, acted, and directed with a strong focus on the characters and often gut-bustingly funny the film presents one of life's most valuable, though not most obvious lessons: life will not live itself for you, you have to live your life.

Props to first time director D.B. Sweeney. 10/10

Not Rated as of yet, but has occasional profanity/crude dialog and some humorous drug use.

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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful:

Dirt Nap

Author: Tammie Edgerly ( from Germany
5 March 2006

Loved the movie. Got to view it for free over at my military base in Germany. I will see it again and have no problem paying to go see it next time around. The movie was funny, touching as well as relatable. I enjoyed the bond of the men in the movie. I felt connected to them. Each character had painful things going on in their lives, but the strength of friendship along with encouragement to do better and be better was especially nice to see. Too often we see others be encouraged to be hurtful and destructive. You didn't see it here. It was written well. The acting was fantastic. I felt like I was watching friends having a great time. Nothing looked forced.

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12 out of 20 people found the following review useful:

The Cadillac of buddy films

Author: street-13 ( from SF, CA
19 June 2006

I attended the Tremblant film festival in Canada recently. A film written, directed and starring D.B. Sweeney was premiering. Walking in to the theater I expected to just walk in and sit down, but who do I see? The man himself D.B. Sweeney in the flesh. I told him that I had come from SF to see his movie and he gave me a big handshake and a smile. He's a very approachable nice guy. He took the time to chat with me for a few minutes before the show. I won't give away any of the film, but I will say this. Poignant, insightful, funny, and my girlfriend cried at the end. The Cadillac of buddy films straight from the heart and soul of a great guy. Great title too. SUPPORT THIS FILM!

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15 out of 27 people found the following review useful:

Screened w/ D.B. Sweeney!

Author: jim_cookman from Germany
2 March 2006

D.B. Sweeney is traveling overseas with the USO allowing service-members to screen Dirt Nap. I got the opportunity to watch the film with D.B. and about 30 others in Idar-Oberstein, Germany.

The movie was well written with some great one-liners (some are raunchy, but not gratuitous). A "late-in-life-coming-of-age" film that shows the that some friendships do endure; success in life requires more than minimal effort; and anything goes good with 42 beers. Funny yet poignant, the movie tugs at the heartstrings at times and knocks you in the funny bone at others. I found myself laughing out loud during quite a few scenes. D.B. validates himself as a writer/director/producer with this film. Do yourself a favor and go watch it (when it gets released, that is).

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

Nothing Special

Author: shimyyuh from United States
1 February 2008

This movie was an all around uninspiring film. It was a non-moving story that definitely does not get you thinking anything other then where is all the strong moving material the other critics say about the film The 3 main actors are good, and there is a few laughs but once again it becomes another movie that you keep watching in hopes of it getting better and it just doesn't. I watched this movie last night and wished that we hadn't wasted our precious time (while baby is sleeping) watching this film.

I plan not to recommend this to my family and friends, as well as obviously anyone looking to rent it. I was pretty much non-impressed with everything about this film.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

A Coming Of Age Optimistic Film

Author: Desertman84 from United States
20 December 2014

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

After their team up in the 1992 sports romantic comedy The Cutting Edge,the reunion between D.B.Sweeney and Moira Kelly finally happened after 14 years in this movie entitled,"Two Tickets To Paradise". The story revolves around three life-long friends in their 40's that are in search for themselves as they face problems of their own.

Mark has developed a serious gambling problem that is beginning to affect his marriage.McGriff cannot let go of his dream of becoming a famous rock star despite having a supportive and beautiful but unfaithful spouse.Finally,Jason refuse to mature and still lives with his parents.This made them go to a trip together and try in search for life answers that will help them find answers in life.

This film written and directed by D.B. Sweeney was basically had great moments but never got into a satisfying whole.Too bad that D.B. Sweeney's reunion with Moira Kelly did not result into a good film similar to The Cutting Edge.They barely had scenes together and Moira was barely a presence.Nevertheless,it will still manage to provide good entertainment especially to those who love coming of age films.Added to that,it will be appreciated by those who are experiencing difficulties and want to see a movie that will give them hope amidst life's difficulties.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Two Tickets To Paradise - not what you think it will be

Author: Mmonroe672 from Birmingham, AL
8 December 2011

If you're looking for big budget Hollywood, this movie's not for you. If you're looking for angst ridden sad ending for the sake of sad ending - ditto.

However, if you want something that's fun, endearing, a little off kilter and ultimately redemptive - you've found he right movie.

I enjoyed the lack of formula and some strong emotional performances, inserted artfully in this potentially formulaic "on the road" genre. I enjoyed it because when you watched, it really wasn't formulaic at all, and Two Tix was surprisingly poignant delivering the (non- preachy but clear) messages on friendship, and manhood, marriage and family.

Kudos to DB, and though we didn't see a whole lot of her or like her a lot in this film, Moira still has it.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Not bad, but don't go in expecting a hilarious comedy

Author: sparkle_dazzle from United Kingdom
31 January 2011

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I got this film from Amazon not knowing anything about it other than John C McGinley was in it and that was my reason for buying it. So, when the DVD arrived, I read the synopsis on the back to see what it was about and it boasted all sorts of 'hilarious' adventures like the film was some wacky comedy.

When I started to watch it, I didn't feel like I was watching anything too hilarious or wacky but thought once the road trip started it would be funnier. However that wasn't the case. The film in my eyes, is misrepresented as a hilarious road movie. I think it's got some nice, funny moments, great acting but I don't think it's been labelled correctly and I think that will make some people miss this film when they'd likely enjoy it. It's a lot more serious than I thought it would be, especially the story arc involving the character Mark. I do have one or two slight niggles with it. I found it hard to see any chemistry between McGinley's character and the actress who played his wife. She seemed so cold, even when she was supposed to be concerned and loving and that made it hard to care much about their relationship. The kid playing their son was obviously picked for his 'cute boy' look and his lines were a little too syrupy sweet for my liking. I also found it annoying that upon reaching the films conclusion, the character of Jason was omitted from having anything after the hospital scene. We see what becomes of the other two characters but there's no follow up with him which seems like we shouldn't even care about that character. Why have him in the film if in the end, it doesn't really matter what happened to him?

Besides from that, it is a good film and the main three actors are great in their roles. It's nice that the film is allowed to just coast. It never drags on and the conversations seem realistic and genuine, as the characters themselves do. But ultimately, people getting this film based on how it's been sold, I think could be disappointed. If you expect 'hilarious road trip' I think you'll be disappointed. But if you go in wanting something a little bit more genuine from a film, then this won't disappoint.

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Great start to a writing and directing career for D.B. Sweeney

Author: Moose from United States
23 October 2007

A great comedy with a lot of funny scenes delivered by some great actors...John C. McGinley, Ed Harris, D.B....Even a surprise cameo by Chris Chelios for NHL fans! Would have better for the movie if there had been some more money available for the special effects. A great sound track goes along with the movie with songs from Bruce Springsteen and Dire Straits to name a few. A studio needs to pick the movie up and distribute it so the rest of the world can witness the great script writing by Brian Currie and D.B. Sweeney. Can't wait to see what those two can do when they get some real money behind a project. Can you say "And the Oscar goes too..?"

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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

perfect combination of human emotions. laughter to sorrow to joy outstanding work

Author: billybuddrm-1 from United Kingdom
21 November 2007

To be truthful when I watched this movie I began thinking here we go with yet another road trip pile of cliché's. I was so wrong! This sweet little movie combines so many human emotions to take the viewer along life's troubled road, laughing out loud and then truly feeling for the men with their individual issues that constantly simmer throughout. Mcginnley is fantastic and gives a performance second to none. In summary, I laughed out loud on way more than one occasion. I related to the 3 men and understood their individual strengths and weaknesses. I strongly believe that this movie will touch the heart of all that watch it and the raw truth weaves it's way through the movie perfectly.

I loved it!!

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