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  • A divorced couple teams up and travels to Bali to stop their daughter from making the same mistake they think they made 25 years ago.

  • David and Georgia, two divorced parents who can't stand each other, head to Bali after their daughter, Lily, announces her plans to marry a local islander she just met while on holiday. They decide to put aside their differences and work together to stop the wedding, believing that doing so will keep Lily from making a dreadful mistake similar to their own.

  • After an ill-starred five-year marriage, former college sweethearts David and Georgia divorced and have been dealing with loathing and resentment for the past 19 years. And as the bitter antagonists enjoy a carefree life away from each other, their daughter Lily, newly graduated from law school, drops a bombshell: she's getting married in four days to handsome Gede, eager to start afresh in Bali, Indonesia. As a result, simmering with restless irritation, Georgia and David agree to play along and devise a secret plan to sabotage the young couple's traditional Balinese wedding. However, there's something mysterious about exotic Bali. Can David and Georgia bury the hatchet for old times' sake?


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  • David and Georgia Cotton are a formerly married couple who hate each other and regret their marriage, which ended 20 years earlier. Their daughter Lily graduates from law school, and goes on vacation to Bali with her friend and fellow graduate Wren. While snorkeling off the coast, their tour boat leaves them behind, and they are rescued by a young Balinese seaweed farmer named Gede. Lily and Gede hit it off. 37 days later, Lily emails David and Georgia to let them know that she and Gede are getting married, and she is staying in Bali permanently, giving up her legal career before it begins. David and Georgia form a truce to try and convince Lily that she is rushing into things and making the same mistake that they had made. Their pilot on the flight to Bali turns out to be Paul, Georgia's boyfriend, who arranged to fly this flight and return to visit Georgia in Bali a few days later, as a surprise.

    David and Georgia give their verbal blessing to Lily and Gede, but secretly plan a "Trojan horse" strategy to sabotage the wedding from within. Their scheme includes stealing the couple's wedding rings, which the couple quickly replaces. Gede immediately suspects David and Georgia, but hides his suspicions from Lily. While carrying out this plan, David and Georgia begin to mend fences with one another. They also get to know Gede and his large extended family and come to see that he really does care for Lily. Paul shows up and surprises Georgia with a series of marriage proposals, the first of which is interrupted by a snake bite at the temple of Tanah Lot, and the second proposal is prevented by an accidental head-butt.

    When Lily discovers the stolen rings, she demands that they get on board with the wedding or go home. She also confronts Gede, who had simultaneously confessed his harbored suspicions toward David and Georgia stealing the rings. David and Georgia realize that they will lose Lily forever if they do not support her decision, and they decide to offer their support. The wedding proceeds in accordance with Balinese custom. As the couple prepares to ceremonially stab a dagger through a pandan-leaf mat to complete the bond of marriage, Gede pauses the wedding ceremony to ask David and Georgia to give their blessing sincerely this time, offering not to go through with it unless they agree. David stands up and says that the couple has their blessing, but that they do not really need it, and if he and Georgia had listened to all of their own detractors (David's friends and Georgia's parents, respectively), they never would have had Lily. And however their marriage turned out, they are both happier in a world with Lily in it. Lily and Gede are touched, and they complete the ceremony and get married.

    On the morning of the wedding, Georgia tells Paul that she cannot marry him, and they end their relationship. David and Georgia toy with romance again, even kissing each other once, before pulling away and laughing about it. David, Georgia, and Wren exchange tearful goodbyes with Lily and board a boat to leave. David and Georgia consider their romantic prospects again, debating aloud whether they are too old to feel young again, and when they might return to Bali. In a flash, they both decide to stay, jumping off the boat to return to the dock and decide to reconcile their feelings and stay in Bali full time to be close to Lily and Gede.

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