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My Life in Ruins (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  5 June 2009 (USA)
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A travel guide rediscovers her romantic side on a trip around Greece.



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Georgia is an American academic who's lost her teaching job in Athens. She's taken a job as a tour guide, but she hates it and it shows: the tourists, mostly American, are bored with history and facts; they want to shop. Every group has a goofy couple, a frat boy, a sullen teen, a feuding couple, divorcées looking for a mate, and a funny guy. This group is no exception, plus there's no air conditioning and a bearded silent driver. Thanks to an unlikely friendship, plus daisies, an ice-cream cone, the history of syrup, and the Oracle at Delphi, Georgia may have a shot at finding her kefi during this four-day tour. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Falling in Love...In All the Wrong Places See more »


Comedy | Romance

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi vida en ruinas  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,223,161 (USA) (5 June 2009)


$8,662,318 (USA) (28 August 2009)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although this film is not a sequel to My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), the Italian title was changed into "Le mie grosse grasse vacanze greche" ("My Big Fat Greek Holidays") thus adding confusion on this being a completely new film. See more »


After the mystical visit to Delphi and the oracle, the evening scene is down at a port with a white Greek church high on the mountain like on the Greek Island of Tinos. There is no way to come down from the ancient ruins of Delphi and sit at the sea port of Tinos. See more »


Lena: [to Irv, as he acts as the Oracle] Why did my husbands cheat on?
Irv: It wasn't you he cheated. Some men cheat themselves out of living a life with a woman they love.
Lena: Thank you.
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References Jeopardy! (1984) See more »


Blue Skies
Written by Irving Berlin
Published by Irving Berlin Music Company (ASCAP)
Performed by Guy Moon
Sung a bit by Richard Dreyfuss (uncredited)
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Definitely worth seeing...
16 April 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film at a screening and it was fun and made me laugh and remember why we go to the movies-to be entertained. It's a timeless sweet and romantic story, with a lot of humorous moments throughout. The cast is centered by the talented Nia Vardalos, who effortlessly brings a very different, yet still enjoyable, character to life than in previous films. As Georgia, Vardalos once again displays her uncanny ability to portray a relatable character, and reinforces why we love her. The supporting cast was also great, and their characters were so real and typical and funny that I felt like this was written about a tour bus I was once on. I'm sure many people have either encountered people like them before or are related to someone like them. Alexis G, the bus driver was like a modern Greek God, and I couldn't believe his talent as an actor actually matched his good looks.

Anyone who sees this film will find something to laugh at, because the humor in this film can be appreciated no matter where you're from. And following them along their journey through the astoundingly beautiful Greece and it's historic sights, is icing on the cake. Not only would it be worth the price of the movie ticket to see this movie, but it might just make you want to buy a ticket to Greece. I know it made me want to.

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