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My Life in Ruins (2009)

 -  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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The Star of 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' is Finally Going to Greece. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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

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5 June 2009 (USA)  »

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$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$8,662,318 (USA) (28 August 2009)
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Nia Vardalos re-wrote the script based on Mike Reiss' draft, which was based on his frequent traveling experiences. See more »

Goofs

After the chocolate on blazer scene, the next day she wears the blazer with only barely visible chocolate stains, yet the following day the blazer again shows heavy chocolate stains. See more »

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Georgia: [on the bus, to her group] I'd like to apologize for my unprofessional attitude this morning. Have you ever had one of those days? Actually, it's been about a year.
[as he raises his hand]
Georgia: Yes, Irv.
Irv: Me too! I would like to apologize to everybody. It was my medication. I take Preparation H, 'cause I'm an asshole.
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Features Zorba the Greek (1964) See more »

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Blue Skies
(1926)
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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A Waste of Talent
18 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's easy to put your finger on what went wrong with My Life in Ruins. Director Vincent Sherman said, "More writers doesn't necessarily mean a better script. Usually it means just the opposite. It's not easy to put people together and make a successful collaboration."

You can almost feel the push and pull between the talented Nia Vardalos and writer Mike Reiss with this story of an American history professor – turned – travel guide to an annoying group of tourists. Vardalos, being Greek, no doubt added the very spot-on "Greekness" of the characters and enriched the story; while Reiss ruined the fun with his sophomoric writing and unfunny stereotypical characters. Hey, Mike, didn't they teach you at Harvard that stereotypes are a no-no? This ain't TV, Bubba, it's cinema!

If Reiss had been taken out of the equation, and Vardolas given the opportunity to run with the screenplay herself, My Life in Ruins would probably have been more enjoyable from start to finish. Checking track records, most television writers fail horribly crossing over to screen writing. Yet, they're given the job! When are producers going to wise up?

My Life in Ruins is like a picky eater trying a Greek salad for the first time. He picks out what he doesn't like, and enjoys the rest. So, dig into the talented team of Vardolos, Georgoulis, Stegers, and Dreyfuss, the beautiful Greek scenery, and the Greek way of life. The rest of the salad – flat dialogue and stereotypical characters – leave for the kitchen help to dispose of.


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