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 <>

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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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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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Irv's dead wife Elinor is played by Rita Wilson, who is also one of the executive producers, along with her husband Tom Hanks. See more »


Chocolate ice cream spills on Georgia's blue jacket. First near her right side lapel, then on her left. But in a later scene, there is a chocolate stain only on her right side. Yet another scene: no chocolate stains. See more »


Maria: By the way, Spiros eloped with that girl with no foot.
Georgia: [going through the mail] Excellent!
Georgia: Why?
Georgia: I'm being sarcastic.
Maria: You're not funny. Stop trying.
Georgia: Who's my new driver? Not Themio.
Maria: He's in jail. You got the substitute. Procopi.
Georgia: [as her come through the side door, with her back to him] The creepy, hairy, creepy guy?... He's right behind me, isn't he?
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Features Zorba the Greek (1964) See more »


Emotional Score
Written by Laurent Juillet
Published by Kosinus APM (ASCAP)
Courtesy of APM Music
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A Guilty Pleasure
5 August 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

My Life in Ruins is corny, clichéd, predictable and a totally fun way to spend an afternoon. Every now then a movie will come along and change your life. This is not one of those movies. It is not highly original or well acted but it is a funny and feel good film. My Life in Ruins is about tour guide Georige (Nia Vardalos) who is bored with her job, disappointed with life and generally just too uptight. Thanks to a tour passenger Irv (Richard Deyfuss) who takes on a guardian angel role and a sexy "ugly swan" bus driver (Alexis Georgoulis), Georgie begins to look at life on a whole new level. Some of this movie is a little one dimensional. The Australian tourist whose singular role in the movie is to prove no one can understand us and that we like drinking way too much were a little corny. However, none of this stops the movie from being funny, fun and really entertaining. Vardolos continues to be a delight on screen and her co-star Alexis Georgoulis is really really hot. My advice is see this film, take along some high fat snacks and don't feel guilty about either. After all, as the film preaches life is too short to do anything else.

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