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My Life in Ruins (2009)

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

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Alexis Georgoulis ...
Poupi
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Kim
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Sophie Stuckey ...
Caitlin
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Lala
María Adánez ...
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Natalie O'Donnell ...
Sue
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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 »

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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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Mi vida en ruinas  »

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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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Ian Gomez, who appears as the creepy Hotel Clerk, is the real life husband of Nia Vardalos. See more »

Goofs

In the shot with the foosball table, a boom mic can be seen at the top of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Georgia: [to Procopi] So I have rules. You cannot speed, you cannot smoke and you cannot eat while driving...
[when he just looks at her]
Georgia: Great. You don't speak english.
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References 300 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Ta Pedia Tou Pirea
(1960)
Nusic by Manos Hatzidakis (as Manos Hadjidakis)
Eglish Lyrics by Billy Towne
Published by EMI Unart Catalog, Inc. (BMI)
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Tour B
15 August 2009 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Sometimes, as in the case of actress/writer Nia Vardalos, it pays to have good friends such as Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. They were instrumental in backing her projects, that paid big, as was the case with "My Big Fat Greek Wedding", which the actress wrote and starred in 2002. Alas, not having any doubts about her hidden talents, her latest film will not add anything to her resume.

"My Life in Ruins", directed by Daniel Petrie, is a movie full of clichés. Written for the screen by Mike Reiss, who has worked a lot on television. This film is a rehash of other movies that capitalized on being travelogues where the action is placed as an after thought. Usually, the plot involves different characters from different walks of life, sharing some moments in a bus, a train, or a jet liner, where the scenery is more important than what is happening within the film.

We are grateful we watched the film on a flight and didn't have to pay. This film is full of stereotypes with a minimum amount of laughs. Curiously, some of the exteriors that appear in the film are actually of sunny Spain instead of the Greek locations one assumed were used.


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