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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.

Director:

Donald Petrie

Writer:

Mike Reiss
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nia Vardalos ... Georgia
Richard Dreyfuss ... Irv
Alexis Georgoulis ... Poupi
Alistair McGowan ... Nico
Harland Williams ... Big Al
Rachel Dratch ... Kim
Caroline Goodall ... Dr. Tullen
Ian Ogilvy ... Mr. Tullen
Sophie Stuckey Sophie Stuckey ... Caitlin
María Botto ... Lala
María Adánez María Adánez ... Lena
Brian Palermo ... Marc
Jareb Dauplaise ... Gator
Simon Gleeson ... Ken
Natalie O'Donnell Natalie O'Donnell ... Sue
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Storyline

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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Taglines:

The most fun you can have without a passport. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Spain

Language:

English | Greek

Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi vida en ruinas See more »

Filming Locations:

Acropolis, Athens, Greece See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,223,161, 7 June 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,662,318, 30 August 2009
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Company Credits

Production Co:

26 Films, Kanzaman See more »
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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Georgia: Australians are the nicest people, but you can only understand about half of what they say.
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I Doyleia Kanei Toys Antres
Written by Manos Loïzos (as Manos Loizos) (AEPI/SACEM) & Lefteris Papadopoulos (AEPI/SUISA)
Performed by Manos Loïzos (as Manos Loizos) & Lefteris Papadopoulos
Courtesy of FM Records SA
By Arrangement with RipTide Music, Inc/The Audio Factory GmbH
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A Waste of Talent
18 February 2010 | by Movies505See 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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