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My Life in Ruins (2009)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance | 5 June 2009 (USA)
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A disgruntled tour guide in Greece gains an unexpected new outlook on life thanks to one of the people on what she intends to be her last tour.


Donald Petrie


Mike Reiss
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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 ... 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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


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


When the bus is first leaving at the start of the film, the Australian couple keep changing seats between shots. 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: The creepy, hairy, creepy guy?
[behind her, Procopi sips his coffee]
Georgia: He's right behind me, isn't he?
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.109 (2010) See more »


Performed by Guy Moon
Written by Guy Moon
Published by Moon People Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Guy Moon
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User Reviews

Not her best work
7 June 2009 | by HeiressSee all my reviews

Sorry, Nia. I'm a fan....but this movie falls pretty flat. The comedy writing is contrived and predictable. There were some laugh out loud moments. But they were too few and far between. Most of the characters are cardboard cut-outs. They are unbelievable and obnoxious. And the story? Well, we've seen it a million times before. Richard Dreyfuss is the HIGHLIGHT of this film. It is in scenes with Nia and Dreyfuss that the movie shines. The scene at the beach was so brief but so powerful...Dreyfuss makes the most of those brief moments. The scenery,however,is fantastic! To see the ruins of Greece on the big screen...what a treat. Overall, I felt this movie was trying way too hard to be funny....much like the tour guide in the movie. Wait for it to come out on video.

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English | Greek

Release Date:

5 June 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

My Life in Ruins See more »

Filming Locations:

Acropolis, Athens, Greece See more »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,223,161, 7 June 2009

Gross USA:


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Company Credits

Production Co:

26 Films, Kanzaman See more »
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Technical Specs


| (European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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