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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Falling in Love...In All the Wrong Places See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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

Gross USA:

$8,662,318
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Company Credits

Production Co:

26 Films, Kanzaman See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rachel Dratch and Nia Vardelos were in Second City improvisers together. See more »

Goofs

There are many scenes where you can see clearly they were filmed in Spain, not in Greece. Most noticeable, the hotel they stay at the night before going to the beach is the HOTEL MIRAMAR ("sea view" in Spanish). Also the phone in the room is Spanish, some of the machines used in a close-by job-site belong to a Spanish rental company. See more »

Quotes

Irv: You know how you like to get up in front of everybody and bore us?
Georgia: [dryly] Please go on.
Irv: I have a very exciting idea. Why don't you try entertaining everybody?
Georgia: Irv, how am I gonna do that?
Irv: History has got a lot of dirty stories. Sex sells.
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Connections

References 300 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy
(2006)
Written by David Mullen, Jamie Moore, Ayiesha Woods
Performed by Ayiesha Woods
Published by Funkabilly Music (ASCAP) Who's JO (ASCAP),
Administered by Bug (ASCAP
Emack Music/Original Peace Music/Jamnu Music (ASCAP)
(Administered by EMI CMG Publishing)
Courtesy of Gotek Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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This movie is funnnny!
14 April 2009 | by faeriebettSee all my reviews

For the past week it feels like Greece cannot stop talking about this film! I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend to the world premiere in Athens (am Greek-American, grew up in Baltimore, married here, so living in Athens for about five years.) The Premiere was an elegant occasion with a private reception with delicious food. The audience of about 1500 people went crazy for this film. They laughed and laughed and clapped and everyone I talked to said they wanted to see it again. This movie has captured the joy of life in this country I love. But just like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you don't have to be Greek to like it. It is such a funny movie and beautiful to look at. All the actors do a great job and Nia and Alexis are very romantic together. When they look at each other, you actually believe they're a couple (I know they're not!!) Just like with the first movie, I know Greeks can laugh at themselves (I was there, I heard them laughing like crazy!! Of course, there are always insecure people in this world but I think those type of people get offended by anything so who cares?) so I am sure the movie will do well here, and also in every country because it is a movie about tourists and traveling and being able to fall in love when you think there isn't a chance for you anymore. All I can say is, once again, Vardalos got it right."


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