My Life in Ruins

June 5th, 2009


My Life in Ruins

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A travel guide rediscovers her romantic side on a trip around Greece.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 5.8/10 (7,542 voted)

Critic's Score: 34/100

Director: Donald Petrie

Stars: Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Rachel Dratch

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.

Nia Vardalos - Georgia
Richard Dreyfuss - Irv
Alexis Georgoulis - Poupi Kakas
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 - Lena
Brian Palermo - Marc
Jareb Dauplaise - Gator
Simon Gleeson - Ken
Natalie O'Donnell - Sue

Taglines: Falling in Love...In All the Wrong Places


Official Website: Official site |

Release Date: 5 June 2009

Filming Locations: Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: €492,434 (Greece) (31 May 2009) (120 Screens)

Gross: $8,662,318 (USA) (30 August 2009)

Technical Specs

Runtime: USA:  | Germany: (European Film Market)

Did You Know?

The song Georgia sings on the beach is "Never on Sunday", the only Greek Oscar winning song, from Never on Sunday.

Continuity: Chocolate ice cream spills on Nia'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.

Kim: Oh, Al, honey. We gotta get to the room. I'm ovulating. Like now!
Big Al: Kimmy, you know I can't perform on command like that. That's not natural.

User Review

Definitely worth seeing...

Rating: 8/10

I saw this film at a screening and it was fun and made me laugh and remember why we go to the movies-to be entertained. It's a timeless sweet and romantic story, with a lot of humorous moments throughout. The cast is centered by the talented Nia Vardalos, who effortlessly brings a very different, yet still enjoyable, character to life than in previous films. As Georgia, Vardalos once again displays her uncanny ability to portray a relatable character, and reinforces why we love her. The supporting cast was also great, and their characters were so real and typical and funny that I felt like this was written about a tour bus I was once on. I'm sure many people have either encountered people like them before or are related to someone like them. Alexis G, the bus driver was like a modern Greek God, and I couldn't believe his talent as an actor actually matched his good looks.

Anyone who sees this film will find something to laugh at, because the humor in this film can be appreciated no matter where you're from. And following them along their journey through the astoundingly beautiful Greece and it's historic sights, is icing on the cake. Not only would it be worth the price of the movie ticket to see this movie, but it might just make you want to buy a ticket to Greece. I know it made me want to.


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