Immerse yourself in this sunny, uplifting romantic comedy starring OscarŽ nominee Nia Vardalos* (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Academy AwardŽ winner Richard Dreyfuss. Vardalos delivers a charming performance as Georgia, a ... more »recently laid-off ? though anything but laid-back ? history professor-turned-travel guide to a motley crew of hilariously crass tourists. Georgia is fed up and ready to give up ? until her new confidant Irv (Dreyfuss) opens her eyes and heart to a simple fact: There?s no finer way for a woman to find her kefi (a.k.a. mojo) than to lose herself in the arms of the ?Greek god? (Alexis Georgoulis) who?s been hiding right under her nose!
Audio: English: 5.1 Dolby Digital / French: Dolby Surround Language: Dubbed: English & French / Subtitled: English, French & Spanish Theatrical Aspect Ratio: Widescreen: 1.85:1« less
Marie L. (Carosell) from PRESCOTT, AZ Reviewed on 5/13/2017...
I am a fan of Nia Vardalos and her work. Richard Dreyfuss also added the humor to this movie. I like it very much for a light romantic comedy. Hope you get to enjoy it one day.
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John N. from EAU CLAIRE, WI Reviewed on 10/14/2015...
Enjoyable and somewhat predictable. It is still good for a popcorn movie evening.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 12/30/2014...
I loved this movie. I like Nia Vardalos, she did a good job.
David F. from EAST BERLIN, PA Reviewed on 10/26/2013...
Movie starts slow and continues to be slow, there are very few moments of comedy or laughing. The story ends good, but you have to stick with it pretty long.
Mary C. from ERIE, PA Reviewed on 8/22/2010...
As an academic and former tour guide who lived in Greece, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this movie! Fun, funny, charming, sweet, and gorgeous to look at.
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Meghan A. (bookreadera) Reviewed on 1/4/2010...
Earlier published reviews of this film stated disapointment that "this is no My Big Fat Greek Wedding." Well, it isn't. It's "My Life in Ruins." Romantic comedies are either more comedy/less romance (as my Big Fat...) or less comedy/more romance. "My Life in Ruins is the latter. There are some funny scenes, but for the most part, this is just a sweet romance with great scenery (mainly filmed in Spain, but beautiful anyway.) It's endearing. It's uplifting. It's fun. It's on my keeper shelf.
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See for yourself
L. Teach | California | 07/27/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Why are there so many critics in this world? This is a sweet, fun movie that opened up a chance for many to see places in Greece that can not be filmed for commercial reasons. Kudos to Nia for gaining approval to film in such fantastic places as Delphi, Olympia and at the Acropolis. This is the perfect movie for a light, summer night or for when you just need a "pick me up." See for yourself. Greece is a magical place and it was a delight to see it on the big screen. Nia is charming on and off screen and I think she is terrific. You go girl!"
Laugh out loud often!
H. Halverson | Ontario, Canada | 08/02/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw this movie a few weeks ago at the theater. I found it very entertaining and informative. It took me to places in Greece that I would love to visit. Nia is funny, sexy and believable. In the year 2000 I went on a tourist bus tour of Europe and this movie surely brought back many fond memories. Every bus tour includes many diverse characters, with a believable love story, this makes it very entertaining. I have recommended this movie to all my friends.They should own it.The filming is exquisite showing the sites of Greece like a travelogue.I left the theater feeling as I had been thoroughly entertained."
"This Is Comedy, The Greeks Invented it"
Brian E. Erland | Brea, CA - USA | 10/13/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The 2009 release 'My Life in Ruins' turned out to be a totally unexpected surprise. The scenery is magnificent, the storyline and dialogue sharp and the cast of uniquely quirky characters will keep you throughly entertained from beginning to end. The budding romance between tour guide Georgia (Nia Vardalos) and bus driver Nico (Alistair McGowan) was really quite charming and tourist and self-designated funny man Irv (Richard Dreyfuss) was clearly the secret ingredient that made it all work so well.
I particularly enjoyed the way the film incorporated an ongoing subtext suggesting that the Greek Gods may be subtly interacting with the tour and tourists. It was just the right touch of whimsy and depth to supply an added dimension to this delightful romantic comedy."
Jon Strand | USA | 03/18/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)
"Yes, the Greek locations are beautiful. Yes, Richard Dreyfuss is a wonderful actor. This is a lousy movie in two parts. The first part is dumb, low brow humor with all the tourists portrayed as ridiculous cartoons. Then the movie shifts gears to become a romantic comedy. Ehhh. The Theme of the movie, the lesson that the "heroine" has to learn, is that if she will only lower / dumb down her standards, success will be hers. Ehhh.
Skip this one and get a Greek travelogue DVD and a *good* Richard Dreyfuss movie."
A wonderful movie that deserves more attention
DEP | Washington, DC | 01/09/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"My wife and I missed this great movie when it came out in theaters in 2009 - probably because it did not have a very large promo budget compared to the high tech blockbusters - but we caught it by chance on a flight home from Europe this summer and I immediately ordered the DVD. With a talented international cast including Richard Dreyfuss this movie optimizes both the humorous and serious side of life. The chemistry between all of the characters is just wonderful and relies on real human interactions combined with the spectacular scenery of Greece rather than special effects - how often do you see that these days? Noting some of the negative comments it is admittedly something of an 'inside joke' to those who are into travel and there are a few Greek tourist clichés and other stereotypes. However all of the jibes are sensitively done, by and large accurate to my experience, and will resonate with anyone who has ever toured Greece 'economy' class! I would hope that this film gets at lease a nod at Oscar time this year, and in any event would recommend it for any movie collection as a feel good / date movie."