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

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


Richard Dreyfuss


Alexis Georgoulis

Poupi Kakas

Alistair McGowan


Harland Williams

Big Al

Rachel Dratch


Caroline Goodall

Dr. Tullen

Ian Ogilvy

Mr. Tullen

Sophie Stuckey


María Botto


María Adánez


Brian Palermo


Jareb Dauplaise


Simon Gleeson


Natalie O'Donnell


Falling in Love…In All the Wrong Places


Official Website:
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Release Date: 5 June 2009

Filming Locations: Acropolis, Athens, Greece

Box Office Details

Budget: $17,000,000


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

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

Technical Specs


(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.


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.


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.