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My Life In Ruins
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Reviewed on 2009-06-05
Received[3]  out of 4 stars
My Life in Ruins” is a stellar romantic comedy where ancient history and love meet. A Greek tour guide named Georgia (My Big Fat Greek Wedding star Nia Vardalos) attempts to recapture her mojo by guiding a typical group of tourists around Greece and showing them the beauty of her native land through her eyes. Only problem is she is kind of boring and does not know how to enjoy life. As she sets out on this tour she has the stereotypical tourists: the Americans, the Australians, the Gator from Florida, the elder couple, the rich family with the rebellious daughter, and the man of 100 jokes. Richard Dreyfuss is Irv; the funnyman on the tour alone after his wife has passed away.

After several rough days on the road, Irv bonds with Georgia and helps her to relax and open herself to enjoy life and possibly find love. Once Georgia relaxes you see her weight is lifted. She begins to morph into another woman. Her tourists begin to love her and she manages to open their eyes to wonders of an exotic foreign land while she is beginning to see the world through a new set of eyes. Through these eyes she begins to see Poupi (Alexis Georgoulis), the bus driver in a new light. The two have majestic chemistry and it is not bad that Poupi looks like a Greek God.

“My Life in Ruins” was a pleasant surprise. I had butterflies watching Georgia open herself to love and finding it in the most unexpected places. A warm welcome goes to Alexis Georgoulis who has a break out performance in this film. The comical stunts offered by the tourists, including former Saturday Night Live star Rachel Dratch, were dead on. Director Donald Petrie does a fantastic job, and lives up to the standards of his previous work in “Miss Congeniality” and “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days”. Not just a chick flick, all will enjoy this fun tourist ride and all the humor that comes along with it. Pack your bags and head to the ruins, you won’t be disappointed.

Review By:
Jolene Mendez


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