My Life in Ruins

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Overview

Georgia Nia Vardalos came to Greece to follow a man. A few years later, she's been cast aside -- alone and adrift in a foreign land. Eventually, her passion for history leads her to a job as a tour guide. But Georgia is bored, and has lost her "kefi" Greek for mojo to boot. When taciturn sasquatch Poupi Alexis Georgoulis replaces the regular driver at the last minute, the frazzled tour guide thinks that her luck has just hit rock bottom. Thankfully, Georgia's latest batch of tourists is a more lively bunch than ...
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Overview

Georgia Nia Vardalos came to Greece to follow a man. A few years later, she's been cast aside -- alone and adrift in a foreign land. Eventually, her passion for history leads her to a job as a tour guide. But Georgia is bored, and has lost her "kefi" Greek for mojo to boot. When taciturn sasquatch Poupi Alexis Georgoulis replaces the regular driver at the last minute, the frazzled tour guide thinks that her luck has just hit rock bottom. Thankfully, Georgia's latest batch of tourists is a more lively bunch than she's anticipated, and in between bouts with rival tour guide Nico Alistair McGowan, she manages to form a genuine connection with wisecracking widower Irv Richard Dreyfuss, a solo vacationer who maintains a jovial facade despite the fact that he misses his late wife dearly. With a little help from Irv, Georgia comes to realize that true love may be closer than she thinks -- if she could just recapture her kefi and open her eyes.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; ; Alternate Ending; Deleted Scenes with Optional Director's Audio Commentary; Audio Commentary by Nia Vardalos
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/6/2009
  • UPC: 024543602347
  • Original Release: 2009
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled / Dubbed
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,769

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nia Vardalos Georgia
Richard Dreyfuss Irv
Harland Williams Big Al
Rachel Dratch Kim
Alexis Georgoulis Poupi
María Botto Lala
Ralph Nossek Barnaby
Sheila Bernette Dorcas
Maria Adanez Lena
Bernice Stegers Maria
Alistair McGowan Nico
Caroline Goodall Dr. Tullen
Ian Ogilvy Mr. Tullen
Sophie Stuckey Caitlin
Brian Palermo Marc
Jareb Dauplaise Gator
Simon Gleeson Ken
Natalie O'Donnell Sue
Rita Wilson Elinor
Serenella Magriny Svetlana
Nacho Perez Doudi
Denise Moreno Kathy
María Ripalda Lenka
Marta Schweizer Olga
Ian Gomez
Technical Credits
Donald Petrie Director
Jeff Abberley Executive Producer
Mark Albela Co-producer
Jose Luis Alcaine Cinematographer
Julia Blackman Executive Producer
David Chapman Production Designer
Gary Goetzman Executive Producer
Tom Hanks Executive Producer
Sheila Jaffe Casting
Nathalie Marciano Producer
Jonathan McKinstry Art Director
David Newman Score Composer
Denise O'dell Co-producer
Mike Reiss Screenwriter
Peter Safran Executive Producer
Michelle Chydzik Sowa Producer
Patrick J. Don Vito Editor
Rita Wilson Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- My Life in Ruins
1. Main Titles/Just Average [:28]
2. Meet The Tour Group [:06]
3. Off and Running [5:21]
4. The Other Guide [3:45]
5. You Speak English! [:50]
6. The Problem With Greece [2:53]
7. Georgia's Letter [3:42]
8. Worst Tour [2:47]
9. Cultural Interaction [1:49]
10. Opening Up [4:02]
11. Win Some, Lose Some [3:27]
12. Pancake Man [:32]
13. Sex Sells [3:10]
14. Best Seat In The House [3:37]
15. Delphi Oracle [3:04]
16. Enter At Rear [1:34]
17. This Can't Happen [4:21]
18. A Little Swap [3:13]
19. Beach Frolic [1:42]
20. Good Memories [4:38]
21. Wind Of Imagination [3:13]
22. Hospital Visit [:37]
23. My Life In Ruins [4:45]
24. End Titles/We Dance [3:05]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- My Life in Ruins
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   Language Selection
      Audio
         English 5.1 Dolby Digital
         French Dolby Surround
         Commentary By Nia Vardalos
         Commentary By Director Donald Petrie
         Commentary By Writer Mike Reiss
      Subtitles
         English For The Deaf And Hard of Hearing
         Spanish
         Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary By Nia Vardalos: On/Off
      Commentary By Director Donal Petrie: On/Off
      Commentary By Writer Mike Reiss: On/Off
      Deleted and Alternate Scenes
         With Optional Commentary By Director Donald Petrie: On/Off
         Play All
         Cat Fight
         Church Chuckles
         Olympia Bar Extras
         Ode To Pancakes
         Pequenita
         Irv Is Gone
         Gator's Girlfriend
         Irv's Kaput: Alternate Ending
      Everybody Loves Poupi Play With Introduction By Director Donald Petrie: On/Off
      Trailers
         Play All
         Bride Wars
         Love's Franchise
         Watch Romantic Favorites
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Side splitting and touching!

    This is Nia Vardalos' best movie to date. I was fortunate enough to see this movie in theaters. It was laugh out loud funny, and it had those touching scenes that leave your eyes glistening. I am buying myself a copy of this movie and will watch it over and over again for many years to come. You will fall in love with all the characters on the bus tour and wish you were there with them. This is a great movie, some comedy is meant for older audiences (not children), but it will not disappoint. My Life In Ruins delivers many many laughs and leaves you feeling happy!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Fun RomCom that is worth adding to the collection

    I'm a HUGE fan of Romantic Comedies, but I'm a picky fan. It has to be believable, it has to be funny (but not embarassing), and it HAS to have a wonderfully romantic ending. This movie perfectly fit the bill. I laughed so hard I was shaking. I cried with joy at the happy ending. I cannot wait to add this movie to my collection!

    I'm not sure if the summary is correct. I don't recall Georgia mentioning that she had her heart broken in Greece by the man she followed. I recall her wanting to be a college professor of Greek history - which plays in to the plot as an unexpected twist. The transformation of ALL the characters adds wonderful charm to this movie. Often in RomComs only the hero or heroine transforms and realizes the mistakes they have been making. But all the people on Georgia's tour bus undergo a transformation - a plot twist that breathes fresh air in to this seemingly overwhelmed genre.

    Also, the visual comedy is wonderful in this movie. There are scenes where the audience can completely relate to the trials and tribulations of Georgia regardless of whether or not they have been to Greece. Buses that don't work. Hotel staff that should be de-loused along with the rooms. Elevators that seem to only work after you've climbed the million-billion stairs.

    And yes, Richard Dryfus steals the show! What a brilliant actor he STILL is!

    If you liked "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" you'll love Nia Vardalos' "My Life in Ruins". She has such a talent for capturing the humanity (and hilarity) of her Greek culture / ancestry.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Delightful.

    I enjoyed this movie. No, it's not going to change your life, but it's a quirky story that it delightful in its own right. It has a similar feel to My Big Fat Greek wedding with a sweet story of a woman to finds happiness in what she has.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    THE GREEK 'BRIDE' DID IT AGAIN

    This movie is funny and touching and just a GREAT movie with a sweet ending..
    Oh yes, the scenery has me wanting to book a flight to Greece...

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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