MY LIFE IN RUINS
Comedy in the Ruins
Release Date: June 05, 2009
Starring: Nia Vardalos, Richard
Dreyfuss, Rachel Dratch,
Harland Williams, Sophie
Stuckey, Brian Palermo, Ian
Ogilvy, Natalie O’Donnell,
and Ralph Nossek
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Runtime: 98 minutes
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Donald Petrie
Executive Producer: Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks,
Peter Safran, and Rita Wilson
Producer: Michell Chydzik Sowa and
Writer: Mike Reiss
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Peter Chernin, President/COO of The Fox Group
Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Chairmen/CEO
Fox Filmed Entertainment
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(Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox Atomic)
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Los Angeles, CA 90035
Phone: (310) 369-1000
A wise, older man, Irv, encourages Georgia not to be so uptight, to let the tourists stop and shop sometimes, and to return the handsome driver’s romantic overtures. As the tour continues, Georgia must struggle with her own issues, the problems of her needy tourists and a rival tourist agent who has set out to destroy her. In the end, Georgia makes the decision to follow her heart as the tourists all learn to bond together.
MY LIFE IN RUINS is a mildly funny movie that tries very hard to be sentimental and meaningful. Nia Vardalos as Georgia holds the story together. It’s her obvious charm that touches all the scenes. Richard Dreyfuss shines as crusty, cranky Irv. The script is somewhat predictable, however, with a very linear story and not many surprises.
The movie is about choosing relationships over career and following one’s heart. The movie never mentions God, and the assumption is that unmarried characters will be having sexual relations with one another.
The biggest negative content is seeing Irv in his hotel room with two younger, scantily clad women and showing the main characters proclaiming their love by having sexual relations. Irv’s character seemingly causes things to happen such as the rain to stop or an old man to walk without his walker. Also, Irv pretends to be the Oracle at Delphi dispensing advice to the rest of the tour group.
The movie is charming and will be compared to MY BIG, FAT GREEK WEDDING which shares the same star and behind the scenes producers Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. However, MY LIFE IN RUINS is missing the comedy and charm of that movie.
Though somewhat pleasant to watch, MY LIFE IN RUINS demands much caution for media-wise viewers, especially families with children.
MY LIFE IN RUINS is about choosing relationships over career and following one’s heart. The movie never mentions God. And, the assumption is that unmarried characters have sexual relations together. This last part is played out in three scenes of implied sex, two involving Georgia and the tour bus driver. The old man’s character seemingly causes things to happen such as the rain to stop or an old man to walk without his walker. He also pretends to be the Oracle at Delphi, dispensing advice to the rest of the tour group. Though somewhat pleasant, MY LIFE IN RUINS demands much caution for media-wise viewers.