My Life In Ruins: DVD Review
My Life In Ruins
Released by Roadshow Entertainment
The team behind the eternally successful My Big Fat Greek Wedding, have
reteamed for this frothy rom com about a tour guide working in Greece.
Nia Vardalos returns and is this time playing Georgia, a history professor
who is now slumming it as a tour guide for a dodgy tour company in Greece.
Georgia's not doing too well - preferring to concentrate her tours on the
architecture, despite her groups insisting they see the tacky tourist traps
while out and about.
However, Georgia's about to give up - unlucky in love, unlucky in life, she's
decided enough's enough. Her competitor tour guide (played by British
impersonator Alistair McGowan) is determined to drive her out - so when
Georgia's latest tour group turns up, he seizes his chance.
What can you say about My Life In Ruins? Disappointing is perhaps the
politest way to describe this piece of romantic fluff which will anger the
sensible with its awful racial stereotyping and distinctly unfunny script.
Vardalos does ok; and even with the support of the ever dependable Richard
Dreyfuss, she can't do much to raise this from the mire (which is bizarre as she
wrote most of it as well).
Perhaps the best thing about My Life In Ruins is the Greek scenery - some of
the ancient monuments look just stunning on screen - however, the jokes about
their bus driver's name (he's called Poupi) do little to raise the cultural
Extras: Audio commentaries by Vardalos, director and writer
as well as deleted scenes and a featurette entitled Everybody Loves Poupi should
tell you everything you need to know about this.