Immerse yourself in this sunny; uplifting romantic comedy starring Oscar nominee Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and Academy Award winner Richard Dreyfuss. Vardalos delivers a charming performance as Georgia; a recently laid-off though anything but laid-back history professor-turned-travel guide to a motley crew of hilariously crass tourists. Georgia is fed up and ready to give up until her new confidant Irv (Dreyfuss) opens her eyes and heart to a simple fact: There’s no finer way for a woman to find her kefi (a.k.a. mojo) than to lose herself in the arms of the “Greek god” (Alexis Georgoulis) who’s been hiding right under her nose!
The combination of the appealing Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) and the breathtaking location shooting in Greece make My Life in Ruins the perfect film escape. The film works as a feather-light romantic comedy, with Vardalos’s character, Georgia, facing burnout in her job with a cut-rate tour company in Greece. Georgia knows there’s magic in the Greek countryside and history, yet the grind of her job has drained her. Happily for Georgia, her latest group of semi-challenging tourists will help her shed some of her hard-built personal armor, guiding her to cut loose as the tour progresses (a journey mirrored in Vardalos’s hairstyle, which starts out prim, and ends up attractively tousled). The strong supporting cast includes Richard Dreyfus–seeming very comfortable playing an old coot–Rachel Dratch, Rita Wilson, and the dreamy Greek actor Alexis Georgoulis, a bus driver with the soul of a poet. And possibly a secret crush on the oblivious Georgia. But the true star of the film is Greece itself, from the coastline to the mountains, from the Acropolis to the Parthenon. That so few American films are shot on location makes this summer treat even more appealing–as sweet as fresh baklava. —A.T. Hurley
Stills from My Life in Ruins (Click for larger image)