My Life In Ruins
Film Title (Original): My Life In Ruins
Film Title (Spanish): Mi Vida En Grecia
Film Title (In English): My Life In Ruins
Country Of Origin: U.S.
Year Of Completion: 2009
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Format/Color/Bw: Color
Language: English
Subtitles: Yes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Donald Petrie
Executive Producers: Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Rita Wilson, Peter Safran, Jeff Abberly, Julia Blackman.
Producers: Michelle Chydzik Sowa, Nathalie Marciano
Screenwriter: Mike Reiss
Cinematographer: Jose Luis Alcaine
Editor: Patrick J. Don Vito
Music: David Newman
Cast: - Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Maria Adanez, Sheila Bernette, Maria Botto, Rachel Dratch, Alexis Georgoulis, Ralph Nossek
2009 Tribeca Film Festival Closing Night

Donald Petrie, a graduate of the American Film Institute, made his feature-directing debut with the Mystic Pizza (1988), which launched Julia Roberts' career. His other feature film credits Grumpy Old Men (1993), The Favor, starring Elizabeth McGovern and Brad Pitt; Miss Congeniality (2000), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), starring Kate Hudson and Matthew McConaughey; and Welcome to Mooseport (2004), starring Ray Romano and Gene Hackman.

Nia Vardalos, writer and leading actress of the gigantic hit My Big Fat Greek Wedding, finally gets to go to Greece in the romantic comedy My Life in Ruins. Classics scholar Georgia (Nia Vardalos) feels she has lost her kefi (Greek for "mojo"). Discouraged by her lack of direction in life, she works as a travel guide, often dealing with tour groups who’d rather shop than see the Parthenon. Meanwhile, her current ragtag group consists of boozing Australians (Simon Gleeson, Natalie O'Donnell); obnoxious Americans (Rachel Dratch, Harland Williams); sultry Spanish divorcees (Maria Botto, Maria Adanez); kooky seniors (Ralph Nossek, Bernice Stegers) and a Jewish widower (Richard Dreyfuss) with a penchant for goofy comedy.

Over the course of a week that sees Georgia leading them all through the resplendent ruins of Athens, Olympia and Delphi, this improbable group endures ugly squabbles, bruising misunderstandings and eventually transcends them all. The eventual return of Georgia’s kefi owes something to tall, long-haired tour bus driver Poupi (Greek actor Alexis Georgoulis), who when finally shorn of his thicket-like facial hair displays a dark Mediterranean allure. My Life in Ruins offers the most fun you can have without a passport.

III Dominican Republic Global Film Festival - 2009