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My Life in Ruins

MV5BOTE3MzQ2NzczNl5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMjgyNDgzMg@@._V1._SY317_CR0,0,214,317_Nia Vardalos, Richard Dreyfuss, Alexis Georgoulis

Georgia is an American academic working in Greece. When she loses her teaching job, she takes up work as a tour guide in order to find her ‘kefi’. She’s searching for what makes her happy, and she’s searching for love. Will a bunch of tourists on a bus help her find what she’s looking for?

Most people who liked this movie liked My Big Fat Greek Wedding which also starred Vardalos. My Life in Ruins has indisputable charms – I’ll give it that. But it’s not quite all its cracked up to be in the trailer, and isn’t as good as My Big Fat Greek Wedding. Vardalos is the one with the charm, and she’s lovely to watch. But the script is a little juvenile and lacks sophisticated humour. I hate the racial stereotypes (as usual Aussies get depicted very poorly) but it’s refreshing to see a rom com set in Greece. I wouldn’t recommend it.


I Hate Valentine’s Day

imagesNia Vardalos, John Corbett, Judah Friedlander

Genevieve owns a florist shop. She is a funny young woman with a lust for romance, but not relationships. Her rule on relationships is that she only dates one person five times. Then she walks away before getting hurt.

She meets Greg and starts the five dates. But along the way she falls in love, so it’s hard to stick to the rules.

This was such a bad film. Vardalos really should have stopped after My Big Fat Greek Wedding (not reviewed here because it’s not a 21st Century rom com). Her storylines are just so obvious and there’s no doubt at all where you’ll be taken – trust me, you are not taken very far. The film journey is all about Genevieve and how loveable she is, and that wears a bit thin after 3 films (also reviewed here is My Life in Ruins).