My wife and I saw this at a special screening in Manhattan. I basically just went along for the ride the wife's a huge Greek WEDDING fan , and wasn't expecting much more than some pretty pictures of Greece. But I, along with the rest of our packed theater, LOVED this one. There are HUGE laughs throughout, the performances are all really good I loved that girl from Saturday Night Live , and the story moves fast. It's one of those movies that feels like it's over about five minutes after it starts. I would say that you should see this if you loved Greek WEDDING, but I actually <more>
liked it a lot more than Greek WEDDING. So you should just go ahead and see this if you like funny movies.
I was really excited to see this movie after having loved My Big Fat Greek Wedding for so long. I was VERY happy with this movie! If you want to go on vacation, but don't have the money, I would suggest watching this movie! The comedy is great in it, although some of it can be a bit redundant and childish bus drivers name is Poupi Kakas . Just like any other romantic comedy, it's pretty predictable, but who even cares! All romantic comedies have the same skeletal structure that make us giggle and smile in our seats! This movie seriously had me laughing out loud. You will honestly <more>
fall in love with Greece whether or not you've ever been there. Not to mention, you will fall in love with bus driver Poupi Alexis Georgoulis , who is EXTREMELY hot! Definitely a movie worth renting, watching, and buying! I can't get enough of it! Another great movie from Nia Vardalos.
Like Nia Vardalos, This Film is Hilarious and Beautiful (by jayraskin1)
New rule: every time a producer puts out another gross-out, teenager comedy, they have to give Nia Vardalos $20 million to produce a real romantic comedy involving grown-ups. Since the 1970's when Hollywood realized that rather unintelligent 13-18 year-old were their largest market, the number of adult oriented romantic comedies have dropped until it is an endangered species.Like "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and "Connie and Carla," this is another delightful and brilliant adult romantic comedy made by adults for adults. Which is not to say that everybody from children to <more>
senior citizens will not find it enchanting and delightful, they will.Nia's comedy timing is brilliant. She generally underplays her lines and doesn't push for laughs, but lets the lines do their job. She reminds me of the best and most stylish comedic actresses of the 1930's: Carol Lombard, Myrna Loy, Irene Dunne, and Rosalind Russell.Besides Nia, the film gives us the great beauty of the country of Greece. I have visited the country seven times. No feature film really captures its beautiful delights better than this one. for the 98% of the people who have never visited it, this movie comes as close to a tour of it as they can have without going.I'm can't imagine anybody not loving this film, at least not anybody with a sense of humor, and an eye for beauty and a brain that appreciates a good, well-structured plot and witty dialogue.
A summer movie that won't make you feel stupid (by flaubert1984)
I was lucky enough to attend a special advance screening of the new movie My Life In Ruins the other night, and I'm very glad that I did. It's directed by and starring the lady who also made My Big Fat Greek Wedding, and if you liked that movie, it's safe to say that you'll love this one. I'm sure that I'll end up all seeing all of the big summer movies Harry Potter especially!!!! , but it's possible that I won't enjoy a single one as much as I did this one. This is funny from front to back, but without ever feeling stupid or obvious. It's also the kind of <more>
movie that the whole family can see, and all enjoy I can't wait to take my sister and my mom! . Plus, if you're like me and you can't afford a summer trip to Greece on your own, this is a pretty good second option!
I want to go to Greece now! (by danielle-a-powers)
A charmer! I thoroughly enjoyed this movie which was everything I expected and wanted it to be and is one of the better romantic comedies I have seen in the last few years. Stunning scenes of Greece, quirky likable characters especially Richard Dreyfuss as Irv , the gorgeous Alexis Georgoulis, and the stunning Nia Vardalos who had great chemistry together. This film has many laugh out loud funny moments and many truly endearing ones. A total treat. I wanted to book a trip to Greece right away! We had to wait awhile for Nia Vardalas' follow-up to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" but <more>
it was worth the wait. The audience I watched with clapped at the end and you will too.
It's easy to put your finger on what went wrong with My Life in Ruins. Director Vincent Sherman said, "More writers doesn't necessarily mean a better script. Usually it means just the opposite. It's not easy to put people together and make a successful collaboration." You can almost feel the push and pull between the talented Nia Vardalos and writer Mike Reiss with this story of an American history professor – turned – travel guide to an annoying group of tourists. Vardalos, being Greek, no doubt added the very spot-on "Greekness" of the characters and <more>
enriched the story; while Reiss ruined the fun with his sophomoric writing and unfunny stereotypical characters. Hey, Mike, didn't they teach you at Harvard that stereotypes are a no-no? This ain't TV, Bubba, it's cinema! If Reiss had been taken out of the equation, and Vardolas given the opportunity to run with the screenplay herself, My Life in Ruins would probably have been more enjoyable from start to finish. Checking track records, most television writers fail horribly crossing over to screen writing. Yet, they're given the job! When are producers going to wise up? My Life in Ruins is like a picky eater trying a Greek salad for the first time. He picks out what he doesn't like, and enjoys the rest. So, dig into the talented team of Vardolos, Georgoulis, Stegers, and Dreyfuss, the beautiful Greek scenery, and the Greek way of life. The rest of the salad – flat dialogue and stereotypical characters – leave for the kitchen help to dispose of.
I saw this film at a screening and it was fun and made me laugh and remember why we go to the movies-to be entertained. It's a timeless sweet and romantic story, with a lot of humorous moments throughout. The cast is centered by the talented Nia Vardalos, who effortlessly brings a very different, yet still enjoyable, character to life than in previous films. As Georgia, Vardalos once again displays her uncanny ability to portray a relatable character, and reinforces why we love her. The supporting cast was also great, and their characters were so real and typical and funny that I felt <more>
like this was written about a tour bus I was once on. I'm sure many people have either encountered people like them before or are related to someone like them. Alexis G, the bus driver was like a modern Greek God, and I couldn't believe his talent as an actor actually matched his good looks. Anyone who sees this film will find something to laugh at, because the humor in this film can be appreciated no matter where you're from. And following them along their journey through the astoundingly beautiful Greece and it's historic sights, is icing on the cake. Not only would it be worth the price of the movie ticket to see this movie, but it might just make you want to buy a ticket to Greece. I know it made me want to.
For the past week it feels like Greece cannot stop talking about this film! I was lucky enough to be invited by a friend to the world premiere in Athens am Greek-American, grew up in Baltimore, married here, so living in Athens for about five years. The Premiere was an elegant occasion with a private reception with delicious food. The audience of about 1500 people went crazy for this film. They laughed and laughed and clapped and everyone I talked to said they wanted to see it again. This movie has captured the joy of life in this country I love. But just like My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you <more>
don't have to be Greek to like it. It is such a funny movie and beautiful to look at. All the actors do a great job and Nia and Alexis are very romantic together. When they look at each other, you actually believe they're a couple I know they're not!! Just like with the first movie, I know Greeks can laugh at themselves I was there, I heard them laughing like crazy!! Of course, there are always insecure people in this world but I think those type of people get offended by anything so who cares? so I am sure the movie will do well here, and also in every country because it is a movie about tourists and traveling and being able to fall in love when you think there isn't a chance for you anymore. All I can say is, once again, Vardalos got it right."
Fun and Romantic Traveling Comedy (by electricjaunt)
I attended a screening of MY LIFE IN RUINS and found it to be completely entertaining. I loved my BIG FAT Greek WEDDING and was excited to see this new movie made by some of the same people and with Nia Vardalos as the star. Nia has great comedic timing and she looks fantastic in this film. I think a lot of people can identify with feeling "out of whack" with life situations and it was enjoyable to live vicariously through Nia's character Georgia as she made breakthroughs in her love life and career. Some of the tour bus characters were a little kooky, but I think that played <more>
into Georgia's initial frustration with the job. By the end of the story, all of those crazy people had become likable and even lovable in the case of Richard Dreyfuss' character - I thought he was wonderful, too. And the bus driver cleaned up very nicely - he was downright hot by the end of the movie. The movie really is a perfect sales pitch for Greece. I felt the same way I did after seeing UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN and SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS - I wanted to book a vacation to a beautiful European country - and I would return to Greece in a heartbeat. Synopsis: watch this film if you want a vacation from all the depressing news about the economy, from your cold weather climate, from your own life stress... or if you just want a vacation, period!