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My Life in Ruins Review

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1.5

Dave White Profile

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  • 2.0
    34

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Cloying and dated movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Ruins is sometimes as sunny as its locations but as familiar and predictable as a Greek diner.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    My Life in Ruins will neither ruin nor change nor significantly impact your life.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The film is so brazen about its pandering, crumple-hearted silliness that it had me rooting for Vardalos to land her big fat Greek stud-muffin.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Pleasant but overly predictable travel comedy OK for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romcom probably isn't on most kids' radar, with the exception of teen girls who love romantic films. Sexuality includes discussions about the main character's sex life, some kissing, and a brief post-coital shot of a sheet-covered couple lying in each other's arms. There's less strong language than in most PG-13 films, with "ass" being the main offender. Violence is limited to a pool-side scuffle, and consumerism is tied to one character's job at IHOP, which is a running gag in the movie.

  • Families can talk about what the movie seems to say about success versus happiness.
  • Does Georgia's decision at the end of the movie make sense, or is itcounter to her personality?
  • Why do so many romantic comedies portraythe female protagonist as "uptight"? Is that sexist?
  • Kids: Is Georgia agood role model for young women?

The good stuff
  • message true2

    Messages: Although Georgia is an intelligent, educated woman, she's depicted as passionless and uptight until she's swept off her feet by an attractive, mysterious man. The movie's message seems to be that a woman isn't happy or successful unless she's "got a man." On the other hand, the tourists all help each other in one way or another. One kleptomaniac elderly lady stops stealing by the end of the tour, and the obnoxious American couple starts to be more sensitive to Greek culture, etc.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: When a tourist is told that his Greek T-shirt announces he's gay (in a crass way), he attacks the tour guide who gave it to him, pushing him into a pool and yelling at him.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Several references to Georgia's inactive sex life; a few bawdy jokes about the easily available Spanish divorcees on the tour. Several characters flirt and kiss, and one couple ends up going to bed together (they're shown, torsos covered, on the floor). It's implied that another character has a menage a trois, because his hotel door opens and he's in boxers and a robe and then two women in lingerie are visible behind him.

  • language false2

    Language: Relatively mild for a PG-13 film: "ass/es," "idiot," "oh my God," "hell," "damn," "suckers," "stupid," and the words "his stick" misheard as "his d--k." A character's nickname is Poupi, and his last name is Kakas ("Poupi Kakas"; his nephew is "Doudi Kakas").

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: One of the characters is an exec at IHOP (International House of Pancakes), and he mentions IHOP constantly, gives everyone his business cards, and compares people and places to menu items. It's a running joke throughout the film. Another tour guide discusses taking his group to the Hard Rock Cafe.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Adults frequently drink beer, cocktails, and Ouzo on their Greek vacation. In one scene, everyone's at a bar, and a few characters get drunk. One tourist pulls out a cigar but is told he can't smoke it.

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