Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
My Life in Ruins
The most fun you can have without a passport.
A Greek tour guide named Georgia attempts to recapture her kefi (Greek for mojo) by guiding a ragtag group of tourists around Greece and showing them the beauty of her native land. Along the way, she manages to open their eyes to the wonders of an exotic foreign land while beginning to see the world through a new set of eyes in the process.
From one Greek person to another, fuck you Nia Vardalos.
I wanted to see the Greek locations, but having to sit through this appallingly lame comedy was much too high a price.
I picked this because I love Nia Vardalos' other films (particularly "Connie and Carla") as they're smart, funny, and feel-good, plus our family recently took a vacation to Greece together. This was a great choice, and I highly recommend it if you need a family film. While it borderlines on cheesy, it's actually pretty funny, with some great heartfelt moments. Superb acting from Nia, Richard Dryfuss (the man is a national treasure), and a whole host of other people you'll recognize (the weird-looking chick from SNL, for example). Plus the main dude is super hot. It has a sweet message and is a really sleek and polished script. The scenery is also stupendous! I highly recommend it if you're in the mood for a feel-good flick.
This film is an example of what happens when you get sick on school camp and are forced to watch something that everyone agrees on.
There's no escaping it, I have a thing for Nia Vardalos. Even with my Nia 'thing', I'd put off watching My Life in Ruins, or Driving Aphrodite as it was called on my DVD, due to poor reviews and general poor word of mouth. After about 20-30 minutes I was totally on board with the abuse. It's a shambolic film with terrible jokes and a lazy set-up. It's not really until Richard Dreyfuss starts to own the most simple and weak dialogue with his exceptional delivery that the film shifts gears. He drags everyone up with him, kicking and screaming. The silly joke names and the diabolically bad Alistair McGowan kinda fade into the background. It might just be because…
Film 27 of "The December Challenge 2"
1st time watch
Obscure film (22, 230 viewers at time of watch)
I didn't actually choose to watch this, I was at my friends house and she wanted to watch it. Since it was going to be a first time watch, I was up for anything.
I'll keep it short, the performances weren't bad. In fact I think it was a decent cast, and I liked the comedy. You can't go too wrong with Richard Dreyfuss, and Nia Vardalos was actually not too bad. I was expecting her to be shit, but she was both funny and cute.
The story is what it is, a typical romantic comedy. I laughed a few times, but I wouldn't hold it too high on any ranking of Rom Com's. For the most part it was just an average movie, probably won't watch it again.
you know most of the time i would say that i'm a self-respecting adult but i'm not even gonna lie to yall i laughed every fuckin time someone in this movie said "poupi"
My lady friend put this in to fall asleep to. I could not fall asleep. Here it is 1:30am and I am still awake and watched the whole damn thing. It's not very good.
This film will not grab a lot of people, and that's okay. But tonight, whether I was awaiting an opportunity to release some emotion or not, I sat back, re-enjoyed, and cried at this movie (as I do with many a movie, admittedly) because it's just so damn good-hearted.
The supporting cast play their roles well around Nia Vardalos, who takes a break from the 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' life to do a different type of film about Greece. The love story isn't anything special but the kind tutoring of 'Irv' speaks to the soul and I love the goofy, silly charm of the thing.
I've never seen MBFGW, but I have seen this - three or four times now - and highly recommend it if you want an easy watch and a warm fuzzy to boot.
Frustrated tour guide finds some unexpected bumps - and love - while showing a bunch of Americans around Greece. Poorly written, cliché-ridden comedy still comes off as more endearing than you'd expect thanks to Petrie's skillful direction and Vardalos charming her thankless character into at least being likable.
I didn't expect anything from this movie and I was pleasantly surprised? it was easy to watch... it was funny... it had romance and a story... it wasn't in the same category like the previous My Big Fat Wedding but that does not make it a bad movie! Recommending it for a family fun!
My Life in Ruins could've been fun. If only it hadn't been that cheesy and featured way too many common elements with Vardalos' success My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Nota = 5,5
Sweet and charming film, but not really more than that....