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RUINS, Indeed!!

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Category: FORUMS on 2009 RELEASES
Forum Name: MY LIFE IN RUINS
Forum Discription: Think of the Title as a Self-Review from the Film-Makers...
URL: http://www.razzies.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=3678
Printed Date: July 29 2014 at 2:16pm


Topic: RUINS, Indeed!!
Posted By: HeadRAZZBerry
Subject: RUINS, Indeed!!
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 8:28am

WHILE WE WERE FOCUSED on the BIGGER, JUICIER TARGET for JUNE 5 of http://www.razzies.com/forum/forum_posts.asp?TID=3672&PN=1 - LAND OF THE LOST , THIS ONE NEARLY CAME in UNDER OUR RADAR...THEN ITS RECENT  http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/my_life_in_ruins/ - 7% APPROVAL RATING at R.T. CAUGHT OUR EYE.

WE KNOW LOTSA PEOPLE WHO LOVED http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0259446/ - MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING , ONE of the MOST PROFITABLE MOVIES of the LAST DECADE ( http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=mybigfatgreekwedding.htm - GROSSING $368m WORLDWIDE on a BUDGET of ONLY $5m ). BUT, BEING NEITHER a CHICK NOR a FAN of CHICK FLIX, WE WERE INDIFFERENT ABOUT GREEK

http://www.razzies.com/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=360 - MY LIFE IN RUINS LOOKS LIKE a RETURN to the SAME WELL as WEDDING, HOPING to SCOOP UP STILL MORE PROFITS -- WITHOUT BOTHERING to BRING ANY NEW IDEAS ALONG. ALSO, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0889522/ - VARDALOS' BIG FAT POST-GREEK CAREER HASN'T EXACTLY BEEN STUDDED with HITS.

IN FACT, the ALMOST HOSTILE RECEPTION RUINS HAS GOTTEN from CRIX HAS US CONTEMPLATING a SPECIAL WORST CHICK FLICK CATEGORY for 2009. FEEL FREE to LET US KNOW WHATCHA THINK...and WHAT YA THINK OUGHT to BE NOMINATED IF WE DO DO a CHICK FLICK CATEGORY... 

VARDALOS: "Do you think my doing what looks life a rip-off of my own hit movie could get me a RAZZIE® nomination?"

DREYFUSS: "How would I know -- I was smart enough to bail on the JAWS franchise after the first (and only) good one..."



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Posted By: moviewizguy
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 10:06am

This movie seems like the opposite on "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." However, audiences from pre-screenings seem to like this movie.

RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: I just checked the http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865559/ - IMDb (where this was getting a 5.9 out of 10 rating) and http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=mylifeinruins.htm - B.O. MoJo (where 59% gave this a C or worse) and I am wondering (as I often do when moviewizeguy defends  bad movies) where does he get his info -- Or does he just make it up?? 

 



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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 12:39pm

Seems like her movie "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" was a Big, Fat, Lucky Fluke. This is what, only her second movie since? And the last one (a knockoff of "Some Like It Hot") was a big fat failure. Not to mention her "Greek Wedding" TV series barely lasted half a season.

Is it possible for actors and actresses to be One Hit Wonders, the same as singers can be? 



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Posted By: dEd Grimley
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 1:04pm
She has another one coming up, " http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762105/ - I Hate Valentine's Day ". I can't say that that sounds any better, or even all that different from this one, either. It seems like she's an interesting enough actress for some, but she really needs to stay away from the behind-the-scenes.

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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 3:49pm

Yes, just like a certain person by the name of M Night, she too needs to take a break from writing...

RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: According to this film 's IMDb page ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865559/ - LINK )  Vardalos didn't write this one (I was surprised, too). But its director has a whole slew of RAZZIE®-Worthy (and RAZZIE®-Nominated movies to his name ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0677953/ - LINK )...

 



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"Just once I want my life to be like an 80's movie ... but, no, no. John Hughes did not direct my life." ("Easy A", 2010)


Posted By: cvcjr13
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 11:25pm

I'm disappointed this movie is reviewing so poorly.  The trailer didn't come across so badly to me.  It seemed to be a dopey, fun chick flick.  Based on the critics' reaction, I'm guessing the scenes in the trailer were apparently the best (and only?) worthwhile scenes in the movie.  That's sad.

Nia Vardalos did star with Toni Collette in Connie & Carla, which both critics and audiences seem to have found to be an okay-but-not-great movie.  Including that, Vardalos' projects, both big screen and small screen, have been beneath the talent she had shown in MBFGW.  Maybe we should spray some Windex on her career so it can get better? . . .  

BTW, I Hate Valentine's Day is schedule for limited release July 3, 2009 (?!).

Thanks, HeadRazz, for pointing out Donald Petrie.  The best thing that director Donald Petrie has done is the original Grumpy Old Men.  I also enjoyed his original Miss Congeniality. At least he was smart enough not to be involved with either of their sequels.  He also directed Kate Hudson's How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Julia Robert's Mystic Pizza.  It seems he's had more than his fair share of chick flicks.  Petrie should be nailed to the wall for what he did with Just My Luck, Richie Rich and My Favorite Martian.  I'm not familiar with The Favor, but its premise seems horrid.

 

 



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Posted By: cvcjr13
Date Posted: June 03 2009 at 11:42pm

Richard Dreyfuss may have been smart enough not to star in the sequels to Jaws, but why is he starring in http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464154/ - Piranha 3-D , a sequel to a Jaws ripoff, the terrible http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0078087/ - Piranha and its even worse sequel, http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0082910/ - Piranha Part Two: The Spawning ?

 



Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: June 04 2009 at 3:15pm

"RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: I just checked the http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865559/ - IMDb (where this was getting a 5.9 out of 10 rating) and http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=mylifeinruins.htm - B.O. MoJo (where 59% gave this a C or worse) and I am wondering (as I often do when moviewizeguy defends  bad movies) where does he get his info -- Or does he just make it up?"

Probably from the same questionable sources that Fox News gets their information, in other words twisting around quotes as they see fit, or making stuff up in order to fit their agenda.

"RESPONSE from Head RAZZberry: According to this film 's IMDb page ( http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0865559/ - LINK )  Vardalos didn't write this one (I was surprised, too). But its director has a whole slew of RAZZIE®-Worthy (and RAZZIE®-Nominated movies to his name ( http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0677953/ - LINK )..."

Really? I was also under the impression she's one of those people who only star in something they write so they can either feed their ego or mask their weaknesses.



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"Just once I want my life to be like an 80's movie ... but, no, no. John Hughes did not direct my life." ("Easy A", 2010)


Posted By: dEd Grimley
Date Posted: June 05 2009 at 7:27am
Originally posted by cvcjr13


BTW, I Hate Valentine's Day is schedule for limited release July 3, 2009 (?!).



That's my birthday, too. Happy Birthday to me indeed.

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Posted By: sportsartist24
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 9:48am
July 3, 2009. The Day before Independence Day. They probably should have stuck with having I hate Valentine's Day around Valentine's Day, but then again, that's just Hollywood just trying to screw things up with us.

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Posted By: dEd Grimley
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 12:22pm
I prefer my birthday movie to be the likely sequel "Born on the Day before the Fourth of July." And yes, a Valentine's Day movie in the middle of the summer... That's... a poor decision.

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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 1:55pm

Originally posted by sportsartist24

July 3, 2009. The Day before Independence Day. They probably should have stuck with having I hate Valentine's Day around Valentine's Day, but then again, that's just Hollywood just trying to screw things up with us.

Hey, that gives him one and only one reason to watch "Independence Day" once a year. As for the rest of us, we don't have an excuse to watch it more than once a decade.



Posted By: dEd Grimley
Date Posted: June 08 2009 at 2:09pm
It actually came out on my birthday that year, and I saw it for my birthday. Ummmm... Woohoo?

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Posted By: GTAHater767
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 7:03pm

I had trouble remembering this movie throughout the latter half of 2009, but if it means I Hate Valentine's Day will get a nomination (Nia Vardalos for Worst Supporting Actress), I'l be happy to see this get RAZZed.



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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 8:07pm
Nia Vardalos has proven she is a one-hit wonder in every sense of the word. "My Big, Fat, Greek Life": canceled after one season. "Connie & Carla" = bomb. "My Life In Ruins" = bomb. "I Hate Valentine's Day" = bomb. That is a very razzie worthy track record.


Posted By: dEd Grimley
Date Posted: January 24 2010 at 9:38pm
I could still see her having some sort of success in the future somehow. But she's really blowing it at every chance. There were a fair amount of one-hit wonders throughout time that were talented enough, but they just find that next catchy number.
Either way though, she's probably not going to make anything that I'd ever like.

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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: January 25 2010 at 12:45pm
Well, according to IMDb.com, she has two new projects coming up, so those will either make or break her career, which is on very thin ice as is.


Posted By: GTAHater767
Date Posted: January 25 2010 at 2:08pm

My money would be on "break her career".



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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: January 25 2010 at 6:05pm
Originally posted by GTAHater767

My money would be on "break her career".
Given her track record of being 1-4 (one success, four failures), I'm not going to disagree with you.


Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: February 01 2010 at 5:22pm
It's true that the movie isn't berry good,but it's not'cuz star and uncredited co-writer Nia Vardalos seems to be a character actor(someone who always portrays the same character),but because the whole thing felt like a TV movie,and that IRV dyin'was a bad endin'.


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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: February 01 2010 at 7:22pm
If you're a "character actor", that means you play different characters. If you play the same character, you're not a "character actor", you're a typecast.


Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: February 03 2010 at 3:15pm
Originally posted by Michaels

If you're a "character actor", that means you play different characters. If you play the same character, you're not a "character actor", you're a typecast.

Actually,we're both wrong:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Character_Actor

Anyway,why is it O.K. to do it for some people like Woody Allen,but not for Nia or The Frat Pack?


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Posted By: Michaels
Date Posted: February 03 2010 at 9:07pm
Actually, for the best resource in character actors, you must rent or buy, and read the book "Hey! It's That Guy!". A listing of character actors and the roles they commonly play.


Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: February 04 2010 at 4:39pm
Originally posted by Michaels

Actually, for the best resource in character actors, you must rent or buy, and read the book "Hey! It's That Guy!". A listing of character actors and the roles they commonly play.

Actually,I saw a mini-TV-documentary about that book,and that's not for actors who play the same characters,it's for non-stars that people mostly recognize by face rather than name,like Stephen Tobolowski,Daniel Roebuck and Luis Guzman.


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: February 04 2010 at 7:51pm
If they are actors known only for the characters they play, doesn't that also make them charcters actors?


Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: February 05 2010 at 5:38am
Originally posted by BurnHollywoodBurn

If they are actors known only for the characters they play, doesn't that also make them charcters actors?

No.They don't always play the same characters.I mean actors who aren't famous by name,but with recognizable faces.Also,I didn't invent the term "Character actor",so I don't control it's meaning.


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: February 05 2010 at 7:58am
Originally posted by Vits


No.They don't always play the same characters.I mean actors who aren't famous by name,but with recognizable faces.Also,I didn't invent the term "Character actor",so I don't control it's meaning.
Neither did I, but when I hear the word "character actor", I think actor who usually an unknown, that gives a great performance, usually in bit parts or supporting roles. But that's just me.


Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: February 05 2010 at 11:42am
The point is whether she is or not a character actor,that's not the reason why the movie's bad.

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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: February 05 2010 at 8:31pm
As I look back at this thread, I think the original question is not if she's a character actor, but if she is a typecasted actress paid to play the same role as the odd girl out Greek woman who has troubles in love, but ends up getting the man of her dreams by accident.

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Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: February 06 2010 at 1:52pm
Originally posted by BurnHollywoodBurn

As I look back at this thread, I think the original question is not if she's a character actor, but if she is a typecasted actress paid to play the same role as the odd girl out Greek woman who has troubles in love, but ends up getting the man of her dreams by accident.

Actually,you may be right.After all,she wrote both movies.


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: February 06 2010 at 2:39pm
Originally posted by Vits

Actually,you may be right.After all,she wrote both movies.
She didn't write "Life in Ruins", it was actually written by a screenwriter who worked on "The Simpsons". But judging by the other scripts she has written, she doesn't know much else besides writing about that typecasted Greek woman character that I mentioned above.

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Posted By: dEd Grimley
Date Posted: February 06 2010 at 3:51pm
Yea, I don't think she can be considered "Typecast" for a role you write for yourself. That's like giving yourself a nickname. Also, considering how she always writes herself as the same character, that ought to tell you about the level of her acting and writing ability.

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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: February 06 2010 at 3:58pm
Originally posted by dEd Grimley

Yea, I don't think she can be considered "Typecast" for a role you write for yourself. That's like giving yourself a nickname. Also, considering how she always writes herself as the same character, that ought to tell you about the level of her acting and writing ability.

Touche. Kinda reminds you of the level of acting and writing ability of a certain sly guy.


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Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: February 07 2010 at 11:11am
Originally posted by BurnHollywoodBurn

Originally posted by Vits

Actually,you may be right.After all,she wrote both movies.
She didn't write "Life in Ruins", it was actually written by a screenwriter who worked on "The Simpsons". But judging by the other scripts she has written, she doesn't know much else besides writing about that typecasted Greek woman character that I mentioned above.

Nia re-wrote Mike Reiss's script,however,she remained uncredited because of the WGA rules.


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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: February 07 2010 at 5:07pm
Originally posted by Vits

Nia re-wrote Mike Reiss's script,however,she remained uncredited because of the WGA rules.
Yeah, back to the typecasting herself thing.

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Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: February 17 2010 at 1:46pm
The bottom line is that the typecasting isn't the reason.

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Posted By: BurnHollywoodBurn
Date Posted: February 17 2010 at 1:57pm
Originally posted by Vits

The bottom line is that the typecasting isn't the reason.
Point is that she doesn't have much range in her career and roles and it's not going well for her.

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Posted By: Vits
Date Posted: December 22 2010 at 11:46am
This movie has been nominated for the 2010 Vits Awards!

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/user/812172/blogs/?id=682474 -

Can you guess in which category?


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