Fresh baklava is a delicious mix of light flakiness and dense sweetness, but when it's stale, the pastry layers take on the consistency of cardboard and the honey holding it together becomes gunked-up and musty.

Fresh baklava is a delicious mix of light flakiness and dense sweetness, but when it's stale, the pastry layers take on the consistency of cardboard and the honey holding it together becomes gunked-up and musty.

You can guess where I'm headed with this in relation to My Life in Ruins, the new romantic comedy starring My Big Fat Greek Wedding's Nia Vardalos.

A predictable romp through some gorgeous locales, the film casts Vardalos as Georgia, a Greek-American ancient history professor slumming it as a tour guide after her university job disappears.

Dissatisfied and stuck on a rickety bus with an international coalition of tourist-from-hell stereotypes, Georgia doesn't pay much attention to their hairy driver (Alexis Georgoulis). Of course, underneath his Grizzly Adams beard is a Greek god who's very into her, which she eventually discovers with the help of Richard Dreyfuss' sentimental oldster.

Dreyfuss transcends his written character while Vardalos, for her part, at least looks good. She's tanned and nicely coiffed and a few shots seem to exist solely to show off how much work she's done on a StairMaster.

But Vardalos seems to have left behind the plucky girl you could root for, a big, fat source of Greek Wedding's appeal. Here, in order for Georgia to get back her kefi (Greek for "mojo"), she has to start without it, a state that comes across as self-involved, intellectual snootiness of almost hateful proportions.