A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

R  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Fantasy  |  24 October 1997 (USA)
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Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two "angels" who are in charge of human relationships on earth,... See full summary »



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Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two "angels" who are in charge of human relationships on earth, offer some unsolicited help to bring this unlikely couple together. Written by <CherylC894@aol.com>

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A comedy for anyone who's ever been in danger...of falling in love. See more »

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Une vie moins ordinaire  »

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Box Office


$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,007,279 (USA) (24 October 1997)


DEM 1,682,281 (Germany) (30 January 1998)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Robert almost hits O'Reilly who is laying in the road, was shot backwards and then reversed in post production. See more »


When Robert is digging the grave, Jackson is talking to him, sitting on the ground with legs crossed. There is a cut to Jackson's back, and a few seconds later a front view shows him with legs out-stretched. See more »


[about to execute Robert]
Jackson: I commit you to His mercy.
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Crazy Credits

When the preciding footage ends, it's followed by claymation animation containing the principal characters of the film engaged in further adventures. See more »


References It Happened One Night (1934) See more »


Written by Clay McMurrey, Pamela Sawyer and Laverne Ware
Published by Jobete Music Co. Inc., EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by Gladys Knight
Courtesy of Motown Records
By Arrangement with PolyGram Film and TV Licensing
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A difference of opinion.
3 November 2003 | by (Manchester, England) – See all my reviews

It seems that with A Life Less Ordinary you either love it or you hate it. Personally I am of the former persuasion, with it being a favourite of mine. I can see were the detractors come from, especially after viewing Boyle & Hodge's previous works. ALLO is in a completely different in style to their previous two films Shallow Grave and Trainspotting. But to say it is the weaker of the three films would be a fallacy. Stylistically the film is excellent - reminding me a lot of a Coen brothers film. The script is spot on and the performances of McGregor and Diaz are both excellent (which surprised me for Diaz) as their does seem to be a real chemistry between the two. A very enjoyable romantic comedy overall, and if an old cynic like me can say that, it must be good.

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