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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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A sequel to Trainspotting (1996).

Director: Danny Boyle
Stars: Ewan McGregor
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O'Reilly
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Jackson
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Gabriel
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Mayhew
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Frank Kanig ...
Ted
Mel Winkler ...
Frank Naville
Anne Cullimore Decker ...
Violet Eldred Gesteten
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Elliot Zweikel
K.K. Dodds ...
Lily
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Al
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Naville
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Walt
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Tod Johnson
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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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novel | robot | janitor | angel | ransom | See All (114) »

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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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24 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Une vie moins ordinaire  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,200,000 (Non-US) (31 October 1997)

Gross:

DEM 1,682,281 (Germany) (30 January 1998)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The author of the romantic novel read by Celine and O'Reilly is Jennifer Hodge. This is the name of the wife of writer John Hodge. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Naville sets the black bag of ransom money on his desk, he originally has his hand flat on the bag. The next shot he is holding the handle of the bag in an upright position. The scene goes back and forth between these shots with the hand changing positions each time. See more »

Quotes

Jackson: I hate it down here. I hate the air, I hate the food, I hate the plumbing. I ache all over. I sweat in the heat and I ache in the cold. And why can't we stay someplace decent?
O'Reilly: Budget doesn't cover that.
Jackson: Exactly. Why not?
O'Reilly: You know those mysterious ways you keep hearing about, Jackson? Well, this is one of them.
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Crazy Credits

For the start of the credits, the top half of image contains a wide box (2.35:1?) which runs footage furthering the plotline. Note the film itself was in 1.85:1. See more »

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References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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A LIFE LESS ORDINARY
Written by Tim Wheeler (as T. Wheeler)
Published by Island Music Ltd.
Performed by Ash
Courtesy of Infectious Records Ltd.
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Another whimsical and wacky comedy!!!
27 April 2004 | by (Morro Bay, Hammett Valley, Twin Rocks) – See all my reviews

Years ago I didn't really like this film. I couldn't get into it, but I watched it the other night, needing a Ewan fix, and I loved it!!! It does seem a very strange mess of a movie if you browse thru it or happen to miss a scene while going to the bathroom, but I made myself pause it when I needed to and now I seem to get it!!!

Part road trip, part romantic comedy, part wacky comedy, part fantasy, it's all about how the angel Gabriel (Dan Hedaya) is getting pressure from the Big Man Himself to arrange love matches that will actually last.

Down on earth, oblivious to what's going on in heaven, a janitor named Robert (Ewan McGregor) has just been fired and replaced by a robot. His ruthless boss (a hysterical Ian Holm) refuses to even act apologetic about replacing hardworking men with mindless robots he doesn't have to pay. His reason completely gone, Robert kidnaps the spoiled princess daughter of his boss, Celine (Cameron Diaz) and hits the road with her, hoping to get his job, some money, or just an apology!!!

This is the kind of film which is perfect when you need something very fluffy and fun with no heaviness. There is some violence (one very funny scene involves Delroy Lindo forcing Robert to dig his own grave), but it's so funny and comedic that it's not going to fit in with the regular violence in movies, like in Die Hard or something.

It's a very delightful film for anyone who likes Ewan or Cameron. I think they had great chemistry and the whole movie was just pure fun!!!


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