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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

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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 <>

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janitor | angel | hostage | heaven | novel | See All (114) »


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

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Both Holly Hunter and Ewan McGregor play the French horn. See more »


When O'Relly is paying off the hiker/car-jacker, she says "Here's $40." She hands him six bills. The top three are 20s (one of which you can see the bottom of the bill if not its digit in the corner), the next is a 10, then a 5 and on the bottom another 10. $85 in total. See more »


Robert: I'm writing a novel myself, a lot of people say that, but in my case it's true.
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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 »


References The Hudsucker Proxy (1994) See more »


Written by Beck (as Beck Hansen), Michael Simpson (as Simpson), John King (as King)
Published by Cyanide Breathmint Music, BMG Songs, Inc., Dust Brothers Music
Performed by Beck
Produced by Beck (as Beck Hansen), Dust Brothers
Courtesy of DGC Records, Geffen Records
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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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