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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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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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 »


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Celine: I'd like to make a withdrawal.
Robert: I thought we agreed there'd be no cliches.
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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 Stairway to Heaven (1946) See more »


Written by Roland 'Rollo' Armstrong (as Rollo), Jamie Catto & Mark Bates
Published by BMG, Cheeky Music, Copyright Control
Performed by Dusted
Courtesy of Cheeky Records Ltd.
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A Magical Movie
13 September 2005 | by (California US) – See all my reviews

I just love watching movies where I do not expect excellence - and yet there it is. I was very happy with a Life Less Ordinary. It seemed to me to be unique, charming, fun and just a great way to spend some enjoyable time.

When a movie gets this enjoyable, I need to ask why. In my opinion in this movie its "casting" was exceptional. And of course one then has to credit directing that puts the cast at their best. Clearly Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz can both be characters. Well, this is a movie that puts them at their best, funniest and most charming. The director also brings out their unique features as an actor and actress that just makes the movie enjoyable.

The highlight of this kidnapping movie is also unexpected. It for me was the song and dance routine with Ewan and Cameron. They were great - fun and charming.

This is a movie that I will want to watch again and again.

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