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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in Los Angeles, who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot. Two "angels", who are in charge of human relationships ... See full summary »

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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
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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 Los Angeles, 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 twisted love story from the filmmakers of "Trainspotting". See more »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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24 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Une vie moins ordinaire  »

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Box Office

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,007,279 (USA) (26 October 1997)

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$4,266,243 (USA) (23 November 1997)
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1.85 : 1
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Julia Roberts was considered for the role of Celine. See more »

Goofs

[Around 1:23:00] While playing blackjack, Jackson says "I have sixteen. And you ?" then he checks Celine's two cards. These are a "2" and a "3" : their position on the table change from shoot to shoot. See more »

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Man: [v.o] So, here's the deal. We are in the garden, right? And everything is great. And there's this tree. And the man says, "Ooh, see that tree? "Don't eat the fruit of that tree. "That apple you do not eat." He goes inside, names some animals - maybe takes a dump. Anyway,what does she do? She eats the apple! I can't believe what I'm seeing! He says, "Don't eat it!" She eats it! Unbelievable! Since then, men,women... I don't know. It's all going wrong!
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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 »

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References Trainspotting (1996) See more »

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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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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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