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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Kanig ...
Mel Winkler ...
Frank Naville
Anne Cullimore Decker ...
Violet Eldred Gesteten
Elliot Zweikel
K.K. Dodds ...
Tod Johnson


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 »

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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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The overhead shot when Robert is pulling the bag of money along the road with rope is computer generated. See more »


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 »


Celine: I'm not interested in you, or your novel, or any other pathetic ambition you have to change your miserable, mundane existence.
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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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Written by Liam Howe, Chris Corner, Kelli Dayton, Ian Pickering
Published by BMG Music Publishing Ltd.
Performed by 'The Sneaker Pimps' (as Sneaker Pimps)
Courtesy of Clean Up Records, Virgin Records America, Virgin Records GMBH
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McGregor and Diaz are real stars here
24 August 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Cameron Diaz, and Ewan McGregor caught my attention after his riveting performance in Trainspotting. McGregor is the bumbling kidnapper and Diaz is the victim who seems to know more about kidnapping than he does. All this makes for a really funny comic act from the duo as they progress from kidnapper/victim to lovers, with the help of some angels who live in a seemingly hip heaven. The pace of the movie doesn't let up much, and you find yourself immersed totally as you wait for the ending, which, sadly, could have more of a cliffhanger effect than it has now.

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