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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

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Upon being fired, a desperate guy kidnaps a daughter of his former boss. Two angels are sent to Earth to check if love is possible in this case.

Director:

Danny Boyle

Writer:

John Hodge
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Holly Hunter ... O'Reilly
Delroy Lindo ... Jackson
Dan Hedaya ... Gabriel
Cameron Diaz ... Celine Naville
Ian McNeice ... Mayhew
Ewan McGregor ... Robert Lewis
Frank Kanig Frank Kanig ... Ted
Mel Winkler Mel Winkler ... Frank Naville
Anne Cullimore Decker Anne Cullimore Decker ... Violet Eldred Gesteten
Stanley Tucci ... Elliot Zweikel
K.K. Dodds ... Lily
Tony Shalhoub ... Al
Ian Holm ... Naville
Christopher Gorham ... Walt
Maury Chaykin ... Tod Johnson
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Storyline

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 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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Trivia

Though most of his scene was cut from the movie, Timothy Olyphant (Hiker) later said he was hugely inspired by watching Holly Hunter work and the creative choices she made. He said his experience on his first few roles up to that point had been relatively uninspiring, but seeing how focused Hunter was made him want to keep working. 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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
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 »

Connections

References Shallow Grave (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is Here
Written by Jill Cunniff
Published by EMI April Music Inc., Grand Royal Music, Luscious Jackson Music
Performed by Luscious Jackson
Courtesy of Grand Royal Records, Capitol Records Inc.
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User Reviews

 
Not an Ordinary Film
4 April 2006 | by REvans9092See all my reviews

I LOVED this film. It's a joyous, hilarious romp through the lives of two star-crossed lovers. The theme is original, unpredictable and full of surprises. Even the ending was a surprise to me. Cameron Diaz is an excellent actor as a rich-girl you love one minute and hate the next. Her quirky nature is presented in a credible manner. Iwan McGregor is believable as her fated, working-class lover. They act well together as a couple trying to deny their feelings for one another. Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo are believable as well in their heaven-sent roles. There is violence but it fits into the scenes and is not excessive. You'll even laugh at the villains. Unfortunately, the love scenes are scarce...I would have liked a little more romance! This is a film to view in its' entirety...not in bits and pieces.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Life Less Ordinary See more »

Filming Locations:

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,007,279, 26 October 1997

Gross USA:

$4,366,722

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,366,722
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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