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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

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A desperate guy kidnaps a daughter of his former boss who recently fired him. Two angels are sent to Earth for checking 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 twisted love story from the filmmakers of "Trainspotting". See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une vie moins ordinaire 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, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$4,266,243, 23 November 1997

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,700,000, 9 November 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (Rankcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The scene where Robert (Ewan McGregor) almost hits O'Reilly (Holly Hunter), who is lying in the road, was shot backwards and then reversed in post-production. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 Trainspotting (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

It's War
Written by Peter Svensson (as Svensson), Nina Persson (as Persson)
Published by Songs of PolyGram International, Inc.
Performed by The Cardigans
Courtesy of Stockholm Records
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Another whimsical and wacky comedy!!!
27 April 2004 | by PeachHamBeachSee 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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