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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... O'Reilly
... Jackson
... Gabriel
... Celine Naville
... Mayhew
... Robert Lewis
Frank Kanig ... Ted
Mel Winkler ... Frank Naville
Anne Cullimore Decker ... Violet Eldred Gesteten
... Elliot Zweikel
... Lily
... Al
... Naville
... Walt
... 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 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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24 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Une vie moins ordinaire  »

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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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1.85 : 1
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The author of the romantic novel read by Celine (Cameron Diaz) and O'Reilly (Holly Hunter) is Jennifer Hodge. This is the name of the wife of Screenwriter John Hodge. See more »

Goofs

When Robert is digging the grave, Jackson is talking to him, sitting on the ground with legs crossed. There is a cut to Jackson's back, and a few seconds later a front view shows him with legs out-stretched. See more »

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[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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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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Referenced in Beck: Deadweight (1997) See more »

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Beyond the Sea
(La Mer)
Music by Charles Trenet
French lyrics by Charles Trenet
English lyrics by Jack Lawrence
Performed by Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor
Published by PolyGram International Publishing Inc., France Music Corp., Editions Raoul Breton,
MPL Communications Inc.
Arranged by Matt Muhoberac
Produced by Jon Huck
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A Magical Movie
13 September 2005 | by 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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