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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

Cameron Diaz , Ewan McGregor , Danny Boyle  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Dan Hedaya
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Writers: John Hodge
  • Producers: Andrew Macdonald, Margaret Hilliard, Sophie Byrne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: August 3, 1999
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305499144
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,144 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Life Less Ordinary" on IMDb

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Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor are star-crossed lovebirds on the lam in this twisted romantic comedy from the creators of "Trainspotting." Celine (Diaz) is a spoiled, rich young woman whose worst nightmare is having her credit card rejected. Robert (McGregor) is a hapless janitor whose greatest dream is to write the Great American Trash Novel. They have nothing in common - except the burning desire to live "a life less ordinary." When Celine is kidnapped by the inept Robert, a pair of celestial cops are dispatched to earth to make sure they live that "life less ordinary" together. Co-starring Oscar® -winner Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo.

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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good like tea - black and sweet June 20, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Every time I read a bad review of this movie, one of the main complaints is that the angels are out of place, or not needed. Not so! Their presence explains why the two radically different main characters fall for each other. Without the angels, this story would be a trite, Showtime-style story of "kidnapped girl falls for cute kidnapper", but the celestial help allows the romance to fall into place so that the story can progress beyond that. You know that Robert and Celine have to fall for each other, the fun is in how the angels arrange the circumstances that put them in "the love situation".
The humor in this movie is very black and/or subtle - you have to pay attention to the dialogue if you want to catch everything. It never becomes arch, though, and allows both characters, especially Robert (Ewan McGregor), to show their sweetness. One of the only problems was that in making Robert a 'good guy', the screenwriters kind of made him ineffectual - every character takes advantage him in some way. But McGregor conquers that obstacle and produces a great character, very much the star of the film. Watch for the grave scene. It is the ABSOLUTELY the funniest scene in a movie, ever. Also the ransom call scene. Both are driven by McGregor to great effect. (Why, Oh why, doesn't he do any books-on-tape? I could listen to that voice for hours!)
I am not a fan of romantic comedies, mostly because of the unrealism that two perfect people find each other and fall in love. ALLO is different, though, because it explains *why* they HAVE to fall for each other instead of just giving us the situation and making us believe it.
And to all those reviewers who don't understand the angels, go watch a Meg Ryan movie.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic Comedy With A Twist January 27, 2003
A LIFE LESS ORDINARY is definately an original movie. This is a completely original plot that is enriched by good actors. It stars Cameron Diaz, as the socialite Celine, and Ewan McGregor, who plays Robert, a custodian. Two angels are sent down to earth to help pair up these two unlikely people, and make them fall in love. Robert kidnaps Celine in an attempt to get back at her father, who got him fired and replaced him with a robot. At first they despise each other, but as the movie progresses she shows him how to be a success as a kidnapper, and he softens her attitude, and they eventually fall for each other. Hilarity ensues every time they seem to get off track and the angels make desperate attempts to put them back together, such as writing a poem, acting as killers. Overall it's a wonderful movie that is well acted and well scripted, definately a delight to see if you want something different or just enjoy good comedy with a twist.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally, An Original Romantic Comedy January 26, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
It's been a long time coming, but romantic comedies finally have the hope of seeming new and original. I had wanted to see this movie for a long time, and when I finally did, I wasn't at all dissapointed. This film was scalded by bad reviews and low box office take. Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz make a great team. McGregor is an extremly talented actor and he makes a great comic actor! One of the best scenes is where he tries making a ransom call, but has to keep starting over because he messes up! This movie has everything: great direction, good actors, a great story, and puts more than a few more than welcome kinks into the romantic comedy formula, which is turned upside down! This film is underrated and if you've heard all the reviews simply see the film for yourself. And even if you don't like it, it's not a bad Friday night video rental. Check it out.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The chemistry works December 30, 1999
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I don't understand why the critics slammed this movie so hard. Granted, the framing plot with the two evil angels is really, really stupid. But I can ignore that because the give-and-take between Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz is so funny, so charming, so perfectly acted. They work so well together, with Diaz as the spoiled-brat rich girl and McGregor is a sweet guy so bumbling he doesn't even know how to commit a crime properly and Diaz has to teach him. And check out the song-and-dance number where McGregor turns into a Broadway showman! The soundtrack music is great, too, especially R.E.M.'s "Leave." When I rented this movie last summer, I loved it so much I watched it four times in three days. I finally got my own copy for Christmas, and now I can watch it as much as I want. I suggest you add it to your video collection, too, so you can pull it off the shelf whenever you want to watch a fun, romantic comedy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny dark comedy, w/ a quirky sense of style June 22, 2002
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Ewan McGregor is fab, whatever he does. (Except maybe Phantom Menace.) He's a wonderful actor. Just had to get that out of the way. ^_^
I've heard this movie compared to Dogma, in the way that it's appeal varies dramaticlly, depending on what kind of person you are. It can either be very funny and witty, or too weird for certain tastes. The best way to tell if you like it, would be to watch it, and find out ^_^
This movie has some of my favorite quotes ever, (besides Romy and Michelle's Highschool Reunion...^_~) "If you don't pay up, I'm going to send your daughter home in... in boxes! Little boxes!" And once again, our beloved Ewan tries his hand at singing... a little 50's diner number with Cameron Diaz, in which they dance on the bar top.
This movie is not at all realistic. In fact, that's most of it's appeal. At the end of the movie, there is a clay-animation in which Ewan and Cameron Diaz fly away to Scotland in a little car. Realistic? I think not. But seeing the clay version of Ewan McGregor, (as well as all of the central charachters,) generates enough of a laugh to let you walk away with that fuzzy warm feeling. And as a dark comedy, it's a great way to end the movie.
Don't listen to cynics - definatley give this movie a chance!! ^_^
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Awesome film. Seriously.
Published 5 days ago by Nintendont
5.0 out of 5 stars great fun
I had seen this when it first came out and was looing for something funny to watch and this really fit the bill, even for the second time around
Published 2 months ago by new2kindle
1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING - Framed in 4:3
I actually bought this as a second hand copy however...This DVD version by Fox is actually 2.35:1 embedded in a 4:3 frame so you either get a stretched image or black bars on all 4... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David S. Graham
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a cute movie.
Cameron is a very rich young woman. Her father decides to make her go to work. This one worker that works for her father fines out he is being let go. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sueg
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites
This is one of those guilty pleasure movies. It's wrong in so many ways and that's why I love it. The characters are great.
Published 8 months ago by TJ
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Less Ordinary
I'd seen this movie twice before, most recently at Netflix. Holly Hunter is wonderful as a celestical angel. This tear jerking (for tears of happiness! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Paul Weaver
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie!
Really enjoyed the different plot, still boy meets girl, boy kidnaps girl, girl falls in love with boy, but all cast did really good job and very entertaining.
Published 14 months ago by Donna Rayl
4.0 out of 5 stars Different kind of RomCom
An atypical RomCom with spiritual/supernatural overtones that sets it apart from the crowd. In one respect it's similar to all the other "angels come to Earth to help pathetic... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Barry Zimmerman
5.0 out of 5 stars An unexpectedly good film :)
Honestly, I'm not a huge Cameron Diaz fan, so I really expected to watch for 10 minutes and then look for something else.

This is honestly a really entertaining movie. Read more
Published on December 27, 2011 by RE92
2.0 out of 5 stars Just Dumb!
How this one rated 4+ stars is beyond comprehension. I kept watching thinking it must get better -- well it didn't.
Published on December 4, 2011 by Linda
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