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Plot: 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,... Runtime: 103 mins Release Date: 24 Oct 1997
It seems that with A Life Less Ordinary you either love it or you hate it. Personally I am of the former persuasion, with it being a favourite of mine. I can see were the detractors come from, especially after viewing Boyle & Hodge's previous works. ALLO is in a completely different in style to their previous two films Shallow Grave and Trainspotting. But to say it is the weaker of the three films would be a fallacy. Stylistically the film is excellent - reminding me a lot of a Coen brothers film. The script is spot on and the performances of McGregor and Diaz are both excellent <more>
which surprised me for Diaz as their does seem to be a real chemistry between the two. A very enjoyable romantic comedy overall, and if an old cynic like me can say that, it must be good.
I only just saw this film, and I think it is one of the best films I've ever seen. I'm doing a study on all my favourite actors, and I'm on Ewan McGregor. When I watched it for the first time I thought it was brilliant. Then I started to think if it was a film worth seeing again. I was bored on that day so I decided to watch it. I still thought it was great so I watched it again the next day. I've seen it three times now and I love it! If you're in to action, romance and comedy and you wish you could see a film with all three, you should really watch this film. And the <more>
good thing is there are only two kisses. There is a great cast and it has a great storyline. Cameron Diaz does a very good job as well as Ewan McGregor and all the other cast. A brief description would be: There are two angels Hunter and Lindo that have to go to Earth and make people fall in love. Robert McGregor is a person who loses everything, including his job, so he goes to his boss and asks for it back. His boss' daughter Diaz is there and so he kidnaps her and they keep falling apart, as these are the two people that have to fall in love.
Probably the best romantic comedy ever (by kurciasbezdalas)
Danny Boyle became my favorite director after I watched this film. It looks like no matter how simple plot may appear, he still can make a masterpiece of it. The humor is pretty weird and subtle and that is what's good about it. It's really unusual film. It's not like other Danny Boyle's works Tainspotting or Shallow Grave but has some similarities. Actually it is even better in it's own way. Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz are probably the best film couple in history of cinema or at least it seems like it to me right now . Althau some people may not understand this film <more>
because it's pretty weird and even may appear banal sometimes but it's not. I think it was in really original way portrayed how two totally different people can fall in love with each other. Personally I think this is the best love story ever told.
A pair of angels are not to return to heaven before they've accomplished their mission: to make two people on earth fall in love and stick together. (by caroline-bjurstedt-1)
Finally, a romantic comedy that is original, intelligent and truly funny. Not to say unpredictable! Usually I dislike this genre, but i can't help loving this movie.The cast is great, and the chemistry between Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor is sparkling. And McGregor even manages to look good in spite of a terrible hair cut. What a performance. Holly Hunter is great as usual. Please also notice the appearance of Maurey Chakin as the somewhat odd neighbor. If you happen to recognize him, it could be from "My Cousin Vinny", where he plays the grit-eating witness.This movie has a <more>
smart and entertaining dialog and a number of unforgettable scenes and jokes. And it even brings out the romantic in an old cynic like me.
This film simply does everything right! I stumbled upon it while looking for older Cameron Diaz movies, and have since tried to convert as many friends as possible to its genius! Its story is a slightly off-beat love story, whereby two Celestial Beings are sent down to Earth to unite man and woman in Holy Matromony, but that's not as easy as it might sound! What happens as a result is that Robert McGregor loses his job, home and girlfriend, in fairly quick succession, and so kidnaps his boss' daughter, Celine Diaz . They, rather inevitably, grow closer, and realise that both want a <more>
life that is less ordinary than the one they are living.There are moments that are a little strange and wouldn't make sense in the real world, but, this is movie world!! So try to overlook and accept them and you'll truly love this film! The cast have to be praised as well, as everyone of them shines, there's real chemistry from the two leads, and a really experienced performance from Diaz despite being so early on in her career. Holly Hunter is amazing in it, she really delivers a stand out performance, and Maury Chaykin as Mr Johnson, from up the hill, is hilarious! All in all this is a really excellent little film, that seems to have been undeservedly overlooked.
A movie hardly ordinary. A great romantic comedy!! (by egonzalez-49-75564)
A life less ordinary has received many critics from people that simply didn't get it, but this is a happy and well executed movie about love and life with great performances and great humor it is subtle, not for everyone . The theme is full of surprises and it doesn't let you get bored at any time. DannyBoyle is a great director, i like most of his movies, and in this one he got the best out of the cast and the story. It has great pace and you really get involve with them McGregor and Diaz and their love story. Even Holly Hunter, who I don't usually like, is very good. It's <more>
a refreshing movie that will keep you wanting to see it again and again. I know I have.
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 <more>
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.
If You Get It, Its Amazing, If Not, Its Not (by ecwjedi)
I remember seeing A Life Less Ordinary back in the late 1990s with high expectations as Trainspotting was one, and still is, one of my all time favorite films. What I got was a different film, but not in a bad way. It was fun and very different from anything else that came out around that time. But the funny thing was that after I saw it I kept thinking about it, little things; lines and camera shots that stuck in my head. By the time I watched it again, a week or so later, it was like the film was an old friend. There is a charm in every scene of A Life Less Ordinary and if you are able to <more>
pick up on it the film is a great experience. People I know are split on the film, most think its just OK. Although I enjoy ALLO its not perfect, some parts don't work very well and come across as corny, but the good, my man Ewan is just great as the lovable loser, far outweighs the bad and thats why it has a place in my film collection.no quote This review was originally written by a man but then a robot replaced him.
After the success of Trainspotting 1995 , British filmmaking trio, Danny Boyle, John Hodge & Andrew MacDonald made A Life less Ordinary. The film could not be a more different departure from their previous effort. A Life less Ordinary is a wild and sweat natured romantic fantasy, concerning our hero Robert Ewan McGregor and spoiled rich girl Celine Cameron Diaz and the two angels Hunter & Lindo who are given the task of getting them to fall in love. Boyle uses many great cinematic techniques to make the film seem even more fantastic, and Hodges writing is some of the funniest <more>
in a long time. Sadly the film does go off the rails somewhat in the last twenty minutes, but it's still an extremely entertaining film, full of bizarre characters and images that makes it one of the most enjoyable two hours you could spend watching a film.8/10