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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

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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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 »


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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24 October 1997 (USA)  »

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Une vie moins ordinaire  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

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$2,007,279 (USA) (26 October 1997)

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$4,266,243 (USA) (23 November 1997)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jackson (Delroy Lindo) announces himself as from the "Firm but Fair Eviction & Collection Agency", but the name on their truck (and later on their building) is written as "Firm but Fair Collection & Eviction Agency". See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Naville sets the black bag of ransom money on his desk, he originally has his hand flat on the bag. The next shot he is holding the handle of the bag in an upright position. The scene goes back and forth between these shots with the hand changing positions each time. See more »

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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

For the start of the credits, the top half of image contains a wide box (2.35:1?) which runs footage furthering the plotline. Note the film itself was in 1.85:1. See more »

Connections

References Reservoir Dogs (1992) See more »

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Full Throttle
Written by Liam Howlett
Published by EMI Virgin Music Ltd.
Performed by The Prodigy
Courtesy of Mute Corp./XL Recording
By Arrangement with Warner Special Products
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McGregor and Diaz are real stars here
24 August 2000 | by (Singapore) – See all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Cameron Diaz, and Ewan McGregor caught my attention after his riveting performance in Trainspotting. McGregor is the bumbling kidnapper and Diaz is the victim who seems to know more about kidnapping than he does. All this makes for a really funny comic act from the duo as they progress from kidnapper/victim to lovers, with the help of some angels who live in a seemingly hip heaven. The pace of the movie doesn't let up much, and you find yourself immersed totally as you wait for the ending, which, sadly, could have more of a cliffhanger effect than it has now.


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