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Ordinary Magic (1993)

When his father dies, Jeffrey (Ryan Reynolds) is sent to live with his aunt Charlotte (Glenne Headly) in Canada. Once there he leads his aunt and his friends in staging a non-violent hunger... See full summary »

Director:

Giles Walker

Writers:

Malcolm Bosse (novel), Jefferson Lewis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ryan Reynolds ... Ganesh / Jeffrey
Glenne Headly ... Charlotte
David Fox ... Father / Warren
Anver Jameel Anver Jameel ... Running Boy
Kamalini Selvarajan Kamalini Selvarajan ... Indian Teacher
Denavaka Hamine Denavaka Hamine ... Vani
Sillaiyoor Selvarajan Sillaiyoor Selvarajan ... Doctor
Heath Lamberts ... Mayor
Joe Roncetti Joe Roncetti ... Tom
Les Rubie Les Rubie ... Pitky
Ron White ... Rick
Mark Wilson ... Mr. Harris
Cara Pifko ... Lucy
Gerry Quigley Gerry Quigley ... Phys. Ed. Teacher
James Bulliard ... Mick
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When his father dies, Jeffrey (Ryan Reynolds) is sent to live with his aunt Charlotte (Glenne Headly) in Canada. Once there he leads his aunt and his friends in staging a non-violent hunger strike to try to save his aunt's house from being demolished to make room for a ski resort. Written by Ellen Davis

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ganesh See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Written and Performed by Donald Stuart Seigal (as Donald Seigal) and George Gatt
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Eastern Wisdom Meets Western Greed
19 January 2005 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

OM is an ancient Hindu mantra, or sacred chant, that originated in Eastern cultures, and is used all over the world in spiritual practices such as yoga. OM is also an acronym for "Ordinary Magic", a low budget, indie film about a teenage boy (Ryan Reynolds) who, after having lived in India all his life and having learned spiritual ideas taught in India, moves to Canada to live with his aunt (Glenne Headly). The boy thus transports his knowledge and practice of Eastern religion to a totally different culture. In the story, both he and the people with whom he interacts must deal with ideas and ways of living that seem strange.

Part of the film's plot involves a greedy developer (Paul Anka) who tries to force the boy's aunt to leave her ancestral home, to make room for condos. The resulting conflict presents an opportunity for the boy to apply the spiritual principle of "satyagraha", as a way to resolve the conflict. The film's message here is rather simplistic, but archetypal. It's a clash between East and West, of materialism and religion, of David and Goliath.

"Ordinary Magic" is an unusual film. Some Westerners will be put off by its none too subtle message. Others will find the message refreshing. Because of its low key style and contemplative screenplay, I personally found OM to be a welcome change from the usual, mindless junk churned out by the Hollywood peddlers of violence and gore.


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