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LIFE LESS ORDINARY, A

SYNOPSIS:
Robert (Ewan McGregor) is one of life's losers. He works as a janitor in a giant corporation, but dreams of something . . . less ordinary, while he writes what he hopes will be the great American trash novel. Sharp-tongued Celine (Cameron Diaz) on the other hand, has never wanted for anything in her short and pampered life as the daughter of Robert's boss, Naville (Ian Holm). The grossest indignity she can imagine is having her credit card rejected. But like Robert she's bored. In heaven, two celestial cops (Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo) are given the toughest assignment of their career by Gabriel: to make Celine and Robert fall in love. When two such different lives collide, sparks fly. He kidnaps her - or is it the other way round? Kidnap leads to collaboration - of the bank robbing type. Collaboration leads to something more... or at least that's the plan. But it doesn't appear to be working: rather than falling in love Robert and Celine are bickering: rather than coming together they seem to be falling apart.

"This highly imaginative and innovative script provides a star vehicle for stunner Cameron Diaz, but while there are top ingredients in the mix, there are just too many ideas thrown together, which inevitably work against each other. The off-beat angels premise works well bringing with it some of the filmís most shining moments: Holly Hunter gives an over-the-top showy performance as the angel-from-hell, counteracted solidly by Delroy Lindo as angelic partner Jackson. While Diaz pouts, preens and looks gorgeous, showing her good comic sense of timing, her performance lacks emotional oomph - or sparks with co-star Ewan McGregor. McGregor is loveable and complex as the down and out janitor with dreams, but while some of the situations are funny, the love story element has no credibility and doesnít ever leave the ground. There are some delightful characters: Shalhoub as the bar owner and Tucci as the dentist-on-the-edge. But the relationship between Celine and her father (Ian Holm) doesnít gel, nor do the karaoke & fantasy scenes. So: A Life Less Ordinary is an off-beat fable filled with good ingredients, but far too cluttered to succeed."
Louise Keller

"Right on, Louise. But what hip angels! Guntoting, foul mouthed killers, especially Holly Hunter, whose baccy chewing, indestructible and sardonic vamp is really the star here. I wanted HER story. In fact, it feels like it WAS her story, but somebody glugged it up with all this Cameron Diaz nonsense (sorry Paul). Lindo is great too; so is the entire supporting cast. Even the throw away characters are terrific. One great scene, with the angels sheltering from the rain in plastic macs while staking out a bar where the romance is supposed to bloom, is sheer cinematic magic. Up there with the great scenes of all times; but what of the rest? Not much. Another thing: the film rushes past its natural ending, trying too hard for something it isnít. Too slight in romantic terms, overweighted by the effort and gung-hoism of the plot. Wished I coulda liked it, but it needs more work."
Andrew L. Urban

"Only through the masterful genius of director Danny Boyle, what could have ended up as your conventional, kooky romantic comedy, is an original, black, hilarious and deliciously sardonic work. Glorious to the eye and ear, A Life Less Ordinary makes the assumption that we are all destined to find some kind of partner, but certain lost souls need a bigger nudge than others. Here is a film that celebrates the complexities and foibles of impossible love, making us believe that these two disparate characters are destined for each other. Visually stylish with a musical score that enhances the film's often unnerving situations, some zany, others darkly ridiculous, this is Boyle at his luminous best, crating a witty and entertaining gem that is unpredictable and full of memorable characters. The performances are as skilled and honest as the direction and writing. Diaz is a marvel to behold, a real revelation: smart, sexy, poignant, vulnerable, tough, all embroiled in a wonderfully luminous package. With this film, a star is born. She's aided by the equally memorable McGregor who shows his viciously comedic side to perfect advantage. Ian Holm also turns in a scene-stealing performance as Celine's arrogant father, the root of her problems in life and love, and Holly Hunter is amazing as an angel with a difference. Remember Diaz's hilarious karaoke scene in Best Friend's Wedding? Well, she does another one, but this time she sings and dances her way into one of the most unashamedly romantic sequences in the movie. Hypnotic, hilarious and charming, enhanced by an undercurrent of savagery, A Life Less Ordinary is indeed a film most extraordinary, and one of the year's best."
Paul Fischer

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LIFE LESS ORDINARY, A (M)
(UK)

CAST: Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy lindo, Ian Holm, Ian McNeice, Stanley Tucci, Dan Hedaya, Tony Shalhoub, K.K. Dodds, Maury Chaykin, Judith Ivey

DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle

PRODUCER: Andrew Madonald

SCRIPT: John Holdge

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Brian Tufano

EDITOR: Masahiro Hirakubo

MUSIC: David Arnold

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Kave Quinn

RUNNING TIME: 103 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: PolyGram

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: November 13, 1997








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