A Life Less Ordinary

A Life Less Ordinary

Infobox Film
name = A Life Less Ordinary

caption = Movie poster
director = Danny Boyle
producer = Andrew Macdonald
writer = John Hodge
starring = Ewan McGregor
Cameron Diaz
Holly Hunter
Delroy Lindo
Ian Holm
Dan Hedaya
Maury Chaykin
Ian McNeice
Tony Shalhoub
Stanley Tucci
music = David Arnold
cinematography = Brian Tufano
editing = Masahiro Hirakubo
distributor = 20th Century Fox (USA)
PolyGram Filmed Entertainment (UK)
released = 24 October 1997
runtime = 103 mins
country = UK
language = English
budget = $12,000,000 (estimated)
awards =
amg_id = 1:158594
imdb_id = 0119535

"A Life Less Ordinary" is a 1997 romantic/black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Boyle and John Hodge. Following the international success of "Trainspotting", Hodge and Boyle sought to use funding from Channel 4 to make a film that would appeal to a U.S. audience, but this follow-up proved something of a mis-fireFact|date=March 2008.

It stars Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, and Delroy Lindo. Unusually, the film was serialised as a full-length comic strip within leading British comic 2000AD, written by then-editor David Bishop and drawn by Steve Yeowell - the first film to receive such treatment in Britain for almost a decade.


O'Reilly (Hunter) and Jackson (Lindo) are two angels whose jobs are to unite man and woman in eternal bliss on Earth. After a bad run that included several divorces and irreconcilable sexual disharmony, the two are in danger of being banished to Earth. Their latest job, however, can save them. Their mission: bring together Robert Lewis (McGregor) and Celine Naville (Diaz).

Robert is a dreaming, but hapless janitor who just got fired, replaced by a durable robot, jilted and evicted by the Firm But Fair Eviction & Collection Agency (O'Reilly and Jackson's front). Celine is a spoiled and wealthy heiress, whose most recent jerk of a fiancé got a bullet to the brain, after Celine told him not to move. The two finally meet when Robert bursts into his boss' (Ian Holm) office while he's punishing Celine (his daughter). Robert first deals with pack of security guards, grabs one's revolver and gets attacked "again" by the guards before Celine kicks him the gun. Holding Naville at gunpoint, Robert demands his job back, by counting to 5. Naville laughs as Robert only gets to 4, before Celine says 5 causing him to hit Naville in the leg. With that, Robert takes an eager Celine hostage. Robert, however, is an inept kidnapper. While making his ransom demand, he keeps making mistakes, like letting himself get interrupted, dialing the wrong number and switching the main words ("Right, daughter. I've got your asshole here."). O'Reilly and Jackson, meanwhile, pay Naville a visit, dressed as bounty hunters. To keep Naville from hiring others that will keep their dream pair apart, O'Reilly sweet-talks herself and Jackson into getting the job of returning Robert and Celine.

The rest of the film features Robert and Celine, first bickering, then falling in love as they flee the two angels (who are putting the two in jeopardy to keep the together), Naville and his butler/bodyguard and ordinary life in general.

Supporting Cast

*Stanley Tucci as Elliot
*Dan Hedaya as Gabriel
*Maury Chaykin as Tod Johnson
*Tony Shalhoub as Al
*Ian McNeice as Mayhew


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*"Velvet Divorce" - The Sneaker Pimps
*"Human" - Elastica
*"Oh" - Underworld
*"Peace In The Valley" - Alabama 3/A3 featuring Errol Thompson
*"Will You Love Me Tomorrow" - The Shirelles
*"Deadweight" - Beck
*"Dwr Budr" - Orbital
*"The Box" - Orbital
*"Full Throttle" - The Prodigy
*"Beyond The Sea Karaoke Version" - Written By Jack Lawrence And Charles Trenet
*"Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town" - Written By Mel Tillis
*"Leave" - R.E.M.
*"Don't Leave" - Faithless
*"A Life Less Ordinary" - Ash
*"Kingdom Of Lies" - Folk Implosion
*"If Loving You Is Wrong" - Faithless
*"It's War" - The Cardigans
*"Beyond The Sea" - Bobby Darin
*"Always On My Mind" - Elvis Presley
*"Deeper River" - Dusted
*"Put A Lid On It" - Squirrel Nut Zippers
*"Round Are Way" - Oasis
*"If I Were Your Woman" - G
*"Love Is Here" - Luscious Jackson

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