A Life Less Ordinary

October 24th, 1997


A Life Less Ordinary

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Ewan McGregor stars as a cleaning man in L.A. who takes his boss' daughter hostage after being fired and replaced by a robot...

Release Year: 1997

Rating: 6.3/10 (21,390 voted)

Critic's Score: 35/100

Director: Danny Boyle

Stars: Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, Holly Hunter

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, offer some unsolicited help to bring this unlikely couple together.

Ewan McGregor - Robert Lewis
Cameron Diaz - Celine Naville
Holly Hunter - O'Reilly
Delroy Lindo - Jackson
Dan Hedaya - Gabriel
Ian McNeice - Mayhew
Frank Kanig - Ted
Mel Winkler - Francis 'Frank' Naville
Stanley Tucci - Elliot Zweikel
Anne Cullimore Decker - Violet Eldred Gesteten
K.K. Dodds - Lily
Tony Shalhoub - Al
Christopher Gorham - Walt
Ian Holm - Naville
Maury Chaykin - Tod Johnson

Taglines: A twisted love story from the filmmakers of "Trainspotting".

Release Date: 24 October 1997

Filming Locations: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $2,007,279 (USA) (26 October 1997) (1207 Screens)

Gross: $4,700,000 (Worldwide) (9 November 1997) (except USA)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The overhead shot when Robert is pulling the bag of money along the road with rope is computer generated.

Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): O'Reilly pays $40 to the hiker with seven banknotes, including three $20 notes, a $10, and a $5.

Naville: Celine, why don't you give me the gun?
Celine: Because as he dreamt, I shall save his life with an arrow, an arrow of my love for him.
[she shoots Robert in the heart]

User Review

A difference of opinion.

Rating: 10/10

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 (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.


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