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      15.04.2010 18:38
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      Great movie that's worth watching

      A Life Less Ordinary was released in the late 1990's and is a comedy that might not be to everyone tastes but I found it to be pretty entertaining when I watched and the main roles are for Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz, both of whom are normally good value to watch. I found in my opinion the movie to be pretty funny if not a little strange. It is not completely original in regards to the story but is definately interesting. The movie came from the same guys that did Trainspotting so that's a good sign I think.

      Robert is played by Ewan McGregor and is a janitor with big dreams. However, his dreams are shattered when he finds out he's been fired and to make matters worse due to be replaced by a robot. He is then dumped by his girlfriend to add insult to injury. He goes crazy and storms up to the owner of the company's office. When he gets there he finds the robot to replace him and the owner's daughter, Celine. Her father tells her that she has to work for a living and is fed up of her sponging off him. A series of events trigger Celine to help Robert get hold of a gun and shoot her father in the leg! He panics and escapes with Celine in tow, almost like a hostage, although she is not really unwilling to go along.

      While all this is happening the angel Gabriel has the unenviable task of reprimanding his two favourite angels as they are constantly setting up couples on earth that just don't stay together. So his assignment is to get Robert and Celine to fall in love or else these two angels will be stuck on earth forever. So the stage is set and so begins this pretty hilarious love story.

      There are some very funny scenes in the movie itself as Robert learns a bit about being a kidnapper from Celine herself and they start to plot how they can get their hands on the ransom money. To add the fact the angels are trying to get them together adds a certain humour into the mix.

      Both Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor do great jobs in their respective roles and this is a great little movie that is pretty funny if you haven't seen it before.

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      24.03.2010 17:12
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      Can the angels make Robert and Celine fall in love?

      Robert works as a janitor, well that is until he gets fired and told his job will be taken over by a robot. To make matters worse for him his girlfriend also tells him she is seeing someone else. Robert is out of luck and takes it upon himself to go and see his old boss and demand his job back. Things take a turn for the worse when Robert sees his old boss taking with him a gun, unfortunately the bosses daughter Celine is in the office, Celine is a spoilt rich girl who thinks she is so much better than everyone else. Robert accidentally shoots the boss in the leg and then he takes Celine hostage.

      In heaven news of Roberts luck has two angels called to make Robert and Celine fall in love and live happily ever after. This is going to be harder than they thought though as Robert and Celine are not getting along.

      Will Robert be able to go through with his kidnapping and will the angels ever be able to get the two together and make them see that they love each other?

      The plot summery for this film may seem very basic and strange but this is really all that happens during the film. Don't get me wrong it is enjoyable to watch and very funny at times but there is not a lot happening.

      Ewan McGregor took the role of Robert and he looked so young, he did a good job with the character and made him very realistic. I felt sorry for him when he was so down on his luck and loved the chemistry and difference between his character and that of Celine. Celine was played by again a very young Cameron Diaz and she too gave a great performance. I loved how she thought she was so much better than everyone and how in the end she had to tell Robert what he should be doing during the kidnapping. They had a good on screen chemistry which really did show during the film.

      There are a few supporting actors in the film but for me the main ones where that of the angels. They were quite strange people as they did not work or do actions like would have expected them too. At times I was not able to work out what they were trying to do as they seemed to be working against the characters they were supposed to be helping but this did make for some entertaining viewing.

      The film was made back in 1998 and this is very apparent from the clothes that the characters are wearing and the sets and props which were used. I don't think the slightly dated appearance spoilt the film though and I did not really think much about it when I was watching. The effects were good and looked very real and there were no noticeable added backdrops or cheaply made effects. The music was also very good throughout and helped with the drama and tension of the scenes in which it was used.

      There are a good few funny moments in the film and these mainly happen between Celine and Robert as they hate each other when the film starts and he kidnaps her, they have a good few arguments but even as they soften towards each other we still get a lot of good banter. The angels also give us some good laughs with the things that they get up to. This is not a great laugh out loud comedy but it is very amusing no the least.

      The DVD which I have does have a small amount of bonus features which include:-

      Interviews with cast and crew
      Behind the scenes material

      I have not taken the time to view any of these so I am not able to make comment on them.

      The running time of this film is 99 minutes and I found this to be quite long enough, the story moved at a good pace from start to finish and I was not loosing interest at any point. The certificate is a 15 and I would say this is slightly high and rate this at a 12. I paid just £2 for this in Asda which I felt to be a bargain.

      I do recommend this film as it is very entertaining with a few good laughs in and the acting and story is very good, just try to get it for a bargain price like I did.

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      15.03.2010 18:11
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      A Quality film!

      I love this film. I can't believe I have not yet reviewed it! So here it is, long overdue!

      A Life Less Ordinary came out way back in 1997. Its kind of a dark comedy starring Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo. The film was directed by Danny Boyle and when it was released did quite well at the box office. However the film only picked up one award which I think is wrong as it deserved way more credit.

      The film tells the story of Robert who is a cleaner for a big firm. One day Robert snaps, he looses it with his boss and decides to kidnap the daughter of the company owner. In doing so he angers lots of people and causes chaos. The woman he has stolen is Celine, she is sexy and intelligent and Robert soon finds himself falling for her.

      Meanwhile two angels are in danger of being kicked out of heaven. They have failed in there recent assignments so are given one last chance to make the grade. They must get Robert and Celine together. This is going to be a hard job and some serious problems crop up.

      So the story tells of how these two plots interchange and become involved. There are lots of twist and turn and its all very entertaining. I really like McGregors performance in this and he is backed up well by Diaz. I also really enjoy Holly Hunters performance, she is really funny and plays a wonderful part.

      One of my favourite things about this film is the soundtrack. There are some amazing songs on here that seem to kick in at just the right time. My favourite is Leave by REM that sounds amazing on this film and inspired me to go and buy there album.

      The film is very well shot, some really stylish views and some good camera work tie everything together very well. The fact that this film is far from 'the ordinary' really does not matter. The story is so well told that it really does become believable and you really start to live the film along with the characters.

      The film runs for 103 minutes which really flies by. At no point did I feel the film was dragging and I was always enjoying it. I was surprised how fast the film went which is always a good sign that your enjoying it.

      The film is rated as 15. There is some strong language and some scenes of a sexual nature. And there are also some quite graphic scenes so not the kind of film you would show to children or people who are easily offended.

      The DVD itself is pretty standard. It has a few features such as trailers and extra scenes, but nothing that would get me to excited. You should get his for the film itself!

      Overall this is a brilliant film. It would probably make my all time top ten which is really saying something. The music is amazing and the actors are great. If you have never seen this film it's one you should really check out. There is so much to enjoy and I'm sure most people will love it. Go and do something 'less ordinary' get this film!

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        24.09.2008 14:52
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        Kidnap with lusty kicks

        Film - A Life Less Ordinary
        Stars - Ewan MacGregor, Cameron Diaz
        You'll like this if you like - Ewan MacGregor, romances with a twist

        Plot - Lowly cleaner Robert (Ewan MacGregor) dreams of success as a writer, unfortunately he has neither the imagination nor the drive. When Robert is given the sack in favour of robots, he is infuriated and decides to confront the big boss Mr Naville. The confrontation does not go well and when a beautiful young woman caught in the commotion alludes to being Mr Naville's daughter, Robert comes up with the misguided idea that he will kidnap her and hold her to ransom. Mr Naville's daughter Celine (Cameron Diaz) has other ideas however, and calls most of the shots despite being the 'victim'. Meanwhile, god has decided that there isn't enough love in the world and that it is time for action, and sends two of his angels down to earth to ignite love between a man and a woman, specifically Robert and Celine. If they are unsuccessful they will be doomed to an eternity on earth. In the end it is up to the couple to decide whether they will work together in the quest for money, and whether the two angels will have success.

        Whats it like? - This is a sassy romance with a bit more kick than normal. There is a bit of action thrown in without it getting tedious, and Cameron Diaz is fantastic as the spoilt rich daughter. The soundtrack is really good as well and the addition of Ash during the bank scene really helps set the mood. This film is the perfect choice for a date as the story is good and has the right balance of different genres.

        Overall rating - Cameron Diaz before she got too commercial 4/5

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          23.07.2005 21:10
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          Two people destined to be together just need a little help.

          Trawling through the VHS bargain bins one tired Friday I came across a film i’d heard good things about for years but never got around to watching.

          Quick pause to say I don’t normally frequent such bins, finding most of the films I want to see for no more than £5 on the internet on DVD (what can I say I’d rather spend a couple of extra quid if it means I don’t have to rewind the damn thing), but after being fined £30 for riding my bike in a pedestrian zone (Hmmm now there’s an interesting letter to the council I should get around to writing.) I had a need to spend money on cheap entertainment.

          Right back to the review; Now one thing about the simple cover design nearly made me put this back, not the sight of McGregors’ terrible shirt, or the fact I realised Cameron Diaz was in it (not really a fan, find her somewhat rubbish and in most part she only seems to be in films to attract males) it was however a line of text reading “A love story from the creators of Trainspotting”, now I’ve seen Trainspotting and not to say I doubt any creators ability to move into different genres, but a love story is just about the furthest thing away, so I feared it would be well…..rubbish despite what I’ve heard. I decided to give it and whirl and put my faith in Danny Boyle (Director) and John Hodge (Writer)

          The story is simple, the inhabitants of heaven are unhappy with the amount of divorce and general relationship failure on earth and so two angels (Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo) are sent down from heaven to help two people fall in love, if they fail there task they will not be allowed back.

          We then meet the unlikely couple, who at the start of the film are completely unaware of each others existence.

          McGregor (once again doing his part to mock British dentistry, and I’m not even going to mention his hair cut, oh well the accent makes up for it) plays Robert, a man with dreams that other believe are far beyond his means. He starts the film with a trash novel idea that he hopes will rescue him from his life as a cleaner, but before he can do anything about it he is fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend.

          Diaz plays the role she seems to play in 90% of her films, the spoilt rich girl. (Which if the tabloids are to be believed means she is actually playing herself but this really isn’t the place for idle speculation.) Having shot her fiancé in the head (accidentally, she was aiming for the fruit on his head and he moved.) her father (Ian Holm) has called her to his office to convince her to get a job.

          And it is in this office the two meet….

          After breaking into his bosses office to complain about getting fired, things get a little out of control a gun is fired and Robert ends up kidnapping Celine.

          Robert is now completely out of his depth, having no idea what he is supposed to do he takes direction from Celine, who has a knack of making situations worse, sensing the naivety in Robert she easily twists the situation to her advantage, convincing Robert they can make millions of dollars from her father.

          As the story unfolds the Angles are hired by Celines’ father to kill Robert and they begin to realise the two are clearly not in love, and so they intervene in more and more radical ways in an attempt to push the two together, but they just seem to push them further apart.


          Clearly from the first few scenes this film doesn’t even attempt to place itself in reality, but then with the amount in this genre that try and fail this is a good thing. The only really bad thing about this film was the over mushy “I learnt something” ending, prior to this it combines some funny moments, with the correct amount of mush and topping it off with a great soundtrack, meaning it is suitable for both genders. But although the humour is rather dark it is quite a far stretch from the humour of Trainspotting so liking one doesn’t necessarily mean a like of the other.

          The 15 rating is in my opinion justified for certain situations in the film (and I’m one of those people that believe the ratings board to be populated by stuffy old prudish men, and rarely agree with there decisions)

          This is defiantly one that will be floating back into my VCR in a few weeks time, and it’ll certainly make me listen again when certain friends recommend films. (However I’ll still be weary, these are Austin Powers fans after all)

          The soundtrack features songs from REM, Oasis (not a fan but like the song featured), Faithless and the Cardigans, also features some rather worrying singing from McGregor, (yes, yes I’ve seen Moulin Rouge, he can sing, doesn’t mean I can’t fear it) I can’t be the only one that upon hearing “beyond the sea” then has it floating around the old noggin for several days after.

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            15.08.2004 21:29
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            There are a few films, which are on my must see lists. They are either films that I?ve liked the sound of or more often than not films people have told me lots of good things about. I finally got round to seeing one of those films last night when I finally sat down and watched ?A Life Less Ordinary?. Normally romantic comedy?s don?t appeal to me in the slightest but there was something about this one that did. That?s probably due to the fact its from the guys behind Trainspotting. Robert Lewis (Ewan McGregor) is a cleaner for a large LA based company. He dreams of writing trashy novels and only plans to be a cleaner until his first book is published. However the company owner, Naville (Ian Holm), has other ideas for the companies cleaning department. He fires Robert and the rest of the staff. Just when you think things can?t get any worse for him they do, his girlfriend is leaving him for her aerobics instructor. Meanwhile across town Celine Neville (Cameron Diaz) is bored. She?s never had to do a days work in her life and has had everything handed to her on a plate. She?s due to marry Elliot Zweikel (Stanley Tucci) or at least that?s her fathers opinion. However the angel Gabriel has other ideas and the heavenly plan is for Robert and Celine to fall in love. So he assigns two angels. O?Reilly (Holly Hunter) and Jackson (Delroy Lindo), to try and make it happen. Robert still annoyed at losing his job heads into Naville?s office, where he?s talking to his daughter. He makes a few clumsy mistakes but somehow Robert ends up Kidnapping Naville?s daughter. They flee to a mountain cabin in the middle of nowhere so he can make up his mind what to do. Events then take another turn as Celine decides she wants in on t
            he ransom and starts to help Robert. Just how much trouble can they get into and how far will they go to earn the ransom? Will they actually fall in love? You?ll only know if you watch the film how things turn out. The film has a slightly different style of plot to the romantic comedies that have gone before it. Rather than straight forward comedy the film is littered with subtle jokes, which make you chuckle. This will limit the appeal of the film but personally I feel it makes it slightly better. There is a dark side to the film, as you would expect from the team behind Trainspotting. With the difference in the plot to similar films I feel it will appeal to a lot of people as it isn?t a straightforward love story. A theme that really runs through director Danny Boyle?s films is an exceptional vision for doing things slightly different. If you?ve seen his more well known films such as Trainspotting or The Beach then I?m sure you?ll understand what I mean. There is no way you could accuse Boyle of following formula?s in his films. There were a number of personal touches added by Boyle to develop the story in different ways. This is something I?ve noticed in his other films as well. There are a number of comparisons, which can be drawn between this and his other films like Trainspotting. That said the film very much stands out on it?s own and unless you knew before hand it?d be hard to tell the two films are from the same director. There isn?t a lot of violence within the film and the theme of the aforementioned Trainspotting isn?t even touched upon. One of the factors I felt really helped Boyle was his ability to get the best out of the cast. This was the third film that Boyle had worked with leading man McGregor and it certainly shows. There seems to be a good understand
            ing between the director and McGregor. So much so that I?d go as far as to say it?s one of McGregor?s best performance?s. It also helps that he has an amazing chemistry with Cameron Diaz. Although it starts of slowly the chemistry develops along with the film and as the characters get closer, the more obvious the chemistry becomes. Diaz puts in an amazing performance in a film made early in her movie career. I was very impressed by the screen presence she had, which I think is even more obvious in her more recent films. The remaining cast were a little bit more mixed. Holly Hunter seemed to fit the role of one of the angels but I felt the character was perhaps a little too dark for her. Whereas Delory Lindo as Jackson seemed to be ideal for the role. Both angels have an eviler side to them and I think Lindo finds the role a lot easier than Hunter. There is also an element of chemistry between them, which helps slightly to develop the characters a little more. A special mention to Ian Holm, whose screen time although limited had a huge impact. He took to the role of Celine?s father well. Although you take an instant disliking to him you cant help but respect his impact on the film. Add to that a superb soundtrack and you really have a recipe for a decent film. This is another aspect Boyle seems to put a lot of thought into. It contains tracks from Ash (A Life Less Ordinary), Beck (Deadweight) and REM (Leave) to name but a few. The film is one of Boyle?s better in my own opinion and the darker elements to it make it really stand out from the crowd. It?s a good story that?s been well thought out and directed. Although it is billed as a romantic comedy I do feel it would be better suited as a Romantic Dark Comedy. If you a
            re looking for a nice fluffy love story then give this one a miss, however if you?re looking for a gripping but funny film then this is certainly one to watch.

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              A Life Less Ordinary is not at all an ordinary film-it?s actually quite weird! Not to say it wasn?t enjoyable though. It?s another movie from the Shallow Grave/Trainspotting team but I don?t think you?d guess it-this film is a lot more light hearted, less sinister and it totally different thematically from the team?s previous movies. A Life Less Ordinary deals with the ordinary life of Robert, a wannabe writer who actually works as a janitor. Having been fired in favour of a machine, dumped in favour of an aerobics instructor and evicted from his apartment in one day, Robert feels quite deserted by the world. Somehow, in an out-of-character turn, Robert manages to kidnap his ex-boss?s daughter, Celine. Having never done anything out of the ordinary in his life Robert has no idea what to do next. Celine, is a bored, rich woman who has never worked in her life so being kidnapped is a bit of entertainment for her. Throughout the story two supernatural beings are sent to Earth from Heaven to try and make Celine and Robert fall in love, it seems an arduous task, as they are two very different people in a very odd situation but these ?angels? will go to any lengths to get what they want! What follows is a very amusing series of events but I won?t give it all away. I?ve got to say despite some weird ideas throughout this film, I loved it! There are a couple of scenes which will have you laughing long after they?ve ended. The best of which takes place in a phone box (of all places!) as Robert tries to ring Celine?s father. There is also a great scene in which Robert and Celine sing the Sinatra classic ?Somewhere Beyond the Sea?-both actors actually sing and although Cameron?s voice is slightly off-key, Ewan has a fantastic singing voice later to be heard in Moulin Rouge. This film is far-out but funny, weird and wacky but wonderful. Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor are both convincing throughout playing two great people with very contrasting characteri
              stics. A Life Less Ordinary is a light, romantic-comedy and always one that will cheer you up or make you smile.

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                26.06.2002 22:55
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                I’ve been going through a bit of a spate of watching films with no real plot or a plot so twisted I feel cheated at the end. This isn’t my intention but some bizarre coincidence and this film, A Life Less Ordinary, is no exception. However, don’t let this deter you from seeing this film. It mightn’t go very far with regards originality in that the story line is a bit of a cliché. Guy kidnaps rich bosses daughter and they fall in love, very similar to that of Excess Baggage I know but Danny Boyle, director of the film does it in his own little, and somewhat classy way that actually makes it a good film. Far better than what I expected it to be. I had a little bit of a problem with Danny Boyle not so long ago; you might want to read my Shallow Grave op to really understand what I mean. I didn’t think he was what he was built up to be and as a result I stayed away from his work. Trainspotting, his follow up release to Shallow Grave completely changed my mind about him. Although I feel he has somewhat of an unhealthy obsession with Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting was funny and stylish in a very unstylish way and he went back to the top of my list of directors to watch out for. After Trainspotting came A Life Less Ordinary which I recently bought at a bargain price. I’d seen it before and I knew I enjoyed it so I had more than enough reasons for buying it. Trainspotting had been a big hit for Boyle and his companions John Hodge and Andrew McDonald, they had critical acclaim and were given the opportunity to make a bigger budget film and this time in America. A little more glamorous than those Scottish back streets he’d gained his reputation in. They had the opportunity to re-write Trainspotting and move it into a US environment for an easy few dollars or try something new and completely different to what they had been accustomed too, this being the black comedy genre that they had become experts in. They
                chose to take the dark elements of their films and mix in a romantic-comedy story line. The result, A Life Less Ordinary. This was a little bit of a problem in that the fans of Boyle just saw him making Shallow Grave Part 2, a romantic comedy was well out of the question and as a result they chose not to see the film at the cinema and the film unfortunately only managed to scrape $5 million. Although it was well received for those who did see it. I appreciate the risk Boyle took with A Life Less Ordinary, nobody wants every film they watch to be out death and junkies and in my opinion I think A Life Less Ordinary is Boyle’s best work to date. It’s diverse in that it mixes two complete opposite genres and refreshing in that it’s completely different. What’s more the soundtrack is first rate and the film even has Ewan McGregor singing Oasis B-Side ‘Round Are Way’. The film, as I mentioned is a bit of a cliché with regards the romantic comedy side of it, and so I can tell you about the storyline because you only have to watch the first ten minutes to realise what is going to happen. The film follows Robert (Ewan McGregor), a recently sacked cleaner and a man whose girlfriend leaves him for the aerobics instructor. Celine (Cameron Diaz), is the daughter of the tycoon businessman who’s firm was the very same who put Mr McGregor out of his cleaning job. Robert takes Celine hostage in a bid to get his job back but not everything goes to plan. At the same time in heaven Chief Gabriel (acting on orders from the top) dispatches two angels to earth to engineer a romance. It appears that God is displeased by the divorce rate and here comes in my only criticism about the film, Holly Hunter plays one of the celestial cops, but I can’t stand her. Her voice is whiney and her acting is poor. I think she should stick to films like Crash in which the dialogue is limited. The film has
                strong overtones of dry humour, and it works. It may be a little over the top but without the divine intervention it wouldn’t be anything more than the same old, tired-out, rich-girl-falls-in-love-with-poor-nobody-guy story we've seen a thousand times already. I say thank God for something different. As I say, even if you don’t want to watch this film for it’s storyline buy it for it’s soundtrack. Oasis, Ash, Beck and R.E.M. could it be any better?

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                  18.04.2002 06:01
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                  Instead of cutting straight to the chase the film opens with a view of the after-life as a 60's police department in dazzling white. Angels O'Reilly (Holly Hunter) and Jackson (Delroy Lindo) are summoned to Angel Gabriels office because God had decided that there is too much divorce and sorrow on earth. The two angels are assigned to sort things out starting with one hard case. If they fail thay can't go back to heaven, and so the story begins... The couple in question are Robert (Ewan McGregor)and Celine (Cameron Diaz)who haven't yet met but are about to. Robert is a wannabe novelist, a cleaner meantime who is sacked in favour of a robot, dumped by his girlfriend for an aerobic instructor and evicted from his home by the angels posing as baliffs. Celine, Robert's bosses daughter is a rich, spoilt brat, mentally disturbed because of this! She shoots apples off peoples heads for fun! Consequently the most original moment of this film comes about because of this hobby. Robert decides enough is enough and confronts his boss Mr Naville. In the process, he ends up kidnapping Celine and heading across country. Mr Naville hires the angels as hitmen to return Celine and kill Robert who turns out to be a useless kidnapper. Celine tries to kick Robert into shape and the angels try to do their job cue the rest of the film. The film's theme and plot are slightly confusing at times, exactly what is this film about? At some moments, it is supposed to be a Romantic Comedy, I think!?! Roberts attempts to be agressive and mean on the phone are hilarious. Ewan acts out the role superbly and creates his most sympathetic character to date. Cameron is also good, maybe a little annoying. Holly and Delroy are a good combination giving the film a unique twist on the Bonnie and Clyde story. I can't help thinking I've seen this before though. It's surreal, entertaining and funny in parts but it gets boring and ro
                  utine occasionally. I saw a lot more of Cameron than I ever wanted to! The film's a little gooey and totally unrealistic, especially in the lead up to the finale but then I don't think it's supposed to be! What's going on when Roberts shot for the second time!? Parellel universe here! There are confusing ramblings from Robert about a game show and Celine is persistently annoying in refusing to listen to Roberts novel plans. Give the lad a break! The finishing animation is brilliant but the plot might have been better left open ended and not so Hollywood Happy.

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                    This is a likeable comedy/love story starring Ewan McGregor(Trainspotting) and Cameron Diaz(The Mask, There's Something About Mary). McGregor plays Robert, a disgruntled janitor who becomes an inept kidnapper when he kidnaps his boss's daughter Celine(Diaz) in revenge for being sacked. What he doesn't bargain for is Celine's enthusiasm for the kidnapping which eventually leads to her taking over and demanding more money from her father to secure her safe return. At the same time, two rather hopeless angels try to get the pair to fall in love by taking the rather strange approach of seemingly attempting to kill them at every available opportunity whilst suffering greatly in their efforts. Robert and Celine stumble from one encounter to the next in a film which has some good ideas and a fair number of funny moments, but is sadly let down by a plot which is just too silly and an abysmal ending sequence. McGregor simply isn't a very good actor, seemingly lost in Hollywood movies such as this(and later looking even more out of place in the new Star Wars epic), but here this seems to add to his characterization of the inept kidnapper. Diaz puts in here usual confident performance without lighting any fireworks and there appears to be little chemistry between the two lead roles. This movie is not good...but then it's not bad either. There are funny moments and some good action sequences but nothing that will have your sides splitting or you sitting on the edge of your seat. It is simply an inoffensive romantic comedy which is worth checking out if you fancy something entertaining which isn't going to make you think too hard...just don't expect anything more than that and you'll be just fine.

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                      The eagerly awaited third film from the writer/producer/director team of John Hodge, Danny Boyle and Andrew Macdonald (of 'Trainspotting' & 'Shallow Grave' fame) is definitely not 'Trainspotting 2' but is an enjoyable comedy with a difference. With getting a bigger budget (yet still comparatively small in comparison to others major films being only around the £10 million mark) they've got several amply sized stars, and they moved across the big pond for the film's setting. The story starts out by introducing us to Robert, played by McGregor, who is a janitor in a large high-rise building. On the same day he gets sacked, dumped by his girlfriend (for a gym instructor just to rub it in) and to top it all off he gets evicted from his home. He decides to try to get even with his employer (Holm, as ever faultless) but instead ends up kidnapping his daughter, played by Diaz (he even needs her help to do that). The two set up camp in a disused cabin in the middle of nowhere, and the love story progresses from there. But from even before they meet in her father's office, two angels (played by Hunter & Lindo) out to prove love still exists in the nineties are on the case to get these two people to fall in love. This is rather important to them as if they fail they have to stay on Earth for eternity. For a low budget film the cast is impressive. Thankfully every so often big stars (namely Diaz and Hunter here) want to do a Brit film due to the quality of the characters (female ones especially rarely get to do more than grunt a few words in American blockbusters nowadays), and to prove that they can act. Remember to stay seated at the start of the credits to see the plasticine end sequence that rounds off the story in it's own screwball way. In case anyone is really clued up on films - yes the view of heaven here is openly influenced by the 1946 classic A Matter Of Life And Death starring David Niv
                      en, which was also produced by Andrew Macdonald's grandfather, Emeric Pressburger. This is an enjoyable, humorous, film, even though it may try to be too cool at times, that is well worth seeing. I'm glad it's not 'Trainspotting 2' - sequels hardly ever live up to the original (ok Star Wars may be an exception to the rule, but remember the last two Batman films).

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                        11.11.2000 08:38
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                        Every once in a while, a film comes along which I never tire of seeing. 'A Life Less Ordinary' is one such film. Released in 1997, and brought to our screens by the same team who gave us 'Trainspotting', this film is described on the video case as 'an extraordinary' love story. What you actually get is so much more than a love story - romance, comedy, fantasy, and action, all rolled into an hour and a half. When Robert (Ewan McGregor) is fired from his job as a janitor, to be replaced by a robot, on the same day that his girlfriend announces she's moving away with an aerobics instructor, he decides to take action. He visits his ex-employer, Naville, who just happens to be lecturing spoilt daughter Celine (Cameron Diaz) about her life, and ends up leaving the office having accidentally shot Naville, and kidnapped Celine. Unbeknown to them, two celestial cops, played by Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo have been given the task of visiting Earth to make Robert and Celine fall in love - their incentive being that if they don't succeed, they don't get back into Heaven! There are several scenes which had me in total hysterics (the phone call to Naville is one), and I could easily watch this film several times in a day (3 is my record so far!) With a witty script, which is sharply observed, excellent performances from all the cast, and a wonderful sense of fun, this is one film everybody should see. There is a lot of strong language, especially from Holly Hunter's character, O'Reilly, so some viewers may be put off by that, but I didn't feel it was excessive. If you haven't seen this film, you must! And if you have, then why not watch it again? I'd definitely recommend it, bcause it's just so different to most films released nowadays.

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                          04.11.2000 01:44
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                          Robert played by Ewan McGregor is having a very bad day, first he is sacked from his job as a cleaner and replaced by a robot, then his girlfriend decides this would be a good time to tell him she is leaving him to move in with an aerobics instructor. Later Robert decides to pay his wealthy former boss Mr Naville (Ian Holm) a visit, who is in the middle of giving his spoilt daughter Celine (Cameron Diaz) a lecture. Security are called and then when things get out of hand he ends up making a run for it with Celine as his hostage. What follows is a rather good quirky romantic/comedy. It emerges that Celine dislikes her father as much as Robert and both are being followed by a couple of matchmaking angels played by Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo, I did say it was quirky. Directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting) all the actors put in good performances and both McGregor and Diaz are well cast. There are some funny moments in this film and it does contain a strong movie soundtrack featuring the likes of Ash, REM, Sneaker Pimps and Beck. It may not make anyone’s top ten movies of all time but it’s worth watching even if we do know how it will all end.

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                            17.10.2000 20:16

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                            Starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz in an extraordinary love story, A life less orfinary is not a great movie but I suppose worth watching. Two angels are given the assignment of making Celine (C. Diaz, a posh and rich girl) and Robert (E. McGregor, a looser whose boss is Celine's dad). Everything seems to go wrong and the 2 of them seem to be falling apart instead of falling in love. Romantic, inventive and as well cheeky, I liked it a bit although, from what I'd heard, I was expecting it a bit better. The soundtrack is good though: Beck, Ash, The Cardigans, Oasis...

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                            03.10.2000 23:51
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                            What a great film. 'A Life Less Ordinary' keeps to the 'Film Four' reputation of producing fine, independent films. And this is one of the best. With a famous cast list as long as your arm, and a story line so quick and comical, its no wonder this turned out to be a great film. Ewan McGregor, (One of the greatest actors ever!) gives an excellent performance as a rookie kidnapper, who is often easily offended by the quirky Cameron Diaz, and his usual mix of expressions and childlike complaints offer many laughs. The funniest part of the film is inarguably the scene in the phone box, when he's phoning Cameron Diaz's father to demand a ransom. It makes you laugh every time you see it. (I've seen the film four times now) The soundtrack is quite good as well, choosing to go with more, 'left of the field' artists such as 'Beck' and 'R.E.M.'. The story line follows Ewan McGregor being sacked, then going into the boss' office to demand his job back, shooting him by accident, kidnapping Cameron Diaz (His daughter), taking her to some house in the middle of nowhere, then trying to get his ransom, with a rather peculiar twist. And whilst all this is going on, two angels are trying to get Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz to fall in love. Its a really good film. Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz and R.E.M. on the soundtrack, it doesn't get much better!

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