A Life Less Ordinary

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A Life Less Ordinary

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Directed by Danny Boyle
Produced by Andrew Macdonald
Written by John Hodge
Starring Ewan McGregor
Cameron Diaz
Holly Hunter
Ian Holm
Maury Chaykin
Dan Hedaya
Ian McNeice
Tony Shalhoub
Stanley Tucci
Music by David Arnold
Cinematography Brian Tufano
Editing by Masahiro Hirakubo
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s) 24 October 1997
Running time 103 mins
Country UK
Language English
Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)
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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-fire.

It stars Cameron Diaz, Ewan McGregor, 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.


[edit] Summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Two angels, O'Reilly and Jackson (Hunter and Lindo), are sent to make Robert (McGregor) and Celine (Diaz) fall in love - a literal match made in heaven.

Robert is a dreaming janitor, working for rich, spoiled, crazy Celine's father, Naville (Ian Holm). After Robert is fired, replaced with a robot, broken up with, and sent an eviction notice, he finally snaps and, in the course of demanding his job back from Naville, ends up kidnapping Celine, and the movie centers on the friendship and love that grows between them (and the homicide attempts they have to evade).

Stanley Tucci appears as Celine's ex-boyfriend/dentist, and Dan Hedaya plays the angel Gabriel.

[edit] Soundtrack

  • "I HEAR A SYMPHONY" - Diana Ross and The Supremes
  • "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
  • "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" - Gladys Knight
  • "LOVE IS HERE" - Luscious Jackson

[edit] Titles Around The World

  • Argentina: Vidas Sin Reglas (Lives Without Rules)
  • Brazil: Por Uma Vida Menos Ordinária (For A Life Less Ordinary)
  • Finland: Epätavallista Elämää
  • France: Une Vie Moins Ordinaire (A Life Less Ordinary)
  • Germany: Lebe Lieber Ungewöhnlich
  • Hungary: Az Élet Sója
  • Italy: Una Vita Esagerata (An Exaggerated Life)
  • Japan: 普通じゃない
  • México: Vidas Sin Reglas (Lives Without Rules)
  • Portugal: Vidas Diferentes (Different Lives)
  • Russia: Жизнь хуже обычной
  • Romania: O Viata Mai Putin Obisnuita
  • Slovenia: Odstekano Zivljenje
  • Spain: Una Història Diferente (A Different Story)

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