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"A Life Less Ordinary"

"A Life Less Ordinary" is so ordinary, that it is a bore. The tragedy of this supposedly romantic comedy is that there are so many talented people wasted on this project. The team that gave us last year's innovative and creative "Trainspotting" went to sleep at the throttle on this one. With Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz desperately trying to ignite the screen and they most certainly could, but not with the wet matches that are provided by director Danny Boyle, writer John Hodge and producer Andrew Macdonald. A more thought out development phase of this project would have benefited all involved. Even Alicia Silverstone, provided better fodder in "Excess Baggage".

The story line of a rich bratty woman being kidnapped by a wimpy janitor, who has to resort to her for help in staging her own kidnapping leave many avenues to investigate, unfortunately they are not in this movie. Ian Holm as her father who hires two wayward angels to rescue his daughter is left holding the bag. What are Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo as angels doing in this script send them back to purgatory, certainly heaven would be too good for them in this vehicle. Holly Hunter, such a gifted actress totally wasted here.

Is this the Ewan McGregor of "The Pillow Book", "Emma" and the forthcoming movies, "Velvet Goldmine", "Serpent's Kiss", "Nightwatch", and sequels of "Star Wars" in which he will play the young Obi-Wan Kenobi? Well his future stardom is at least secure temporarily, but we can not have too many less than ordinary lives. He is quoted as saying of this gig,"You can make only so many urban grunge drug movies". Get back to the grunge. The sparkling Cameron Diaz, straight from her great success in Julia Roberts' "Her Best Friend's Wedding", almost alleviates the agonizing pain the audience feels in watching this debacle. Please let us all get a life after this, less than ordinary life. If wit be the food of love, then stop this silliness.

A Life Less Ordinary
20th Century Fox
Written by: John Hodge
Produced by: Andrew Macdonald
Directed by: Danny Boyle
With: Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo, Ian Holm. Maury Chaykin, Dan Hedaya, Ian McNeice, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci
Director of photography: Brian Tufano
Edited by: Masahiro Hirakubo
Rated: R
Released: 24 October 1997

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Original Date Saturday 25 October 1997
Updated Saturday 25 October 1997