A Life Less Ordinary

I thought we agreed there'd be no cliches.

A review by Mike Shea   Movie Rating: ( * * * · · )    DVD Rating: ( * * · · · )

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I missed this movie a couple of times but a recent recommendation (matched with the fact that I wasn't paying for the rental) put it in my player. Life Less Ordinary is a movie that seems to be built out of cliches. We get the old down-and-out-dude-loses-everything-and-holds-boss-at-gunpoint and the very overdone boy-meets-girl-and-go-on-crime-spree. Still Ewan does a good job with the stupid-criminal-taught-by-victim-to-do-bad-right cliche. The directors (who also did Trainspotting) manage to pull out some creativity with the whole match-literally-made-in-heaven thing and show off a bit with the bar dance scene and the very bizarre ending. Cameron Diaz had a lot of fun as the crazy rich girl (talk about a strange character entrance) though it is never explained how she doesn't go to jail for shooting her lover/dentist in the head. Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo as the dual ghost/angels who are trying their damnedest to either get these two together or kill them also stand out. The DVD was kind of a dud with a non 16x9 enhanced 2.35 to 1 transfer and a dolby pro-logic soundtrack. There were no real extras either. Overall, not too bad a flick even if it did seem to be cut together from pieces of other movies.