A Life Less Ordinary

Synopsis: Cameron Diaz and Ewan McGregor are star-crossed lovebirds on the lam in this twisted romantic comedy from the creators of “Trainspotting.” Celine (Diaz) is a spoiled, rich young woman whose worst nightmare is having her credit card rejected. Robert (McGregor) is a hapless janitor whose greatest dream is to write the great American Trash Novel. They have nothing in common – except the burning desire to live “a life less ordinary.” When Celine is kidnapped by the inept Robert, a pair of celestial cops are dispatched to earth to make sure they live that “life less ordinary” together. Co-starring Oscar winner Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo, this irresistible “profanely funny romance” (ROLLING STONE) is proof that love overcomes all.
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A Life Less Ordinary 5.5

I’m a big fan of Danny Boyle. I’ve long been of the opinion that, while he’s not the world’s greatest filmmaker, he is talented enough to tackle any genre with a certain amount of style and success. So far, he had proven me right with ‘Shallow Grave’, ‘Trainspotting’, ‘The Beach’ ’28 Days Later’, and ‘Sunshine’.

Then I saw ‘A Life Less Ordinary’.

Frankly, ALLO felt like it was a Coen Bros.-wannabe film: it has the great cast, all the colourful characters, the quirkiness, the outrageous situations and the dark edge mixed together in one big soup. Except that it’s not a Coen Bros. film. And it simply doesn’t work.

Part of the problem, for me, is that it played too cute for its own good: it was trying so hard to be fun and outlandish that it felt contrived and became unenjoyable. Furthermore, not only were leads Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz really not at their sharpest, but they had no charisma and no heat; it was completely impossible to imagine them gelling as a duo.

Bottom line, it just feels like the whole cast and crew is self-consciously going through the motions, completely uncomfortable with roles that they’d rather not be in; it all feels unnatural and unconvincing. Quite simply put: there is no life in this film, ordinary or not.

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