A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

Directed by Danny Boyle
Written by John Hodge
Starring Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Ian Holm, Delroy Lindo

My Advice: Wait for MST3K.

Oh, man.  What were these people smoking?  McGregor is a janitor who gets replaced in his custodial job by a Gobot and kidnaps the daughter (Diaz) of his boss (Holm) only to be pursued by two angels (Hunter and Lindo) who want them to fall in love.  Yeah, I know, it sounds like an interesting enough proposition--but man, the execution is terrible.  Although McGregor's character can be at times endearingly stupid (sixteen plus attempts at a phone call to Holm following the kidnapping) he's mostly just stupid.  Holly Hunter, normally a wonderful actress, has a characterization that sweeps from deadly serious to silly and slinky, with lots of iterations inbetween.  Ian Holm is eminently forgettable as the evil father who tries to get his daughter back by any means necessary.  Delroy Lindo gets points for his portrayal of an angel having to pose as a hitman--with no clue how to do so.  But it doesn't matter--and why?  Because the material they have to work with is is simply bad.  Even with the "heavenly" intervention during the entire film (which never really makes any sense) the ending still smacks of bad deus ex machina.  And when McGregor has to karaoke a Bobby Darin song with Diaz--the film goes from silly to worse.  Run.  Run away.

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