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The demise of marital relationships on earth is causing God great concern.  The angels need to do a better job of matchmaking.
Review
By David Bruce
A Life Less Ordinary
(1997)
Roger Ebert says: 
"Life Less Ordinary'' is from the team that gave us "Shallow Grave'' and "Trainspotting,'' so maybe it's a penance that their characters this time are angels and lovers, rather than body snatchers and druggies. See, ma? We're good lads at heart.
Robert: Ewan McGregor, Celine: Cameron Diaz, Naville: Ian Holm, Angel Jackson: Delroy Lindo, Angel O'Reilly: Holly Hunter, Chief angel Gabriel: Dan Hedaya. 
Directed by Danny Boyle.
Written by John Hodge.
Running time: 90 minutes.
Rated R (for violence and language).
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The movie opens up in heaven in the very white offices of Chief Angel Gabriel.  The offices have all the modern conveniences of the 1940's and no Microsoft computers anywhere.  The demise of marital relationships on earth is causing God great concern.  The angels need to do a better job of matchmaking.   It seems that marriages are really made in heaven.  Gabriel assigns two angels (Jackson and O'Reilly) to bring together a couple, Robert and Celine, in holy matrimony.    The problem is that Robert has kidnapped Celine, the very person that God has intended for him.  The angels are sent to do this impossible task by Gabriel, whose boss, God, cannot accept any more failed relationships. 
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It is a surprisingly enjoyable film.  I won't give away all the fun between the opening and the closing.  But, in the end they do get together.  This involves the "death" and "resurrection" of Robert because of a bullet through his heart.  Gabriel calls God on the telephone (prayer) and God is willing to grant a miracle to save the relationship.  Robert is "born again" with the manifestation of inner light coming from the hole in his chest.   Everybody wins and God is happy.    

MOVIES WITH ANGELS IN THEM:
CITY OF ANGELS
MICHAEL
DEVIL'S ADVOCATE
PROPHECY
PROPHECY 2

INSIGHTS ABOUT ANGELS:
ANGELS AND HOLLYWOOD
ANGELS IN THE BIBLE
GABRIEL
MICHAEL
SATAN HAS FALLEN

BULLETIN BOARD:

LOVED THE MOVIE
Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000
From: Dotti

A life less ordinard is the best film ever made, even though no one i knw has ever heard of it. i don't see why it isn't more popular. i have my own copy of the tape because you can't rent it in my town anywhere. the people at the rental shop have never heard of it! that really bothers me! anyway, i think more paople should watch this movie. it has the most unique plot line i've ever seen!
My response: Yes, I am surprised too that more people don't know about it.

A LIVELY FILM
July 12, 1999. So much fun! A lively, witty film.

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