Director: Danny Boyle
Runtime: 103 minutes
TV Rating: TVMA
A Life Less Ordinary is a 1997 British-American black comedy film directed by Danny Boyle, written by John Hodge. It stars Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo and Ian Holm.
In Heaven (which resembles a modern police headquarters), angels are tasked with ensuring that humans on Earth find love. The “Captain”, Gabriel (Dan Hedaya), is upset at reviewing the file of angel partners O’Reilly (Hunter) and Jackson (Lindo), all of whose recent cases have ended in divorce or misery. Gabriel is being pressed for results, so he introduces a radical new incentive: if their latest case isn’t “cracked” – meaning, if the pair in question do not fall, and stay, in love, O’Reilly and Jackson must stay on Earth forever, not appealing to them. They open their case file, and see what is in store for them…
Celine Naville (Diaz) is the spoiled twenty-something daughter of a wealthy businessman. When one of her suitors, a loathsome dentist named Elliott (Stanley Tucci), proposes marriage to her, she offers to say yes, but only if he agrees to play “William Tell” with an apple on his head.