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(1997) 47% (%) 4) PAID Life Less Ordinary (1997)&st=cse * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "A rich, spoiled young woman and a hapless janitor are star-crossed lovers in this twisted romantic comedy. The third film from the director (Danny Boyle) behind "Shallow Grave" and "Trainspotting," "A Life Less Ordinary" melds the director's usual buoyant energy with a plot that is pure, vintage fluff. And if that sounds too good to be true, it is: Mr. Boyle's brand of heaven-sent love story comes with a strange and whimsical mean streak." CONSENSUS: "As in "Trainspotting", Mr. Boyle makes lively use of unexpectedly surreal touches. These diversions add fizz that the love story itself often lacks. "A Life Less Ordinary" shows off the obvious talents of all concerned without seeming entirely at ease in its lighthearted milieu. There are dark edges to Mr. Boyle's work even when he shoots scenes in a pure white heaven." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: It's all about searching out films by director Danny Boyle; whether they succeed or not, his films never fail to surprise (NYT's Pauline Kael's highest praise for a film). Since the very popular single copy of "Trainspotting" is taking a full five months to arrive for my viewing pleasure, my next Danny Boyle film (I'm thinking either "Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise" (2001), the highly rated "darkly comic glimpse of Britain", or his Hichcockian "Shallow Grave" (1994) may have to come via ILL (interlibrary loan).
posted Jun 1, 2009 at 2:44PM
62triplet said:
01 Jun 09 - "Startling, unexpected violence" from Dir. Danny Boyle ("Trainspotting", "28 Days Later") with his muse Ewan McGregor (in the current Roman Polanski political thriller "Ghost Writer") and Cameron Diaz ("There's Something About Mary"). Review by NYT critic Janet Maslin at **** Life Less Ordinary (1997)&st=cse ****
posted Feb 23, 2010 at 11:39AM
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