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Awesome: 17.19%
Worth A Look29.69%
Average: 26.56%
Pretty Bad: 23.44%
Total Crap: 3.13%

6 reviews, 28 user ratings

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Life Less Ordinary, A
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by Scott Weinberg

"A virtual remake of one of the worst movies ever made? WHY?"
2 stars

The year is 1983. Writer/director John Herzfeld presents Fox with his finished movie. It starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and it was entitled Two of a Kind. Volumes have been published on why and how this may indeed be one of the worst movies ever made. It flopped big-time at the box-office, the critics absolutely devoured it, and now it sits on the comedy shelf, dusty and forgotten. So WHY do what amounts to a REMAKE?

Any plot that includes 'angels coming down from heaven to force two imbeciles to fall in love', I've already seen. It's hardly original, and for some reason, this inane plot device seems to bring out the worst in a director. It's quite obvious that director Danny Boyle had free rein here, because this movie is an indulgent, loud, and almost painful movie to watch. 45 minutes go by before you realize "Hey, this could have been covered in 10 minutes!"

Cameron Diaz is the only one who comes out of this unscated, and that's mainly because she seems to realize how DUMB all of this is. Ewan McGregor just whines and sits there with his mouth open, waiting for plot points to propel him forward. Watching him do comedy is akin to watching baboons screwing in a zoo: stinky and unpleasant, but strangely hypnotic. A handful of cool character actors (Delroy Lindo, Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Ian Holm, Holly Hunter, Dan Hedaya) are forced to mug their way through the proceedings and do lots of embarassing stuff. (What was the DEAL with Holly's VOICE?) Throw in some non-sensical dream-like sequences, an absolutely horrible musical number, pointless and unconvincing scenes of nasty violence, and plot holes bigger than George Wendt's ass. What you're left with is an annoying and dull movie that has nothing to say and says it slowly.

It's pretty apparent that this was meant to be a "hip" movie, so I guess that means if I didn't like it, I probably didn't get the joke. Well, maybe "hip" is in the eye of the beholder. To paraphrase the fictional Z. Beeblebrox: "You guys are so unhip it's amazing your pants stay on."

On a positive note, I liked the soundtrack quite a bit, Cameron Diaz is quite pretty, and there are a few funny lines. I'm giving it two stars only for those factors, and for the sheer balls the filmmakers display in this familiar and unoriginal tripe.

I pride myself on giving every movie it's fair shot to entertain me, regardless of how many people trash it. That was tough in this case, but I guess this time the general consensus is right. This is an annoying movie with stupid, unrealistic characters and a plot you've seen over a thousand times. If that's your cup of tea, go nuts.

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User Comments

9/25/16 Clint McGregors & Diaz's chemistry fits this black comedy perfectly. Hilarious 5 stars
1/17/10 Patrick it may not be to eveyone's tastes, but, its quirky, well written and i love it. 5 stars
5/06/07 fools♫gold A bit average for my taste. 2/5 or 3/5. 3 stars
4/15/06 Sol Hey, I liked it--and McGregor is indeed better than 2 baboons screwing in the zoo. 4 stars
6/05/05 Alyson Aww Ewan is such a sweetie pie! A hilarious movie over all. 5 stars
5/09/03 tom Fun and harmless, and strikingly different 4 stars
12/08/02 Adam I enjoyed the film. I thought it was funny and quite entertaining. That is the point 4 stars
9/21/02 R.W. Welch Could have been pretty good but they didn't know when to quit. 3 stars
9/05/01 Butterbean aimless shit. 1 stars
8/10/01 Mindy Ross my favorite movie ever because it's cracked-out and hilarious, but still interesting 5 stars
3/23/01 George Beautifully put together movie 5 stars
11/03/00 spunky A "Wild at Heart" for Idiots, ie- the mainstream. 1 stars
3/01/00 Ionicera A flaky, fun little movie. Not all it could have been. 3 stars
2/19/00 perverted pixie NOT the stinking turkey it's made out to be. Holly Hunter particually kicks arse! 4 stars
2/19/00 Paul Great 5 stars
2/15/00 Neil Austin er...what went wrong guys 3 stars
9/29/99 Bozo I am addicted to this movie 5 stars
9/20/99 Glitter Berry Why does everyone think it sucks? It was hilarious! 5 stars
9/05/99 Weird Andy Lifeless. Ordinary. 2 stars
8/26/99 mara ewan mcgregor is so funny...full of sublte jokes...generally a GOOD movie 4 stars
8/18/99 Matthew Bartley Bizzare...but good 4 stars
6/15/99 Dylan Certainly not as bad as some of you lot are making it out to be. 3 stars
4/16/99 bizzy i really liked it 4 stars
3/08/99 CanadianChica One of the best, well thought out movies i ahve ever seen. Unique and awesome casting. 5 stars
11/27/98 Mr.Pink Brilliant demented fun! 5 stars
9/29/98 Johny Interesting, but a huge mess 2 stars
9/24/98 Nate Dogg Sorry...I fuckin' dug it....a lot... 5 stars
8/24/98 The Capital City Goofball Put a knife in my gut. Then do same to Diaz. 2 stars
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  24-Oct-1997 (R)



Directed by
  Danny Boyle

Written by
  John Hodge

  Ewan McGregor
  Cameron Diaz
  Holly Hunter
  Delroy Lindo
  Dan Hedaya
  Stanley Tucci

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