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A Life Less Ordinary (1997)
by Steven E. McDonald review

As someone once said, "Always expect the unexpected." Unexpected is certainly the word for this quirky comedy. A Life Less Ordinary has some wonderful moments, along with some painful sequences. The major problem is that there is usually too much going on at any given time -- the major character development tends to take place in clearly defined blocks, rather than occurring over the course of the film -- and the film gives every impression of being two films incompletely blended into a single entity. Even screenwriter John Hodge and director Danny Boyle seem to come to this conclusion -- at the end, the film plays a blackout gag by way of a coda, packing the confused audience off to a set of animated end credits. A Life Less Ordinary does have its moments, but it's likely to leave people wondering just what they were.