Picks and Pans Review: A Life Less Ordinary

updated 11/03/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/03/1997 AT 01:00 AM EST

Ewan McGregor, Cameron Diaz, Holly Hunter, Delroy Lindo

McGregor, a likable dimwit replaced in his janitorial job by a robot, kidnaps the boss's daughter (Diaz). A beautiful but emotionally needy heiress, she's more than willing to coach her abductor in the art of composing a convincing ransom note. Daddy (Ian Holm) responds by siccing two bounty hunters on them. Ah, but these bumblers (Hunter and Lindo) are actually heavenly emissaries sent to unite the couple in love. A Life Less Ordinary's scenario is whimsical to the point of unworkable—sort of like an episode of Touched by an Angel inspired by Patty Hearst—and the movie's garishly hip production values (slick photography, generous bloodletting, first-rate rock soundtrack) amount to no more than a kaleidoscopic diversion. Danny Boyle, who directed Shallow Grave and the terrific Trainspotting, has derailed here. (R)

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