Another whimsical and wacky comedy!!!
Years ago I didn't really like this film. I couldn't get into it, but I
watched it the other night, needing a Ewan fix, and I loved it!!! It does
seem a very strange mess of a movie if you browse thru it or happen to miss
a scene while going to the bathroom, but I made myself pause it when I
needed to and now I seem to get it!!!
Part road trip, part romantic comedy, part wacky comedy, part fantasy, it's
all about how the angel Gabriel (Dan Hedaya) is getting pressure from the
Big Man Himself to arrange love matches that will actually last.
Down on earth, oblivious to what's going on in heaven, a janitor named
Robert (Ewan McGregor) has just been fired and replaced by a robot. His
ruthless boss (a hysterical Ian Holm) refuses to even act apologetic about
replacing hardworking men with mindless robots he doesn't have to pay. His
reason completely gone, Robert kidnaps the spoiled princess daughter of his
boss, Celine (Cameron Diaz) and hits the road with her, hoping to get his
job, some money, or just an apology!!!
This is the kind of film which is perfect when you need something very
fluffy and fun with no heaviness. There is some violence (one very funny
scene involves Delroy Lindo forcing Robert to dig his own grave), but it's
so funny and comedic that it's not going to fit in with the regular violence
in movies, like in Die Hard or something.
It's a very delightful film for anyone who likes Ewan or Cameron. I think
they had great chemistry and the whole movie was just pure
A different sort of romantic comedy...
EWAN McGREGOR and CAMERON DIAZ star in this very different kind of
romantic fantasy featuring HOLLY HUNTER and DELROY LINDO as heavenly
agents assigned to unite a man and woman in eternal bliss, or forget
about returning to their heavenly domain.
Although this kind of fantasy has been done before (mostly in the
Hollywood films of the '40s), this is a different, edgier take on the
McGregor is a janitor who loses his job when he's replaced by a robot.
He's an idler who used to dream up the plots of trashy novels when he
was on the job. Now he's not only jobless, but his girl walks out of
him when she finds someone more reliable.
Diaz is a spoiled rich girl who actually helps him escape when he holds
up her father and a bunch of security guards and kidnaps her. She soon
convinces him that they can share the ransom money. Turns out she has a
weird sense of humor, teasing and tormenting her naive and clueless
kidnapper, and a lot of mean spirited plot twists happen along the way
to the two finding romance.
The strange interaction of the two with heavenly agents assigned to get
them to fall in love, is handled with wacky deftness. All of their far
out plans to unite Diaz and McGregor seem to go awry, until...Well, you
have to watch the film to get the full story.
Summing up: Enjoyable, far out screwball comedy. Diaz and McGregor are
charming in their spirited and very quirky leading roles. McGregor is
especially good at handling comic material with a straight face..