Mary Horowitz writes crossword puzzles for the Sacramento Herald. She's loquacious to a fault. When kids at a career day make fun of her for being single, she accepts a blind date with Steve, the cameraman for a CNN-like news network. Within minutes she decides he's the man for her. He's quickly put off by her constant verbiage and over-the-top advances; he makes an off-hand remark about going on the road with her, and splits. She's moonstruck, writes a sappy crossword puzzle, loses her job, and decides to follow him as the news team crisscrosses the Southwest; Steve's team eggs her on. Then she falls in a mine shaft, and she and Steve become a story; is it a love story?Written by
Sandra Bullock won a "Razzie" award for Worst Actress, and showed up to the annual Golden Raspberry Awards event to claim her prize. She brought a wagon full of DVDs of this film for the three hundred attendees and asked them to watch or re-watch the movie. If in fact the audience decided she was NOT the Worst Actress and changed their minds, Bullock promised to come back to the Razzies next year, turn back in her award and buy drinks for everybody. See more »
When Mary leaves the hospital, a cameraman is filming her walking away. He's holding a 35mm film camera, so he's not a news cameraman. See more »
Not about Steve (good) and more about Bullock (also good) but a clunker of a movie
All About Steve (2009)
A light slightly zany comedy with a small hook--the lead character is a brainy young woman who is socially inept. That would be Sandra Bullock, and she makes the movie. The rest of it, most of it, is mediocre to bad. Small moments are unbearably bad, and even smaller ones are hilarious. Maybe that's what you put up with in a comedy of this kind.
The worst culprit is the writing--that is, the story itself and how it is told. Never mind that the filming, editing, lighting, and direction are as subtle and interesting as a pile driver. It's all about the story and the dialog. And the characters.
Bullock manages to pull this kind of role off well, and has several similarly aimed movies to prove it (like "Miss Congeniality" as a pretty good one and "Two Weeks Notice" has some similarities). But Bullock doesn't always pick such great movies to star in and this is a dud with an attempt at being ultra zany and unlikely, but without enough camp or smart/dumb jokes to keep it going.
Redeeming qualities beyond Ms. Bullock? The secondary lead male played by Thomas Haden Church is pretty funny, a little like a goofier and more extended version of his role in "Sideways" (or his role in every movie I've seen him in). The other male is Bradley Cooper who is no doubt a cutie but he forgot how to act here.
A good one to avoid. Perfect for your next flight to Tokyo.
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