Convinced that a CCN cameraman is her true love, an eccentric crossword puzzler trails him as he travels all over the country, hoping to convince him that they belong together.Convinced that a CCN cameraman is her true love, an eccentric crossword puzzler trails him as he travels all over the country, hoping to convince him that they belong together.Convinced that a CCN cameraman is her true love, an eccentric crossword puzzler trails him as he travels all over the country, hoping to convince him that they belong together.
In 2010, Sandra received a Razzie award for her (supposedly) awful performance in "All About Steve". In an unexpected surprise, she actually showed up to receive the award and address the audience with a hilarious speech, mentioning how the judges couldn't have actually watched the movie because nobody went to see it. So she brought a little red wagon full of DVDs for everyone in the audience. Now that's what I call a class act.
After I saw that video, I had to run out & see this movie, and sure enough I LOVED it, bought the DVD and have watched it at least 3 times with different people, each person agreeing what a great film it is. Make note: it is a satire. This means characters and situations are intentionally bizarre, cheezy or creepy. Do not take anything at face value. Sandra essentially plays the role of a stalker chasing a man she just met across the United States. Yes, she's supposed to seem insane, and you love her for it (even though in the real world you'd be screaming for your life).
The man she's chasing is a news cameraman, and along with his two hilarious sidekicks, the painfully-superficial-yet-oddly-profound anchorman played by Thomas Hayden Church (from Wings) and the nerdy producer played by Ken Jeong (The Hangover, Knocked Up), they deliver a scathing, satirical portrayal of the American news media. You gotta see them covering the news story of a baby born with 3 legs and the ensuing national debate over the third leg's right to exist. Omg, I never laughed so hard.
Although this is a satire, it never crosses into outright cynicism, and I liked that. Don't get me wrong, "Catch-22" and "Brazil" are two of my favourite films, but funny as they are, they can be really disturbing. On the other hand, "All About Steve" is light hearted and sweet the whole way through. In that respect I suppose it's so subtle that some critics didn't get it, hence the reviews of bad acting, etc. Sheesh, I wonder if they also panned Leslie Nielsen's acting in "Airplane".
Expect a bizarre, slightly surreal and very tongue-in-cheek story, and I guarantee you'll love this film. In the same way "Miss Congeniality" poked fun at the Miss America pageant, this movie pokes fun at Fox News et al. And the "romance" is about as dysfunctional as it gets.
If you like dysfunctional rom-coms, I highly recommend "Camille" (2008) about a delusionally blissful bride who goes on a honeymoon with her new hubby who wants to strangle her. If you like light-hearted social satires, definitely check out "Josie and the Pussycats" (2001) or the Mexican comedy "Casi Divas" (2008). And another film that comes to mind is the Australian farce "The Wannabees" (2003) about a bunch of foul-mouthed gangsters who sweep the nation with a successful children's show. These are all funny flicks that pack a deeper social message through the beauty of good ole satire.
- Jan 6, 2012