Monday, January 27, 2014

All About Steve (2009) [PG-13] **

Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) is a talkative, eccentric crossword puzzle constructor for the Sacramento Herald. Without a social life, and living with her parents, she accepts a blind date with Steve (Bradley Cooper), a CNN news cameraman. For no logical reason, Mary is instantly love-struck by Steve, and throws herself, literally, at him. When he uses the breaking news story excuse to escape from their blind date, Mary misinterprets his parting remarks and decides she'll go anywhere to be with him.

She begins energetically trailing Steve and his news team as they cross the country covering various breaking news stories – a hostage crisis, a weather disaster, etc. Unfortunately Steve doesn't reciprocate Mary's feelings for him; he becomes convinced that she's stalking him, and grows increasingly unhinged by Mary's comic antics. To make matters worse, Steve's partner, news reporter Hartman Hughes (Thomas Haden Church), sees in Mary's obsession with Steve a delicious opportunity to torment his cameraman. He suggests to Mary that it is only Steve's fears that are keeping them apart, and convinces her that she is the rock, the strength in the relationship. While following the news team, Mary becomes involved with a pair of unusual characters, and in the film's third act she finds herself accidentally involved in the rescue of a group of deaf children who had fallen down the shaft of an abandoned mine. The tone of the film shifts jarringly, from slapstick comedy and Mary-as-joke, to drama and pathos, and Mary-as-hero. As the credits roll, Mary has become a media darling, Hartman offers her an apology for the lies he has told, and Steve asks her forgiveness for his callous, uncaring behavior.

Directed by Phil Traill, this is a film with an excess of goofy, wacky comedy and virtually no romance. The screenplay, written by Kim Barker (License to Wed), is an insult to the intelligence. Only forgiving fans of Sandra Bullock, and those who appreciate mean-spirited comedies like License to Wed should bother with this film. For all others it will simply be ninety minutes of your life you'll have lost forever. 

Labels: comedy,romance    
Internet Movie Database    
Metacritic 17/100    
RottenTomatoes Averages (critics=26, viewers=56)    

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