All About Steve
Review by Jack Foley
SANDRA Bullock had one of the best years of her career in 2009 with smash hit movies The Proposal and The Blind Side – but sadly there was also All About Steve.
Essentially a kooky rom-com turned road trip movie, the film is a badly mis-judged attempt to gain laughs from awkward (at best) scenarios. It has to rate as a career low for the otherwise amiable actress.
Bullock plays kooky crossword puzzle constructor Mary Horowitz, a highly intelligent but socially inept singleton who lives with her parents and is unable to behave normally in social situations.
When her parents set her up on a blind date with Bradley Cooper’s TV news camera-man Steve, she falls for his good looks immediately and thinks he’s the one. But the feeling isn’t mutual and Steve wants out of the relationship before its had chance to begin.
Failing to read the signs, however, Mary pursues Steve across country in a bid to win him over, enlisting an equally oddball collection of friends en route.
But to be brutally honest, there were several clues as to why this would never work in the first place. First off, Bullock’s character is essentially a stalker and it’s hard to get away from that fact.
Her social ineptitude is more irritating than kooky and the scenarios that she finds herself in frequently flirt the boundaries of good taste, given that they include a three legged baby, tornadoes and deaf children being trapped in a collapsed mine.
Bullock brings as much charm as she can muster to the role, and has some slapstick moments that bring begrudging smirks, but her Mary is ultimately unlikeable. And Cooper’s Steve is a wafer-thin, perpetually exasperated character who is pretty much wasted.
The likes of Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong and DJ Qualls struggle manfully in supporting roles but are also left to flounder by the poor quality of the script.
Overall, then, this is a forgettable entry onto the Bullock CV that is sure to yield plenty of cross words from disappointed film fans.
Running time: 101mins
UK DVD Release: May 17, 2010