All About Steve (2009)
All About Nothing
Sandra Bullock has been nominated for and won various awards over the years but she must have laughed when in 2010 she won an Oscar for her performance in "The Blind Side" yet also won a Razzie Award for "All About Steve". There can't be many actresses who in the space of one year has starred in one of the best movies but also one of the worst movies and "All About Steve" is a bad movie. Whilst Bullock's performance wasn't good it was no worse than any other performance in the movie and to be honest the major problem with the movie is some lame writing which has barely a handful of funny scenes.
Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock - The Proposal) is passionate, well passionate about crosswords; she loves them and believes everyone else should to. When her parents set her up on a blind date with Steve (Bradley Cooper - The Hangover) she is shocked to find out he is good looking, Steve is also shocked when Mary tries to jump his bones as soon as they are in his jeep, making an excuse to make a hasty exit. When Mary decides to write a crossword for the local paper all about Steve she ends up fired and sees it as an opportunity to hit the road and follow Steve as he does his job as a CCN cameraman.
If I had been given the job of casting "All About Steve" I wouldn't have chosen Sandra Bullock, not because she can't do comedy because she has proved time and again she can but because she is not kooky enough for the character. Bullock gives it her all trying to play a crazy character which is basically what Mary is but she isn't bubbly enough to pull it off. I say this because I honestly don't believe that Bullock deserved the Razzie for her performance as there were definitely worst to choose from.
But the casting of Bullock is not the movies only problem and that starts with some utterly dull writing. There is not much of a storyline to "All About Steve" and there is even less humour or at least humour which is funny. We are meant to laugh at Mary's craziness, at Steve's fear of her stalking him, his colleagues egging her on and then some sporadic jokes such as three legged babies and other things. But none of it is funny and the laid back Thomas Haden Church ends up out of place delivering the sort of humour he has traded on in his more independent movies which doesn't fit in here.
What this all boils down to is that "All About Steve" is one big misfire of a movie with little if anything about it which works. Even those who are die hard fans of Sandra Bullock will admit that the movie just fails and even the likes of Bradley Cooper and Thomas Haden Church struggle just as much. So if any one in the movie industry is reading this I will say now that "All About Steve" is the sort of movie you should remake as you can only improve on what has already been done.
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