All About Steve
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Sandra Bullock (The Proposal) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover) star in this off-the-wall comedy about a blind date gone hilariously wrong. When eccentric, but lovable, Mary gets set up with Steve, a news channel cameraman, she falls hard. He does not. Mary decides to follow Steve on a cross-country hunt for breaking news and soon finds herself entangled in the story. But despite the media storm surrounding her, Mary may just discover her true place in the world... and the man of her dreams!
A hunky TV news cameraman named Steve (Bradley Cooper, hot off of surprise hit The Hangover) gets stalked by a lonely crossword puzzle creator named Mary (Sandra Bullock, in a career resurgence after The Proposal) in the comedy All About Steve. Although only one screenwriter is credited, All About Steve feels like it's been clumsily patched together from a dozen different versions of itself. The story makes no sense and there's very little that resembles recognizable human behavior...and yet, for that very reason, the movie exerts a perverse fascination. Some parts are actually funny--Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), as a reporter hungry for an anchor position, unleashes arias of manipulative babble--but most of the movie is just baffling. The filmmakers seem to think they're sending a heartwarming message about embracing yourself, no matter how out of the mainstream you may be. Unfortunately, all of the "quirky" people come across as brain-damaged because they're not really people, they're emblems of "uniqueness." Mary is meant to be endearingly eccentric, yet her social ineptness verges on schizophrenia or severe autism. At every turn, All About Steve unintentionally reminds the viewer that someone wrote this, that someone thought this bit of behavior or this turn of phrase would somehow make us like this character or find them charming. Unfortunately, that someone was very, very off the mark. The result--seeing the bald intentions under the failed result--is a jarring yet oddly compelling experience. Also featuring DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow) and Katy Mixon (Eastbound & Down). --Bret Fetzer
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I definitely have a new found respect for Sandra Bullock's excellent acting skills.
All About Steve is great.
A lot of people have been really hard on this movie, and I'm glad I gave it a chance. It's quirky, goofy and lighthearted, so if you watch it expecting a typical romantic comedy where "boy meets girl and they fall head over heels in love against all odds" or you are looking for some kind of life-changing message ... then I'm predicting that you'll be disappointed.
All About Steve is a spoof with over the top characters who demonstrate particular personality traits to an extreme. Sandra Bullock was portrayed as a satirical version of a person with an IQ that's off the charts but appears to have very little common sense, can be annoying as hell because their brain is in overdrive most of the time, and they have no clue as to when they should simply keep their mouths shut. It's like their head is so full that they can hardly contain all of the information they have.
Her character is so much like some of the total brainiacs I've known: a plethora of information (often seemingly useless until you need it), a tendency to talk incessantly, and they often don't pay much attention to what other people think of them. But those same people can are oftten very compassionate and don't intend to distance, offend or hurt others with their words or actions ... sometimes it seems like they can't help but say exactly what's on their mind regardless of the subject matter, circumstances or the company they're in.
Without being too serious or losing the tongue-in-cheek aspect of the plot, the movie touches on the other side of that type of personality and the trouble those individuals might have relating to others - and vise versa. Maybe you need to have known a similar person to appreciate the humor in this movie ... or at the very least be in the mood to watch an off the wall comedy with an underlying theme that might subtly inspire you to at least consider people for who they really are or take a closer look before you casually write them off. It's a COMEDY! It's not intended to be a deep, philosophical drama.
My review probably sounds defensive and overly serious for a movie that is intended to be funny and entertaining. Well, I certainly found it to be both. I can only imagine how much it sucks to have people annihilate you while you should be reveling in the victory of winning an Oscar. It just goes to show you that the price you pay for fame is living under a microscope 24/7.
Give this movie a chance and hopefully you'll have a few laughs. If it's not your thing, don't write this movie off and make it sound like a failure on the part of those involved simply based on your personal taste in movies or what you typically expect from the actors that were involved.
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