All About Steve
All About Steve is a 2009 American romantic comedy film directed by Phil Traill that stars Sandra Bullock (who also produced the film), Thomas Haden Church, and Bradley Cooper as the eponymous Steve.
Mary Horowitz writes crossword puzzles for the Sacramento Herald. She's loquacious to a fault. When kids at a career day make fun of her for being single, she accepts a blind date with Steve, the cameraman for a CNN-like news network. Within minutes she decides he's the man for her. He's quickly put off by her constant verbiage and over-the-top advances; he makes an off-hand remark about going on the road with her, and splits. She's moonstruck, writes a sappy crossword puzzle, loses her job, and decides to follow him as the news team crisscrosses the Southwest; Steve's team eggs her on. Then she falls in a mine shaft, and she and Steve become a story; is it a love story?
Why It Sucks
- The premise is outright bizarre and ridiculous, and it feels more on par with a psychological thriller rather than a romantic comedy.
- Many of the characters are either annoying, unlikable, or creepy, with Steve and his team being mostly forgettable, and especially in the case with Mary Horowitz, who has an obsessive crush over Steve. Both the leads also have no chemistry with each other.
- Over the top and pathetic acting, such as Bradley Cooper who acts like he just wanted the paycheck, and Sandra Bullock as the main character Mary, who constantly overreacts at everything.
- The writing is bizarre and outright tedious, with the scene of Mary following the news team being nothing but just padding out the film.
- Mary's actions, such as her obession with Steve including her making a crossword puzzle based all about him, make her an outright stalker.
- Plot hole: If the news team is aware of Mary chasing down Steve, why didn't they just call the police to put her in an asylum?
- Awful CGI and visual effects for 2009 standards, especially for the tornado and the flying car and debris in the storm scene.
- Many scenes are pointless, such as one where Mary and Steve have sex in the car, only for the former to fake a phone call and leave, and the hurricane scene, which feels out of place and more fitting for a disaster film like Twister.
- Sandra Bullock seems too old to play Mary Horowitz.
- False Advertising: In the poster, the umbrella is red and white. While in the film, the umbrella is blue and white.
- It was nice for Sandra Bullock to give out free DVD copies of the film while accepting the Golden Raspberry Award.
- While the film is itself awful, it still has the potential of being a good romantic comedy guilty pleasure film that you could watch and perhaps even enjoy if you like watching cheesy romantic comedy films, especially since the film can be considered "so bad, it's good" in a way.
- The climax where Mary rescues the deaf girl from the underground mine is still amazing and touching, and is probably the film's best scene.
ReceptionAll About Steve was panned by critics and audiences and was a failure in the box office. Rotten Tomatoes assigned the film a rating of 7% based on 135 reviews, with the sites consensus stating: "All About Steve is an oddly creepy, sour film, featuring a heroine so desperate and peculiar that audiences may be more likely to pity than root for her." Another review aggregator, Metacritic, gave the film an average score of 17/100 based on 27 reviews, indicating "overwhelming dislike". All About Steve opened at #3 behind the previous two weeks' #1 openers, The Final Destination and Inglourious Basterds with $11.2 million. The film grossed $33.8 million at the North American box office and has a worldwide total of $40.1 million.
The film was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards in 2010, including Worst Picture, Worst Director (Phil Traill), Worst Actress (Sandra Bullock), Worst Screenplay (Kim Barker) and Worst Screen Couple (Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper). All About Steve ultimately won Worst Actress and Worst Screen Couple. Sandra Bullock accepted the Razzie for Worst Actress, giving out a copy of All About Steve to each member of the audience, promising to attend next year if they all watched to consider if it was "truly the worst performance". When an audience member thanked her for the copies, Bullock replied "You say that now". She won an Academy Award for Best Actress for The Blind Side the next day, making Bullock the first performer to win an Academy Award and a Razzie Award in the same year. She also won a Golden Globe for The Proposal.