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731. All About Steve

Published March 11, 2017

Background info

Title: All About Steve Director: Phil Traill Year: 2009 Run time: 1hr 39m

“Convinced that a CNN cameraman is her true love, an eccentric crossword puzzler (Sandra Bullock) trails him as he travels all over the country, hoping to convince him that they belong together.”

Live blog

1:06 – Ooh, is she writing a crossword? I’ve always wanted to do that, not smart enough. 4:29 – “Just enjoy being normal.” What is normal anyways? 7:37 – Wouldn’t much fancy talking to a class about my job. 19:48 – Imagine if he really did turn up for your blind date. Dies! 13:54 – Ahh, seat belts. 16:29 – More Twinkie references. 17:32 – Solvable. Entertaining. Sparkly. 23:24 – I like her shower/bath hat thing. 27:36 – She’s taking that umbrella everywhere. 30:54 – “I figure if you miss a bus, maybe you weren’t meant to take it.” 36:35 – Can’t decide if recognisable boots are a good or bad thing! 41:53 – They’re editing in Final Cut, yay. 49:48 – Damn, I was enjoying the three newscasters, they should have a spinoff. 54:57 – Never say about a storm “how bad can it be?” 1:04:31 – “She’s just a smart girl with red boots.” 1:05:39 – Perseverance. I could learn a lot. 1:09:30 – I mean it was so obvious and still funny. 1:10:45 – Hello up there, I seem to have fallen down a cliff. 1:15:12 – Yes! Even down a hole, she’s a grammar pedant. 1:29:04 – Gotta be camera ready. 1:32:57 – He made her into an apple!

Conclusions

Tricky one this. You can’t really argue with Sandy and Bradders being in a film together, and I liked the overall message - never worry about being different, find your own normal. That’s always a good thing to hear.

However, I can sort of understand why this film was panned by critics, and saw Sandy pick up a Razzie for her performance. Mary does come across as a slightly crazy stalker, which makes it hard to totally sympathise with her efforts. And I sort of wished there was more of a resolution between her and Steve - in the end, he only softened towards her because she fell down a hole, rather than for anything she actually did.

But it was a nice gentle watch, definitely funny in places, and hey, you’re not going to forget those boots in a while.

Rating: 3/5.

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