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.”
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!
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.