All About Steve

Sandra Bullock proved a colossus at the US box office last year, with hits The Proposal and The Blind Side. Sandwiched between them came this sorry so-called comedy that quickly died on its cinema run. No surprise there – it's appalling.

The rom-com star plays Mary Magdalene Horowitz, a cruciverbalist (compiler of crossword puzzles) who lives with her parents while her home is being fumigated and has no life outside her job at the newspaper she works for. Her parents set her up on a blind date with dishy CCN cameraman Cooper. With barely any conversation she practically rapes him on the front seat of his car such is her energetic ardour. Cooper hightails it away from this fruitcake but she then follows him to the various news events he has to cover, such as a hospital drama involving a three-legged child, a hurricane in Texas, and then a group of deaf children who have fallen down a deep mine shaft.

News presenter Church, an overconfidernt egotistical reporter desperate to be a TV anchor, encourages the poor woman to keep up her stalkerish tendencies in pursuing the cameraman, constantly stirring up trouble for his colleague. The chief problem with this awful effort is not only the dreadful script, which includes occasional stomach-churning narration from the lead, nor the mind-numbing lack of logic it imparts. It's Bullock's character. Though she's incredibly bright, her behaviour dictates that she should be institutionalised. No sane person would ever want to go out with her. Kookiness can be charming and funny, but performed to such extremes here it's simply tragic.

And remember Lucy Davis from the UK version of The Office? She played Dawn. She crops up here briefly on a pyschiatric couch. She must count herself lucky that she's on screen for no more than 10 seconds. This miscalculated opus should be avoided at all costs. It's trite, sentimental and embarrassing. Absolute garbage.

All About Steve at IMDb

Stuart O'Connor is the Managing Editor of Screenjabber, the movie review website he co-founded with Neil Davey far too many years ago. He likes all genres, as long as the film is good (although he does enjoy the occasional bad "guilty pleasure"), and drinks way too much coffee.

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