As anyone who has ever been in a lengthy relationship knows, every couple has a “His” section and a “Her” section (or, “His” and “His,” “Hers” and “Hers,” or some other variation thereof) for select items. Toiletries, vehicles, tastes in food — and, of course, films. Case in point: All About Steve, another in a long line of romantic comedies starring Sandra Bullock. It’s definitely the kind of film that is considered a “Hers” selection within the confines of our home, and it’s also an excellent example of what a “chick flick” really is. And, after watching it with my fiancée, I am proud to say that I still love her anyway.
At first glance, it didn’t look like All About Steve was going to amount to much. Sure enough, I was right. The story — an awkward nerdy woman (Bullock) falls in love with a handsome guy (Bradley Cooper) and drives him crazy until he finally realizes what a great gal she really is — is really nothing new. Nor is it terribly interesting. A pity, really, since I’m sure a lot of people were hoping for a lot more…especially from the film’s male romantic interest, Bradley Cooper — who was part of the wonderful ensemble that wowed audiences in The Hangover a few months prior to All About Steve’s theatrical release.
Back to the story. Mary, the aforementioned awkward nerdy woman, works as a crossword puzzle designer for the Sacramento Herald. After a disastrous blind date with Steve (Cooper), the cameraman for cable news network CCN, Mary designs a confusing crossword based entirely on Steve — to which she is fired. Seeing her newfound unemployment as a gift from fate, Mary decides to set out cross-country and stalk the living bejesus out of Steve, who is teased by his coworkers — CCN newscaster Hartman Hughes (Thomas Haden Church, who receives second billing) and their producer, Angus (Ken Jeong — another familiar face from The Hangover, whose presence gives us all some false hope that there will be at least some comedic chemistry at play here) — about the crazy lady. Meanwhile, Mary gets herself into all sorts of Sandra Bullock romantic comedy routines along the way.
I’m all in favor of being green and recycling and whatnot — but I fail to see how reusing the same tired script over and over again is going to save the planet and/or be of an enormous asset to future generations. You hear me, Sandra Bullock?