All About Steve

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The idea that larger-than-life characters provoke equally large laughs is proved awfully wrong by ‘All About Steve’, a film that topped many US critics’ polls as the worst film of 2009. In a performance set to join the ranks of cinema’s most misguided career choices, Sandra Bullock plays Mary, an excitable crossword planner who develops an unhealthy fixation on Bradley Cooper’s titular news cameraman and decides to stalk him across the country, from disaster to disaster, in an attempt to win his heart.

Thomas Haden Church leads a solid supporting cast as puffed-up newsman Hartman Hughes, who is the focus of the script’s unsubtle but often on-target swipes at the mainstream news media. But he’s no match for Bullock’s berserker central turn. Mary is a memorable comic creation for all the wrong reasons: glibly written, offensively characterised and bizarrely dressed, she’s the classic screwball ditz taken to grotesque and at times unwatchable extremes.

Release details

Rated: 12A
Release date: Friday January 15 2010
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Phil Traill
Cast: Sandra Bullock
Bradley Cooper
Thomas Haden Church

Average User Rating

1.9 / 5

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Offensively unfunny, with its one star earned by a few good lines and a decent performance by Thomas Haden Church. The stalker behavior of the supremely annoying Mary is one thing, but throw in the maudlin cheesy message at the end and you have one horrible movie. I adore Sandra Bullock, but as she was one of the producers of this film, she should be ashamed.


The Queen of ROMCOM comes unstuck in this unfunny rather sad tale of a woman who is not so much ditzy or cookie but actually two sandwiches short of a picnic and not in a heart warming Forrest Gump way but in a scary person way. My wife and I are Bullock fans but this has to be her worst movie by a country mile she even worse than the Lake House!


I caught this film a couple of months ago in Australia. I watched it with my girlfriend and she really loved it. I'm not so sure about it. Hayden Church was really funny in it but Bullock was annoying. After what could only be described as attempted date-rape on Bradley Cooper, Bullock decides to stalk him across the country. It's difficult to root for the heroine when she does this sort of thing.


The story is not very surprising, but it definitely is original. However, what will stick most after watching this, one rembers one think most: the incredible akwardness of the main character 'Mary'. It is a funny entertaining movie, but not special