3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2012
Whilst i am a fan of some of Sandra Bullocks films, Few would argue she is hardly the greatest actress in the world. with her stuttering apporach "All About steve" is appalling. this is not your usual sandra bullock vehicle its a sad attempt at trying to be hip and trying to fit in with many films nowdays of being crude and laughter free. Sandra's "acting" leaves a lot to be desired with weird face pulling a smatterting of innuendo whilst she attemps to be young which simply does not work. the plot is terrible. the scenes are incredulous and if you are a fan of Sandra bullock's while you were sleeping etc then you would be best to avoid this.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 17 May 2012
I watched this film the other night with a growing sense of disbelief at just how bad it actually was. 'No', I kept thinking to myself, 'it can't really be that bad. There must be some sort of clever post-modern irony going on here'. Alas, however, there was not and it really was as bad as I feared! Both the screenplay and plot are banal and puerile beyond belief. The characters were one-dimensional cardboard cut-outs espousing a mawkish sentimentality or completely faux emotions. The film was an insult to all of the cast who surely deserve better than this. I like the lead actors (the gorgeous Sandra Bullock and uber-hunk Bradley Cooper) but this film is definitely not worthy of them. To add insult to injury, the title of course references one of the greats of American cinema. Films like this give cinema a bad name. Fortunately the DVD only cost me £3 but I definitely want a refund! The Amazon review system doesn't allow you to award 0 stars which I would if I could. Most definitely nul points as they say in a certain Eurotrash competition. Sorry guys - but an absolutely terrible effort!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 5 January 2011
I was a little dubious at first at watching this film as I hadn't heard good things.....But what can I say it was a laugh from start to finish. Sandra Bullock is as always fantastic, her portrayal of Mary was absolutley faultless and possessed many qualities which I found myself relating to. It's about realising it's OK to be different and that you don't have to be normal to find a niche in life and in society. An excellent film which I will watch again and again.
on 13 February 2015
This movie is remarkable. Somehow it succeeds in effortlessly rendering surely one of the most likeable screen actresses ever, the adorable Sandra Bullock, everyone's favourite girl next door (bar perhaps Jennifer Aniston), so totally unbearable that I doubt I'll ever be able to watch her in anything ever again. At least not without traumatic flashbacks to this dire drivel.
Some reviews cautioned only to watch it if you're an avid Bullock fan. I would say, if you're a fan, please don't watch it - it could contaminate Sandra for you for ever.
This excruciating excuse for a romcom is really one of the worst of the bunch - and believe me, I've seen some bad ones (The Holiday, anyone? I would rather barbecue my own eyeballs than sit through that again).
Sandra was born to play kooky, quirky, off the wall. But here they throw everything they can into the mix, thinking a sheer quantity of oddities (for example, she's a horny cruciverbalist) will suffice instead of actually constructing a whole personality, even if it turns her into an implausibly contradictory bunch of irritating tics and tiresome traits.
As for the plot, how anyone else she encounters could come to care about this deluded, obsessive individual and her ludicrous carnal quest is beyond me.
It's meant to be funny that, throughout all her trials and tribulations, she clings onto the increasingly battered umbrella borrowed from the object of her lust, the eponymous Steve, like some demented Mary Poppins on acid. It's a mystery to me why someone along the way didn't bludgeon her to death with the blessed thing.
Perennially in scarlet boots (Dorothy's ruby slippers, perhaps), our heroine is not a patch on that plucky wanderer but instead an infuriating blend of know-it-all verbal diarrhoea and shockingly poor impulse control. She ends up as pointless and troublesome as a fly trapped in the car with you on a hot summer's day.
Her alleged erudition is also hard to credit. It seems to manifest itself in tormenting her long-suffering parents and colleagues with a torrent of facts that never seem to demonstrate anything at all insightful or interesting. She just spouts `knowledge' like a brainwashed chimp without being able to distinguish the pertinent from the irrelevant. When she referred to `a medical phenomena' that was the icing on the cake as far as poor characterisation went. A wordsmith would surely be able to tell singular from plural.
What on earth possessed our beloved Sandra to take this part? At least Bradley Cooper and Thomas Haden Church's roles are better written and funnier and their situations more humorous and sympathetic.
If you're tempted to keep watching, hoping that it will get better, please don't waste your time. It really doesn't. It actually is that poor from start to finish.
Except for the horse incident in the wild west town.
In case you didn't know, Sandra Bullock was nominated for `Worst Actress' at the annual `Razzie' awards for her performance in `All About Steve.' She even bucked tradition and went to the ceremony to accept it. That is how well the film is generally thought of - as one of the worst you could watch that year.
So why did the usually bankable and charming Ms Bullock come a cropper with this one? Well, she does actually play her usual, i.e. charming self. The film was marketed as a typical kooky comedy which she is known for. However, instead of being loveable, she's annoying, or rather deliberately annoying.
Her character, although being intelligent, seems to have difficulty picking up on other people's non verbal communications. In many ways (and this is NEVER addressed in the movie) she shares some traits with aspergers sufferers. Therefore, she openly stalks a man who she believes is really her soul mate.
Yes, there are some funny moments on the way, but, in a film where you expect to be rooting for Sandra, you find yourself sympathising with everyone BUT her!
This is Sandra Bullock's `The Cable Guy,' i.e. a film where a normally comic actor chooses to deliberately mix things up by playing a much darker version of what they're normally known for.
The ending is a bit predictable (and somewhat unrealistic), but, if you can forgive that, plus realise that you're not actually going to like Sandra Bullock's character that much in this one, then you could just sit back and enjoy it for being quite an entertaining satire on the American news networks.
Not great, but definitely not the worst film ever made either.
on 4 February 2015
Mary Horowitz writes crossword puzzles for the Sacramento Herald. She's loquacious to a fault. When kids at a career day make fun of her for being single, she accepts a blind date with Steve, the cameraman for a CNN-like news network.
Within minutes she decides he's the man for her. He's quickly put off by her constant verbiage and over-the-top advances; he makes an off-hand remark about going on the road with her, and splits.
She's moonstruck, writes a sappy crossword puzzle, loses her job, and decides to follow him as the news team crisscrosses the Southwest; Steve's team eggs her on....
I can see why people hate this film. For one, Bullock isn't her usual romantic comedy self, she's neurotic on the verge of psychotic, and she looks terribly old in this, looking like a mother who is trying to look the same age as her teenage daughter, so wrong for the role.
And then others are complaining about the lack of chemistry between Cooper and Bullock, well...isn't that the whole point of the film, him not wanting to be near her?
Even though the film is stupid, and with a lot of the jokes, you can see the punchline coming a mile off, it's still watchable and some parts enjoyable.
Church is hilarious in his role and seems to be enjoying himself, and as are the rest of the cast, it's just Bullock is pushing her looks a little bit now, no offence, but you are a little old for the boots and the clothes now..
Is 'All About Steve' one of the great films of all time? - No. Does it have virtues? - Yes. The premise is that mainstream society is quite intolerant of difference and that our perceptions of 'normal' are constantly manipulated and exploited by a shallow, self serving media. Bullock is so obviously playing a (very mildly) autistic individual (Asperger's one would suppose) who is trying to fit in with the day to day expectations placed on an attractive woman. Miss that and I suspect a blat in the face with a baseball bat is your general level of perception. She has sexual urges, a desire to be loved and accepted - don't we all? She lacks a protective veneer of social finesse born of a very literal mind. She is fascinated by knowledge - most people can't walk and chew gum, but lie most effectively. She is a misfit: mostly by being honest, intelligent affectionate and trustingly genuine. This makes her challenging and and many people despise her or fear her for that - or simply exploit her for that. Society has shallow virtues and and dumbed down thought to simple verities - our media pander to this. 'All About Steve' challenges those simple verities, whilst the vitriole it has received in some quarters proves just how pervasive they are. No it's not a masterpiece but IS reasonably brave cinema in a fantastically cowardly age.
on 18 January 2014
I had put off buying this DVD for many months due to the bad customer reviews & general bad press surrounding it but, as a die hard Sandra Bullock fan, curiosity eventually got the better of me & I bought it last week. I'm glad I did. This movie is by no means one of her best but at the same time I didn't find it terrible or at all difficult to watch. The fact that it won an award for worst film ever made & Bullock won the award for worst actress really amazes me!The fact that she could portray such an unconventional character so believably is a credit to her & that she went on to win an Oscar for best actress that very same year says a lot!! So to anyone who's unsure whether to watch this film or not I'd just say don't believe everything you read just make your own mind up & if you're a big fan of either Bullock or Bradley Cooper you'll get some enjoyment out of it.
27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2010
I believe most people did not understand this film and were expecting a typical Sandra Bullock rom-com. Certainly, it starts in this fashion,but you soon realise that the character SB plays is not just quirky,but is more than that. She is "different" .Now is that quirky,or perhaps is she Asperger's or something similar .Very bright,but unnaturally (obsessively) focussed on crossword puzzles to shut out the world and have a refuge from people making fun of her-I felt that SB was playing the part of someone who was not quirky but "different" .She naively believes what people tell her,and tries to "fit in" to the world around her,but recognises that she does not really fit the mould of the typical person.She gets taken advantage of by a TV news team seeking sensationalist stories.But in following them around,SB comes into contact with other people who seem to turn up at these strange news happenings regularly.Soon she makes friends with them,and finds that in their strangeness,she has a lot in common.In fact,she is much more comfortable with them,than with "regular people".And it becomes clear to her that instead of trying to fit in with "normal people"(which she has been trying to do),she should be herself and find others like her,as with them they don't judge her and she fits in perfectly.
So ,it's not a rom-com,and while there are funny moments,this is a movie with a bit of a message-it's ok to be different,and don't be ashamed of it,just go and find others who are also different,and you can be happy with them as your friends.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2011
Do not buy this, it is the worst film i have ever seen. I felt i had wasted an hour and a half of my life which i will never get back! Normally i like Sandra Bullock but she stinks in it. The plot is rubbish as well.