All About Steve
Crossword puzzle constructor Mary Horowitz (Bullock) is smart, pretty – and a natural disaster that shakes news cameraman Steve (Cooper) to the core. Set up on a blind date with Steve, Mary thinks the chemistry is undeniable and just knows she’s found her soulmate. She decides to do anything and go anywhere to be with him.
Mary’s escalating infatuation is encouraged by the self-serving actions of news reporter Hartman Hughes (Church) who enjoys torturing his insolent cameraman at every opportunity. As the news team crisscrosses the country covering breaking news stories, Steve becomes increasingly unhinged as Mary trails them.
But when the overzealous Mary becomes embroiled in the news story of the year, Steve and Hartman begin to see her differently. Hartman is plagued by guilt knowing his game of one-upmanship with Steve has placed her squarely in harms way while Steve is feeling his own pangs of remorse at his callous behavior. Despite the media storm surrounding her, Mary with her upbeat unaffected manner not only brings everyone together but finds her own oddball friends and discovers her true place in the world.
Make no mistake about it. Sandra Bullock is funny in this movie, playing a very intelligent woman who sometimes lacks common sense and goes with a lot of off-the-cuff moments. She is unique. She quotes Jesus and philosophers and understands physics which, by the way, comes in handy for her in this film. She also falls hard for a guy named Steve, and she uses Steve in her next crossword puzzle at the newspaper she works for. The puzzle includes things such as the color of Steve’s eyes, and so forth, which results in her losing her job.
However, she is resilient and she makes friends everywhere she goes. When she comes to the rescue of a deaf child who fell into a mine, she soon becomes a national heroine and Steve, who previously avoided her like the plague, begins to see her with new eyes. Unfortunately, the film is peppered with strong language and strong sexual comments, as well as a few sexual moments, and we are therefore unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the movie.