1 ½ stars
"Oh, Jesus! She's got a machete! Where the hell did she get a machete?!" (Steve)
The infamous movie for the part of which Sandra Bullock got a Razzie Award as a leading actress right the day before the triumphant win at the Oscars for another film 'The Blind Side' is also produced by her. Being the kind reviewer and an avid opponent of the Razzies, I would like not only to pan fiercely the lame flick but also to look deeper into its core to see whether there's anything good in it.
Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) is a frenzied crossword puzzler, whose life revolves around her work that overgrew into a frightening obsession, but there's a new craze on the horizon that immediately comes in her view. In attempts to organize well her personal life, the girl's parents arrange another blind date for her, and Mary meets him… Steve (Bradley Cooper), who at a glance puzzles out a weirdo in her. Nevertheless, she believes that they are meant for each other and after the quasi-journalist successfully loses her job, she starts off to follow her "true love" across the country, as he performs his cameraman duties for CCN at different hot for news points in America. Naturally, this thorny path leads her to ridiculous and sometimes dangerous situations.
That's it, so simple. The point is that the whole story is badly written as the troubles Mary gets into are as much ludicrous as her funny looks, but if you laugh, I doubt whether it would be enjoyable. Why was Sandra Bullock called the worst actress? I'm strongly convinced that it's not because of her acting talent but because of her heroine, that evokes the feelings of understandable irritation and slight scorn. Therefore, I don't think that it's fair to humiliate Bullock only because she chose the role we don't accept. After all, I'm a passionate Razzies' opponent because it's so easy to conduct that annual ceremony and revile people no matter if they are gifted or not. If Sandra picked this part, maybe, she found something special about it that however, didn't work out. So what? Is she the worst?
I always say that in any way you can learn something worthy even from a bad-written book or a cheesy film. 'All About Steve' is about being different from the whole world; and being such a person, you don't have to change to please someone and you can still find true friendship like Mary did. Perhaps that's the message Bullock wanted us to notice but we didn't. The additional half of the star in the rating is due to this and the fact that the main character is the embodiment not only of craziness but of kindness and courage.
Rating: 1 ½ stars (see what that means)