All About Steve
Sandra Bullock follows twin box-office strikes The Proposal and The Blind Side with supposedly kooky comedy All About Steve. Combining the male charms of The Hangover’s Bradley Cooper and Sideways star Thomas Hayden Church must have seemed like a safe bet, but in the inept hands of first time director Phil Traill and with Bullock’s comic touch deserting her, All About Steve is just toe curling.
Mary Horowitz (Bullock) is a dowdy crossword-compiler who, after a blind date with news cameraman Steve (Cooper), embarks on a cross-country chase to stalk her unwary quarry. While Steve assists vain television reporter Hartman Hughes (Church) as a cameraman, the daffy Horowitz turns up to interrupt their attempts to cover newsworthy events including the birth of a three-legged baby.
With repeated non-jokes about rape, child deformity and an idiotic finale that reprises Billy Wilder’s Ace In The Hole as Mary finds herself trapped in an abandoned mine-shaft with a deaf child, All About Steve regularly attempts to flaunt its many lapses of taste to wearisome effect. The performers may perfectly qualified, but Traill’s mirthless direction of a desperate-looking cast demonstrates just what a difficult business making comedy can be.
General release from Fri 15 Jan.