All About Steve movie review: Licensed To Wed writer Kim Barker gets another shot at comedy. A yarn about Sandra Bullock, a wacky 40s crossword puzzle constructor (aka the morning confounder) who falls in love with a news cameraman, Bradley Cooper. A fill in the squares type of movie. Black and white. Diagonal logic. You get the picture - 4 down.
Cooper is hot off his debauched hit The Hangover, and Bullock is proving you can still be cute in your 40s even with too much make-up. Rocky Faulkner, I hope it was supposed to look that way, or since you've done a lot of special effects make-up, maybe it was all a thick character trait.
Anyway, she doesn't give up and Steve is about to throw-up. All over the country she follows and eventually all of the country follows. Chasing that last, or first, glimpse of love while the clock gently ticks to oblivion. Tick. Tock. Is that popcorn? Can I have some?
This film is PG-13 and is produced by Sandra's other recent producers (Two Weeks Notice, Miss Congeniality), so, you know what you're getting there. Don't complain to the management. If you feel the urge, or the sound, of Gamer next door, just live with your choice. And you thought art films were just taking up space at the local theater. Wouldn't you rather be watching an Emily Blunt film now?
On the other hand, if you goo goo for love at first site and gaa gaa for vaguely quirky dramady, then you're set for a satisfying All About Steve session. And don't look for Hangover's Bradley Cooper, he ain't there. But there is Thomas Haden Church, who lends a solid comedic aura to the outing.
Box office: All About Steve opened at number three, behind the previous two weeks' No. 1 openers, The Final Destination and Inglourious Basterds with $11.2 million. The film ultimately grossed $33.8 million domestically.
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