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Mary Horowitz is an upbeat and fun crossword puzzle constructor who has been put on a blind date to test a guys sexuality. She soon finds out that Steve is straight and that she is in love with him. But for Steve, well he thinks that she is an obsessed stalker. So, he goes on a cross country adventure to find breaking news, and soon Mary begins to follow. Steve soon releases that maybe he was wrong and starts thinking if he actually does love Mary.
Comedy - This Sandra Bullock comedy is not a romantic comedy like most of her
films but something a bit sillier. Women are the target audience.
Some suggestive humor and sensuality may make the film inappropriate
for young children.
PROFANITY: 11 S-words; a number of others. SEX/NUDITY: A scene of clothed sensuality. VIOLENCE: Punches, hits, falls. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: A tornado. COMEDY: Silly banter and wisecracks; suggestive humor; cute kid humor.
OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 143 moviegoers:
TEENS:Nearly all the females loved "All About Steve." Just a few didn't enjoy it. Five of the six males loved it. One rated it below average.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:Great reviews from the ladies. Half loved it and another quarter rated it above average, which is great. The rest mostly rated it average. Just a couple of the males loved it. Three rated it average and one rated it below average.
ADULTS:Both the male and female reviews indicate a movie most enjoyed very much. Unfortunately, there are too many "Good" and "Very Good" reviews to call it a truly great movie. Still, I would certainly recommend it.
Bullock's Mary Horowitz is a cruciverbalist - a crossword puzzle constructor. Her brain spins at warp speed with an endless stream of arcane information. She can come up with the perfect word - and dozens with the same meaning - at a moment's notice, but "normal" behavior eludes her.
Take, for example, the fact that she lives with eccentric parents.
Or her inability to engage in social intercourse without dropping a litany of twenty-dollar words and unleashing a tsunami of trivia. Then, there's the matter of her omnipresent fire-engine-red go-go boots.
For Mary, nothing is typical, especially relationships.
When she is set up on a blind date with handsome cable-news cameraman Steve, Mary thinks the chemistry is undeniable - that Steve is "the one." Steve, on the other hand, thinks Mary is crazy.
Mary, who just knows she's found her soul mate, decides to do anything and go anywhere to be with him. She begins to pursue Steve relentlessly as he crisscrosses the country, covering breaking news stories.
Mary's escalating infatuation with Steve is encouraged by the self-serving actions of news reporter Hartman Hughes (Thomas Haden Church), who enjoys torturing his insolent cameraman at every opportunity.
With Mary never far behind and Hartman urging her on, Steve becomes increasingly unhinged.
But when 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.