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"All About Steve" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Eberle

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Synopsis

Mary Horowitz (Bullock) is the uber-geeky crossword puzzle creator for a local newspaper.  She is quite intelligent, freakishly so in fact, but socially inept.  Her well-meaning parents (yes, she lives with them) set her up on a blind date with a hunky cameraman who works at the local TV station.  After five minutes, Steve (Cooper) realizes Mary is a complete nutball and fakes a phone call to escape.  Unfortunately Mary doesn’t perceive his lack of interest and starts following him from job to job.  She falls into one bizarre situation after another until she winds up trapped in an abandoned mineshaft with a little deaf girl.  By the time she and the girl are rescued, the world (at least those watching the news) has fallen in love with Mary and Steve realizes just how special she really is.


Specifications

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 39 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec:  AVC @ 26 Mbps
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, Bradley Cooper
  • Directed by Phil Traill
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Innuendo, Crude References
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

I admit I am a fan of Sandra Bullock.  Her quirky but cute characters are always entertaining… until this film.  After about 30 minutes I wondered if someone had simply set up a camera and the actors improvised their parts.  The script was horrible and I found it a challenge to make it to the end.  Mercifully it was only 90 minutes or so.  I was quite surprised to Sandra Bullock listed as a producer on this movie.  If she had simply showed up for the paycheck I could understand.  But for her to be involved in the production was unexpected.  I might have thought a little better of All About Steve if there had been more slapstick comedy, or just comedy period.  Even Sandra Bullock’s trademark physical gags were in very short supply.  Her talents were completely wasted.  Bradley Cooper’s performance as Steve, the love interest, was completely phoned in.  I think anyone with white teeth and a bit of razor stubble could have done as good a job.  Thomas Haden Church as the has-been TV reporter tried to be funny but I couldn’t stop seeing him as the Sandman character from Spider-Man 3.  All in all, this flick was a snoozer, a romantic comedy devoid of both romance and comedy.

Technical

Color quality ranged from flat and washed out to over-saturated.  Flesh tones are fairly natural but you can sometimes see the actors’ heavy makeup.  The image is quite sharp with good rendering of textures and small details like hair and fabric.  Dark scenes showed slightly elevated black levels which created a foggy look.  Shadow detail was often crushed as well.

The audio was nothing special.  Dialog was clear but the sound in general lacked depth.  Music was used very sparingly.  What little there was seemed fairly average and non-creative.  It didn’t really add or detract from the experience.

Extras

The bonus features consist of five short documentaries, a gag reel, deleted scenes and audio commentary with the writer, the principal actors and the director.  Also included is a digital copy of the film for use with a computer or iPod.  This comes on a second disc.