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All About Steve (DVD Review)

14 Dec, 2009 By: Angelique Flores

Street 12/22/09
Box Office $33.9 million
$29.98 DVD, $39.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘PG-13’ for sexual content including innuendos.
Stars Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong, Keith David, Kerri Kenney.

The smart, quirky nerd trying to fit in with everyone isn’t a new story. But instead of the usual teenage cast that this sort of plot would lend itself to, this story takes place among adults.

Mary (Sandra Bullock) is the smart, quirky nerd here. She works as a newspaper crossword puzzle writer. Mary has knowledge on just about everything, but doesn’t have a social life. Wanting her to have more fun and “be normal,” her parents set her up on a blind date with Steve (Bradley Cooper), a news cameraman. Mary decides he’s her ticket to normalcy and follows him on the road while he’s on assignment.

Much to Steve’s annoyance, his anchorman, Hartman Hughes (Thomas Haden Church), goads Mary to keep tailing them, while Steve’s producer Angus (Ken Jeong, Cooper’s Hangover co-star) tries to keep his team’s heads on straight.

While Bullock pulls off Mary as a lovable character, Church, with his acerbic humor, and Jeong, with his neuroticism, steal the show. The majority of the film is pretty funny because of the ensemble cast. But then the film takes a turn into more seriousness, pounding out the message of being yourself.

Bonus materials include commentary with director Phil Traill, screenwriter Kim Barker, Bullock, Church, Cooper and Jeong; deleted and alternate scenes; a gag reel with optional commentary; “All About All About Steve,” a behind-the-scenes featurette; and more. But it’s the hilarious a capella duet by Cooper and Jeong that will have you rolling with laughter.

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