Sandra Bullock got a lot of press for her movies in 2009, and it has followed us into 2010 as well. She chose three distinctly different films: a romantic comedy (“The Proposal”), an inspirational sports drama (“The Blind Side”), and a more off-beat comedy (“All About Steve”). And in each of these movies, she portrayed a wide range of women. In “The Proposal,” she played a woman who discovers that she needs more than corporate success to fill the void that a family leaves. In “The Blind Side,” she has received acclaim for her performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy, the mother on a mission to give opportunity to a deserving child. Most people are so enamored by those two that they are willing to turn a blind eye to the scorned “All About Steve,” where Bullock enters more familiar territory by playing a bumbling klutz who falls madly and hopelessly head-over-heels for a guy who couldn’t care less about her.
Despite what you may think the movie “All About Steve,” it’s hard to take great fault with Bullock’s performance. She makes the best of a horrifically written character, refusing to lay down and die. By no stretch of the imagination am I saying that the goofy crossword puzzle crafter Mary belongs in the same league as Gracie Hart (“Miss Congeniality”) or Lucy Kelson (“Two Weeks Notice”) – and it shouldn’t be mentioned in the same sentence as the racist Los Angeles housewive Jean Cabot from “Crash.” We can wonder all we want about why she chose this movie, but it’s total face plant is not her fault.
Blame unimaginative writing. Blame pretty much everyone else in the cast who is in this movie to collect a nice paycheck – I’m talking to you, Thomas Haden Church and Bradley Cooper. When even Ken Jeong, the highlight of “The Hangover” with his hilarious Leslie Chow, can’t invigorate a movie, you know that things are pretty darn bad. D /