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All About Steve (2009)
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
For sexual content including innuendos
Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong, DJ Qualls, Katy Mixon, Howard Hessem
All About Steve (2009)
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.
All About Steve (2009) | Review
There's Something About Mary
While the main thrust of the movie is Mary's pursuit of Steve (Bradley Cooper of The Hangover and He's Just Not That Into You) across country after just one date, the main lesson of the film revolves two lessons. One is of course all about Mary, the woman who is kinder, more naive, and more straightforward than all of the people who are posing and propping up their lives to get ahead and make something of themselves. Mary is completely transparent, to the point of alienating a busfull of people, scaring her parents, or delivering a heroic moment in the midst of tragedy. And Mary is accepting of everyone and anyone, even if she's a bit obsessive about Steve and grammar.
But the second point, and one played out in films like The Truman Show, Ed TV, Someone Like You, and others,revolves around the way in which the media and our pursuit of the very last detail about everyone else's lives gets in the way of our really living. Steve serves as the cameraman of Hartman Hughes (Thomas Haden Church) and the wingman of director Angus Tran (Ken Jeong) as they race around the country trying to please their producer by finding the best "news" stories, even while embracing the axiom that sex and sensationalism sell advertisements.
Mary proves to be more brave and trustworthy than any of the other characters, even those who treat her like she's neurotic, sick, retarded, or crazy. Mary embraces a love-others-as-you-want-to-be-loved mantra, and even challenges the beliefs and systems of others, to the point where they change. That's gospel, down-and-dirty redemption, and not just because it occurs deep within the mine! When we embrace our best and believe in the best of others, and provide grace in the moments when others fail, we can change the world.
Now, the obsession she has for Steve that gets her into the mess in the first place? That's for another essay.
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