Film / All About Steve

All About Steve is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Phil Traill that stars Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, and Bradley Cooper. Ken Jeong and Keith David play supporting roles. Mary Horowitz (Bullock) is a proud cruciverbalist, the writer of crossword puzzles for the Sacramento Herald newspaper, and a very awkward young woman. Her parents set her up for a date with the eponymous Steve (Cooper), a local newspaper cameraman and she is smitten. After driving him off with over-aggressive sexual advances, and subsequently losing her job in a crossword incident, she decides that Steve is her destiny and begins following him as he pursues the news.

This film demonstrates the following tropes:

  • Ambiguous Disorder: Mary shows signs of being on the autistic spectrum, though no diagnosis is ever spoken of.
  • Bannister Slide: Mary attempts one after she reaches her Steve epiphany, but slows to a painful halt due to too much friction.
  • Blind Date: A Blind Date arranged between Mary and Steve kicks off the main plot.
  • Butt-Monkey: Angus (Jeong) is this to the news crew, the butt of their jokes and general gopher.
  • Cute Clumsy Girl: Mary is very enthusiastic, and tends to forget what's in her way as she pursues Steve.
  • Da Editor: Corbitt (David) is the owner of the TV Station that the news team is working for. He threatens to fire them multiple times as he gives his assignments.
  • Genki Girl: Mary hits all the stops, the rapid speech, the unrelenting cheerfulness, flailing arms when she gets excited...
  • The Glomp: Mary performs a textbook example on Steve at the hospital, a flying tackle which just barely avoids knocking him over.
  • Interchangeable Asian Cultures: Korean Ken Jeong has dialogue indicating that he's Vietnamese although he also curses in Japanese and Mandarin during the movie.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Mary is prone to this due to her job as a cruciverbalist, also sprinkling in gratuitous foreign languages
  • Small Name, Big Ego: Hughes is convinced that he's the next big thing in the news.
  • Stalking Is Funny If It Is Female After Male: Hughes (Church) finds the situation hilarious and encourages Mary every chance he gets. Steve is terrified, and convinced that Mary wants to skin him and wear him as a suit. Mary is largely oblivious that her behavior might be considered stalking.
  • Title Drop: After the first date, Mary releases a crossword puzzle entitled "All About Steve" where every answer is some aspect of Steve.