September 21, 2009 12:00 PM

Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church | PG-13 |

COMEDY

There are ships, and then there’s the Titanic. And there are movies that are turkeys, and then there’s All About Steve. This misguided comedy stars Bullock as Mary Magdalene Horowitz (yes, she’s half Jewish, half Catholic), a garrulous crossword puzzle designer so inept socially that, early on, I scrawled in my notebook, “Asperger’s?” That was before Mary began relentlessly pursuing Steve (Cooper), a TV news cameraman, on whom she fixates after a single disastrous date. Presumably, Bullock, who coproduced Steve, wanted to make a movie about not fitting in and staying true to yourself. But Mary is so off-putting, you just wish she’d go away or—at least—shut up. Better luck to all involved next time.

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