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All About Steve review

Sandra Bullock’s innate likeability is stretched to breaking point in this backfiring star vehicle.

She plays Mary, a red-booted crossword compiler with an encyclopaedic brain but zero social skills.

Following an exceptionally brief blind date with hunky TV news cameraman Bradley Cooper, she becomes smitten and begins stalking him round the States from one newsy hotspot to the next, picking up a motley crew of misfits along the way.

Romcom? Send-up? Romcom send-up? No one seems to know, least of all director Phil Traill, whose failure to deliver a consistent tone – or, y’know, any laughs – leaves his capable cast hung out to dry.

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