Suzanne Tenner
Christine Spines
August 31, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

All About Steve

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
89 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/04/09
performer
Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church, Howard Hesseman
director
Phil Traill
distributor
Fox 2000 Pictures
author
Kim Barker
genre
Romance, Comedy

We gave it a D-

STARRING Sandra Bullock, Bradley Cooper, Thomas Haden Church, Ken Jeong
WRITTEN BY Kim Barker
DIRECTED BY Phil Traill

There is nothing charming or typically girl-next-door about Bullock’s role as a terminally single, fashion-impaired crossword-puzzle nerd who falls for a TV news cameraman (Bradley Cooper) on a blind date and starts stalking him and his daffy anchorman (Thomas Haden Church). But the reigning queen of romantic comedies, who also produced the film, spent years developing the script until her character resembled the kind of sexually frustrated goofball usually written only for men. ”Sandy always said her schematic was Wedding Crashers,” says Church. ”She wanted it to be a dude comedy, except about a woman.”

Which may be why she and first-time feature director Phil Traill pursued Wedding Crashers star Bradley Cooper — well before he headlined the hit The Hangover. ”We had to fight to cast him,” Traill says. Steve, which filmed before The Hangover, ended up being a vital bonding experience for Cooper and Ken Jeong, who plays a TV producer in the movie and went on to become The Hangover‘s sadistic, naked mobster. ”By the time they did The Hangover,” laughs Traill, ”Ken was comfortable enough to take all his clothes off and jump on Bradley’s face.”

During the shoot, Bullock made few concessions to movie-star vanity. In one scene, she wears only a red bra as she pounces on Cooper. When Bullock was told her butt would be in close-up, Traill says the actress had just one request: ”’Make sure you tell Bradley to slap my ass.’ All she could think of was making the scene funnier.”

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