Back in September, we heard that Bridesmaids' breakout star and Mike & Molly Emmy winner Melissa McCarthy was creating a sitcom for CBS. The show, written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone (who Bridesmaids fans remember as McCarthy's character's air marshal lover), would focus on a forty year-old woman undergoing a midlife crisis. Now we find out, McCarthy is developing another project for the network. And it's along similar lines.
McCarthy is executive producing a sitcom, to be written by Falcone and MadTV's Larry Dorf, about a thirty-seven year-old man still living at home with his parents. No word on who will play the man, David Gell, or his parents. McCarthy will not be writing this project, and her husband and Dorf will also act as producers.
This just furthers the speculation that McCarthy is on a very fast path to superstardom. The actress has already received a handful of film roles thanks to her extremely well-received performance in Bridesmaids as Lillian's (Maya Rudolph) brash and colorful sister-in-law-to-be, Megan. Her development of two new comedy series for the CBS network proves that McCarthy's talents are not limited to performance: she is also convincing the lot of us that she is an adept writer and producer.
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WHAT’S IT ABOUT?
All About Steve centers on the antics of nutty Mary Horowitz (Sandra Bullock) a thirtysomething spinster who isn’t like most women her age. A cruciverbalist (crossword puzzle writer) by trade she possesses a brain crammed to the hilt with obscure facts arcane trivia and SAT words all of which she happily dispenses — at breakneck speed — on any unfortunate soul who happens to stumble into a conversation with her. And while such a quality may prove useful in her professional life it’s terrible for her romantic one. Which is why she lives alone with her parents and her closest confidante is a hamster.
Mary’s fortunes abruptly change — in her mind at least — when she’s set up on a blind date with Steve (Bradley Cooper) a charming surprisingly handsome cable-news cameraman to whom she feels an immediate intense attraction. So intense in fact that she dedicates an entire crossword puzzle to him confusing readers and angering her boss who immediately fires her. (Apparently there are no copy editors — or editors of any kind for that matter — at the newspaper where Mary works.)
Mary deliberately misinterprets her dismissal as a sign that she is meant to be with Steve who just recently left town on assignment. Determined to follow her “destiny ” she packs her bags and embarks on a road trip pursuing her would-be soulmate as he travels to various towns to cover breaking news stories. Understandably freaked-out by the antics of his oddball stalker Steve does his best to give Mary the heave-ho to little avail.
Bullock has amped up the wackiness factor in the latter half of her career riding the “clumsy hot chick” routine to box office success in the blockbuster comedies Miss Congeniality and Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous. In All About Steve Bullock effectively carries the film for what it’s worth as the neurotic hyperactive Mary.
Thomas Haden Church (Sideways Spider-Man 3) issues a fine performance in a supporting role as a comically self-absorbed chronically insecure TV newsman.
Methinks there’s supposed to be a point in All About Steve when Mary’s neurotic mannerisms and creepy stalker antics transition from irritating and strange to charming and quirky — making her a sort of cougar Napoleon Dynamite — but that transition never really occurs. Like Steve we just want Mary to go away. Forever.
Normally the film’s core message about being true to yourself is a virtuous one but when “yourself” is quite literally THE MOST ANNOYING PERSON IN THE WORLD the exact opposite is true. My greatest fear regarding All About Steve is that dozens of pushy delusional people will see it and feel validated in their behavior.
Sandra Bullock's face is virtually unrecognizable from her Speed days.