What determines destiny?
Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, and "The Hangover's" Bradley Cooper star in a tale of a woman who, after falling hard for a guy, thinks they're an item; unfortunately, he thinks she's stalking him! Bullock's Mary Horowitz is a cruciverbalist - a crossword puzzle constructor. Her brain spins at warp speed with an endless stream of arcane information. She can come up with the perfect word - and dozens with the same meaning - at a moment's notice, but "normal" behavior eludes her. Take, for example, the fact that she lives with eccentric parents. Or her inability to engage in social intercourse without dropping a litany of twenty-dollar words and unleashing a tsunami of trivia. Then, there's the matter of her omnipresent fire-engine-red go-go boots.
For Mary, nothing is typical, especially relationships. When she is set up on a blind date with handsome cable-news cameraman Steve, Mary thinks the chemistry is undeniable - that Steve is "the one." Steve, on the other hand, thinks Mary is crazy. Mary, who just knows she's found her soul mate, decides to do anything and go anywhere to be with him. She begins to pursue Steve relentlessly as he crisscrosses the country, covering breaking news stories. Mary's escalating infatuation with Steve is encouraged by the self-serving actions of news reporter Hartman Hughes (Thomas Haden Church), who enjoys torturing his insolent cameraman at every opportunity.
With Mary never far behind and
Hartman urging her on, Steve becomes increasingly unhinged. But when
Mary becomes embroiled in the news story of the year, Steve and
Hartman begin to see her differently. Hartman is plagued by guilt,
knowing his game of one-upmanship with Steve has placed her squarely
in harms way, while Steve is feeling his own pangs of remorse at his
callous behavior. Despite the media storm surrounding her, Mary with
her upbeat, unaffected manner brings together a small community of
new friends. And all who encounter Mary will realize that sometimes
the ones who don't fit in are the ones who really stand out.
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Director: Phil Traill
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (for sexual content including innuendos)
Screenwriter: Kim Barker
Starring: Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong, DJ Qualls, Katy Mixon, Howard Hesseman