Year: 2009
USA: Fox 2000 Pictures
UK: Twentieth Century Fox
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Thomas Haden Church, Bradley Cooper, Ken Jeong, D J Qualls, Keith David, Howard Hesseman, Beth Grant, Katy Mixon, M C Gainey, Holmes Osborne, Delaney Hamilton, Jason Jones, Carlos Gómez, George Sharperson
Director: Phil Traill
Country: USA
USA & UK: 99 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for sexual content including innuendos
UK Certificate: 12A contains moderate sex references
USA Release Date: 4 September 2009
UK Release Date: 15 January 2010


Sandra Bullock plays Mary Horowitz, an eccentric '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" behaviour eludes her. Then, there's the matter of her omnipresent fire-engine-red go-go boots.

The after one short but sweet blind date, Mary falls for handsome cable news cameraman Steve (Bradley Cooper). Mary is convinced they are soul mates, while Steve, on the other hand, thinks she is crazy.

As Steve moves from one news story to the next across the country, Mary follows along accordingly, encouraged by the self-serving actions of news reporter Hartman Hughes (Thomas Hayden Church), who enjoys torturing his insolent cameraman at every opportunity.

When Mary unwittingly becomes caught up in an incident that escalates to becoming a major news story, Steve and Hartman begin to see her differently. Hartman is plagued by guilt for his part in his game of one-upmanship with Steve that has placed her squarely in harms way, while Steve is feeling his own pangs of remorse at his insensitive behaviour towards her.

With the media furore breaking out around Mary, she befriends an endearing group of oddballs who embrace her idiosyncrasies, which ultimately forces her to rethink her entire journey. Ultimately all who encounter Mary soon realize that sometimes the ones who don't fit in are the ones who really stand out."