Mary Horowitz is awkward to the point of mental illness. She obsesses over her job, writing crosswords for the local paper, and she has no real human friends. Her parents set her up on a blind date, and she is disinterested... until she meets him. He's Steve Miller, a cameraman for the local news network, and he's the most handsome man Mary has ever seen. Mary pounces on Steve and starts making out with him the second they leave the house, but he quickly realizes that Mary is absolutely bonkers, so he makes up an excuse about needing to leave town and leaves her there. In order to keep her from feeling sad, he tells her he wishes she could come along-- which turns out to be a massive mistake. Mary can't get him off her mind, creating a crossword puzzle in which the answer to every question is something about Steve; this gets her fired from her job. Mary sees unemployment as a blessing, as now she's free to follow Steve around the country as he goes on location to shoot news pieces. Steve is aggravated by Mary's presence, but his news reporter, Hartman Hughes, tells Mary that Steve will fall for her if she keeps at it. This is because Hartman both loves using Mary's vast knowledge of trivia in his reports and loves watching Steve get irritated. Every time Steve thinks he's successfully escaped, Mary finds a way to hitch a ride to where he is. However, when Hartman and Steve cover a story about deaf children who fell down into an old mine, and Mary ends up accidentally falling into the mine herself, Mary must figure out how to get the children safely out while also winning the heart of her beloved Steve.
Best part of story, including ending:
This movie is insane in the worst way. Mary clearly has mental problems, but she is the butt of every joke. It's a mean-spirited film with no redeeming features.
Best scene in story:
There is no favorite scene in this film. Or, rather, if I were to choose a favorite scene, I would choose any of the brief moments in which Mary is not on screen.
Opinion about the main character:
Mary means well, and Sandra Bullock is trying her best, but the whole film is about how wacky mentally ill people are, which is in poor taste.