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The Tao of Steve (2000)

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Underachieving, overweight kindergarten teacher Dex finds a woman who forces him to reexamine his Zen-like system of seduction.

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Jenniphr Goodman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donal Logue ... Dex
Ayelet Kaznelson Ayelet Kaznelson ... Beth
John Hines ... Ed
John Harrington Bland ... Priest
Jessica Gormley Jessica Gormley ... Gossipy Woman
Mercedes Herrero Mercedes Herrero ... Gossipy Woman
Cheryl Anne Jaroslaw Cheryl Anne Jaroslaw ... Gossipy Woman
Nina Jaroslaw Nina Jaroslaw ... Maggie
David Aaron Baker ... Rick
Dana Goodman Dana Goodman ... Julie
Greer Goodman ... Syd
Dave Bynum Dave Bynum ... Epperley Reunion Band: Bass
Matt Nader Matt Nader ... Epperley Reunion Band: Guitar and Vocals
Dave Terry Dave Terry ... Epperley Reunion Band - Vocals and Guitar
John Truskett John Truskett ... Epperley Reunion Band: Drums
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Storyline

In his early 30s, the beer-bellied Dex has things figured out. He's widely read in philosophy, he's studied Steve McQueen the prototypical cool American hero, and he's distilled Buddhism and Taoism into three laws that make him a hit with women: don't express desire, do something heroic in front of her, then retreat. A part-time job with young children, beer, guys, Frisbee golf, pool, poker, his dog Astro, and sex: what could be missing? Then, at his ten-year college reunion, Dex meets Syd, and the "Tao of Steve" may not be enough to get him what he wants. Plus, Syd remembers something important that Dex has forgotten. Can a cool smart guy, 50 pounds overweight, find his bliss? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Why do women find this man irresistible?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dex, der Frauenheld See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,791, 6 August 2000

Gross USA:

$4,342,203

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,406,030
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Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When Dex and Syd are at her office, and Dex bends down after knocking over of a few baskets, you can see his strap-on belly. See more »

Quotes

Syd: I made a schedule on my computer.
Dex: How Marcia Brady of you!
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Crazy Credits

Special Steve Consultant Bruce "Steve" Robertson See more »

Connections

References The Jetsons (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

The Tao of Steve (Isn't It Time?)
(2000)
Written and Performed by Eytan Mirsky
Published by Mirsky Mouse Music
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Good movie for Sunday night
19 July 2004 | by Emiller375See all my reviews

Dex, the leading male character, has told Syd that he's falling in love with her, and she asks why he doesn't stop seeing other women. He responds, "Why? So I can bask in the warmth of your annihilating contempt?" The story of this film meanders much like its good-for-nothing hero, Dex, as we follow him through a slacker routine that allows him to do virtually nothing but pick up women and play games with his male friends.

He believes that he has the key to life in the "Tao of Steve," which is essentially a guide to fooling women into having sex with a fat loser--himself. He exclaims, "Why does the American Slacker get so little respect?" The clever dialog and the sweetness of Dex's discovery that he actually loves Syd and doesn't really want to be a professional cad all his life makes the movie worth watching.

Also fun is the truth in the "Tao of Steve" with its three edicts: 1) suppress your desire--and your agenda of getting her into bed 2) be excellent in her presence and 3) retreat. It's true that going into a relationship with nothing else in mind but sleeping with a woman is a huge mistake, and Dex recognizes the wisdom of being cool rather than needy, but then he uses it the wrong way (or the right way, depending on your perspective). We watch him explain his philosophy, use it to manipulate women, and then have to violate it as he finally figures out that while the "Tao of Steve" may get him women, it won't get him the one woman he really wants.


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