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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dex
Ayelet Kaznelson ...
Beth
John Hines ...
Ed
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Priest
Jessica Gormley ...
Gossipy Woman
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Gossipy Woman
Cheryl Anne Jaroslaw ...
Gossipy Woman
Nina Jaroslaw ...
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Dana Goodman ...
Julie
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Syd
Dave Bynum ...
Epperley Reunion Band: Bass
Matt Nader ...
Epperley Reunion Band: Guitar and Vocals
Dave Terry ...
Epperley Reunion Band - Vocals and Guitar
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?

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

1 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dex, der Frauenheld  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$91,791 (USA) (4 August 2000)

Gross:

$4,340,373 (USA) (15 December 2000)
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Trivia

Nick Offerman was originally cast to play Steve, but was let go when the director became aware that Donal Logue was interested in the part. See more »

Goofs

When Beth and Dex are in the car together, she drives really fast and during a shot of the car speeding, we see a different person driving the car before it switches back to Beth speeding. See more »

Quotes

Dex: Steve is the prototypical cool American male. Y'know, I'm talking about Steve McGarrett, alright? Steve Austin, Steve McQueen. Y'know, he's the guy on his horse, the guy alone. He has his own code of honor, his own code of ethics, his own rules of living, man. He never, ever tries to impress the women but he always gets the girl.
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Art Deptartment [misspelling] Special Thanks A Multitude of Thanks Tremendous Thanks! Biggest Thanks of All! See more »

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References The Six Million Dollar Man (1974) See more »

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Peanut Butter
(1961)
Performed by The Marathons
Written by Marty Cooper, H.B. Barnum, Clifford Goldsmith, Fred Smith
Produced by Marty Cooper and H.B. Barnum
Published by Escort Music Co.
Administerd by Bug Music Inc.
Courtesy of Everest Music Group
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A film that's excellent before its audience.
20 March 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Tao of Steve" tells of a fat slob of a guy who seems to have unusually good fortune in bedding chicks thanks to his Taoist philosophy. Although the flick smells like a young indie, it is fresh, creative, and unique enough to take on a seemingly endless parade of second rate romantic comedies sans the 24 carat glamour and other trappings of Hollywood. "The Tao..." is a great watch for anyone interested in what independent films are about and an enjoyable watch for most. Kudos to the Goodmans.


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