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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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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
Mercedes Herrero ...
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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

18 August 2000 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Rick: There'll be walking.
Dex: [Unimpressed] Yeah?
Rick: And climbing.
Dex: I know.
Rick: Outdoors.
Dex: Shut the fuck up.
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a multitude of thanks to ... Norma and Jack ... See more »

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Spoofs The Waltons (1971) See more »

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Performed by Stereo Total
Written by Harpo Svensson (as Harpo)
Published by Rak Publishing Ltd. (PRS)
Courtesy of Bobsled Records
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Entertaining, Insightful, Funny, Moving
20 August 2001 | by (Portland, OR, USA) – See all my reviews

Entertaining, Insightful, Funny, Moving.

This film was a delight to see. Immediately after viewing the DVD I ran the director's commentary that was nearly as entertaining to listen to as the film was! All of the participants in the commentary (including the director, writer, and both leads) were intelligent, amusing, and and very entertaining: I wanted to invite them all over for dinner and play poker and talk philosophy (and of course, the Tao of Steve) until dawn. I take that back, after viewing the stunning photography of the film, I want them to invite *me* to dinner in Sante Fe! I did have to stop the film to look up solipsistic, though <g>.

I want to see more where this came from and so will you if you choose to view this wonderful film!


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