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The Tao of Steve (2000)

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

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Dex
Ayelet Kaznelson ...
Beth
John Hines ...
Ed
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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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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

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Rated R for language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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1 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dex, der Frauenheld  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$91,791, 6 August 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$4,340,373, 17 December 2000
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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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Syd: Don Giovanni slept with thousands of women because he was afraid he wouldn't be loved by one.
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Referenced in Psych: The Tao of Gus (2011) See more »

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Down in the Traffic
(1998)
Performed by Adventures in Stereo
Written by James Beattie
Published by James Beattie's Publishing
Courtesy of Bobsled Records
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Unseen, Unusual, and Underrated
3 September 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a movie that opened my eyes to the world of dating and one-night stands. It is about an overweight and scruffy-looking dude that is a womanizer. Dex doesn't fit the stereotype of a womanizer (slick and fast talking, usually well-dressed and clean shaven). That was the genius behind this film. This is a movie that a lot of people should eventually get wind of and will possibly see. Not many critics consider it a classic, but I think qualifies for title of "minor classic." I give it a 10 out of 10.


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