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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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:

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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Goofs

Dex's book is not on the couch after he returns from his conversation with Syd by the wall. See more »

Quotes

Dex: And this takes us to the second rule of Being Steve: You have to do something excellent in her presence, thus demonstrating your sexual worthiness.
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a multitude of thanks to ... Norma and Jack ... See more »

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

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The Tao of Steve (Isn't It Time?)
(2000)
Written and Performed by Eytan Mirsky
Published by Mirsky Mouse Music
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Flat, listless, badly written and acted romantic comedy
13 September 2000 | by (boston, massachusetts) – See all my reviews

After all the accolades, this film came as a real shock-- I was amazed at its mediocrity and flatness. Neither exploring the world of male-bonding (ala Swingers), or that of it's fairly interesting premise (intellectual posturing as a way to avoid intimacy), this film has no life outside its frames-- all I kept seeing was camera setups, unimaginative and amateurish performances and writing, and an atrocious pop score.

About 5 funny lines in the whole mess-- if I had chanced upon it without hearing the hoopla I would have easily dismissed it as another so-so indie.


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