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The Tao of Steve (2000)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  18 August 2000 (Canada)
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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 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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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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18 August 2000 (Canada)  »

Also Known As:

Dex, der Frauenheld  »

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Opening Weekend:

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

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

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When Dex is in Syd's office and she is printing out the pickup timetable, the inkjet printer makes a dot matrix printer sound. See more »

Quotes

Dex: What are you excellent at?
Dave: I'm an excellent camper.
Dex: Ok, but you can't camp in front of a woman.
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Special Steve Consultant Bruce "Steve" Robertson See more »

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References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

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You're So 1988
(1998)
Performed by Epperley
Written by Dave Bynum (as David Bynum), Matt Nader, Dave Terry (as David Terry),
John Truskett
Published by Windswept Pacific Songs
Courtesy of Triple X Records
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AKA, The Diet of Steve
28 August 2000 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

This movie is that extremely rare blend of "guy movie" and "chick flick". Every guy can relate to this and most women will enjoy the (twisted) love story. Dex is the ultimate slacker - part time worker, pot smoker, over-eater and heavy drinker. His life is based on emulating the coolness of Steve McGarrett (Hawaii 5-0), Steve Austin (6 Million Dollar Man) and the ultimate in coolness, Steve McQueen. Hence, the Tao of Steve. Dex has claimed for his own a part of Zen philosophy which has made him remarkably successful in seducing women. Syd changes everything. She is an independent, career minded, drum spanking, beautiful woman that doesn't appear to fall for Dex's charms. The chase is on. Dex pulls out all stops, until his past catches reaches up and grabs him. Syd and Dex have a strange relationship that never allows either to fully define the boundaries. There is an obvious attraction, but Syd's contempt for Dex and his methods always throws up the road block. Of course, Dex does some soul searching after a health scare (that seems out of place in the movie) and the somewhat predictable ending,nonetheless brings a smile to our faces. Donal Logue give a brilliant performance as Dex, and Greer Goodman is enchanting as Syd. Greer is the sister of the movie's director, Jenniphr Goodman, and also shared in the writing credits. Take note of the soundtrack as it adds a layer to the script, which itself is loaded with great lines. Go see this movie. And it will work as a date movie.


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