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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:

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 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 »

Quotes

Dave: Fuck you, man. You're all Steve's and I'm Gomer Fucking Pyle, man? Fuck that. Screw you guys.
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Based on a story by Duncan North Based on an idea by Duncan North Based on Duncan North See more »

Connections

References The Great Escape (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

The Great Escape
(1963)
Written and Performed by Elmer Bernstein
Published by EMI U Catalog Inc. (ASCAP)
Courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music Inc.
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Unseen, Unusual, and Underrated
3 September 2001 | by (In A Confined Space) – 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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