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The Tao of Steve -- Dex is a true ladies man, able to seduce any woman he meets by masquerading as a sensitive intellectual, quoting distinguished philosophers and poets at will. All of this changes when he runs across Syd, an old college acquaintance who doesn't fall for his tried-and-true techniques. Astonished by the rejection, Dex is forced to confront his shallow existence.
The Tao of Steve -- Underachieving, overweight kindergarten teacher Dex finds a woman who forces him to reexamine his Zen-like system of seduction.
The Tao of Steve -- Underachieving, overweight kindergarten teacher Dex finds a woman who forces him to reexamine his Zen-like system of seduction.


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

John Harrington Bland ... Priest
Jessica Gormley ... Gossipy Woman

Mercedes Herrero ... Gossipy Woman
Cheryl Anne Jaroslaw ... Gossipy Woman
Nina Jaroslaw ... Maggie

David Aaron Baker ... Rick
Dana Goodman ... Julie

Greer Goodman ... 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
Matthew Hotsinpiller ... Jeremy (as Matt Hotsinpiller)

Sue Cremin ... Jill
Roxanne De Mien ... Sarah
Jessica Bohan ... Diane
Selby Craig ... Chris
Craig D. Lafayette ... Matt

James 'Kimo' Wills ... Dave (as Kimo Wills)
Tristan Bennett ... Tris
Duncan North ... Duncan
Zak Garcia ... Zak
Jacob Sanchez ... Blond Card Shark
Cira Sandoval ... Vanessa
Shane Hamashige ... Corey
Jeannie Bauder ... Secretary
Nicholas Ballas ... Doctor
Malaika Amon ... Kinko's Chick
Garland Hunter ... Kelly
Astro ... Himself (as Astro The Dog)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Page ... College Buddy (uncredited)

Directed by
Jenniphr Goodman 
Writing credits
Duncan North (written by) and
Greer Goodman (written by) &
Jenniphr Goodman (written by)

Duncan North  idea
Duncan North  story

Produced by
Anthony Bregman .... producer
Ted Hope .... executive producer
Alton Walpole .... co-producer
Original Music by
Joe Delia 
Cinematography by
Teodoro Maniaci (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sarah Gartner 
Production Design by
Rosario Provenza 
Art Direction by
Mark Alan Duran 
Costume Design by
Birgitta Bjerke 
Makeup Department
Jolynn Nieto .... hair stylist assistant
Jolynn Nieto .... makeup artist assistant
Charise Rives .... key hair stylist
Charise Rives .... key makeup artist
Production Management
John N. Ward .... production supervisor
Emma Wilcockson .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vanja Aljinovic .... first assistant director
Dianne Barnes .... second second assistant director
Gay Browning .... second assistant director
Sarah Gartner .... second unit director
Art Department
Mia Boccella .... property master (as Mia Bocella)
Clark Duncan .... art department & product placement: Greer Garson Theater
Sam Gutierrez .... art department & product placement: Bookbinders of New Mexico
Mark Hansen .... art department production assistant
Lindsay Knitter .... art department intern
Vince Montello .... art department & product placement: Braveheart Television
Amy Morrison .... set dresser
Ralph Ortiz .... art department & product placement: Santa Fe Team Sales
Laura Parsons .... art department & product placement: Central Concrete Products
Claudio Pontorno .... art department intern
Phil Rusch .... art department & product placement: Venders Service Center
Pablo Sanchez .... art department & product placement: Sanchez Volkswagen
Joe Schlick .... art department production assistant
Libby Sternberg .... art department & product placement: Antique Merchants
Milt Sternberg .... art department & product placement: Antique Merchants
John Wardrop .... art department & product placement: Venders Service Center
Sound Department
Laura Harris Atkinson .... dialogue editor (as Laura Harris)
James Becker .... boom operator
David Brownlow .... location sound recordist
Patrick Cabral .... foley artist (as Pat Cabral)
Gary Coppola .... sound re-recording mixer
Fred 'Rudy' DeLisio .... foley artist (as Fred Rudy Delisio)
Brian Dixon .... foley recordist
Will Gethen-Jones .... boom operator
Hector C. Gika .... sound effects editor (as Hector Gika)
Craig S. Jaeger .... foley editor
Nick Neutra .... foley mixer
Rick Norman .... sound re-recording mixer
Kelly Oxford .... supervising sound editor (as Kelly L. Oxford)
Perry Robertson .... sound effects editor
David Stanke .... first assistant sound editor
Kim Waugh .... additional sound
Unsun Song .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Keith McGee .... special effects coordinator (as Keith Mcgee)
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Anderson .... best boy grip
David Aubrey .... camera operator: second unit (as David E. Aubrey)
Steve Banister .... first assistant camera: second unit
Bradley Barnes .... daily electrician
Marc Beneria .... first assistant camera
Vincent B. Chavez .... grip: day player
Joe Abraham Dean .... daily electrician
Chris Espeset .... key grip
Eric Espeset .... company grip
Harland Espeset .... dolly grip
Bradley Kellar .... daily electrician
Denver Miller .... second assistant camera
Lee Nakagawa .... company electrician
Steve Ramsey .... gaffer (as Steven Ramsey)
John Stearns .... best boy electric
Scott Stevens .... camera apprentice
Frank Tapia .... company electrician
Paul Taylor .... Steadicam operator
Teri Thomson Randall .... still photographer
Animation Department
John Kuramoto .... senior animator
Gary Leib .... animator: opening sequence, Twinkle
Casting Department
Nicole Arbusto .... casting: Los Angeles
Joy Dickson .... casting: Los Angeles
Ali Farrell .... additional casting
Karen A. Harris .... extras casting assistant
Teresa Neptune .... casting: Santa Fe
Joyce Wainwright .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Judy Broughton .... wardrobe: Judy's Unique Apparel
Steve Duffy .... wardrobe: Paradise on a Hanger
Douglas Magnus .... wardrobe: Silver Accessories
Danlee Winegar .... key costumer
Editorial Department
Mia Boccella .... editorial intern (as Mia Bocella)
Mark Ginsberg .... color timer
Graeme Lowry .... first assistant editor
Ryanne Nicksa .... editorial intern
Patricia Sztaba .... negative cutter
Stan Sztaba .... negative cutter
Joe Violante .... coordinator: Technicolor
Harry Muller .... color timer (uncredited)
Ken Rubenfeld .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Music Department
Brian Bulman .... music editor
Greg Curry .... score recording engineer
Joe Delia .... score arranger
Joe Delia .... score producer
Frank Dickinson .... musician: drums
Mark Alan Duran .... consultant: temp music
James Flatto .... music editor: temp music
A.J. Lambert .... assistant to music supervisor
Ned Mann .... musician: bass
Tracy McKnight .... music supervisor
Gary Solomon .... score mixing engineer
Gary Solomon .... score recording engineer
Danny Toan .... musician: guitar
Jerry Vivino .... musician: saxophone
Transportation Department
Arthur Claunch .... driver: insert car (as Art Claunch)
Margaret Duran .... transportation & vehicles
Lindsay Elliott .... driver: honeywagon
Allan Esquibel .... transportation captain
Jesse Esquibel .... driver: cast
Jesse Gee .... transportation & vehicles
William Glass .... transportation & vehicles
Elizabeth Granite .... transportation & vehicles
Alan Hill .... transportation & vehicles
David James .... transportation & vehicles
Lindsay Knitter .... transportation & vehicles
Sid Mace .... transportation & vehicles
Robert Molitor .... mechanic (as Robert 'Bear' Molitor)
Duncan North .... transportation & vehicles
Eric Pope .... transportation & vehicles
Patrick Reynolds Sr. .... driver: insert car (as Pat Reynolds Sr.)
William Sauter .... transportation & vehicles: Sauter Toyota
Gloria Sharp .... transportation & vehicles
Bruce Simballa .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Tom Allen .... location
Tracy Armagost .... location
Cheron Bayna .... assistant location manager
David Bethel .... medic
Stephen Bloch .... production assistant
Susan H. Bodine .... legal consultant: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein LLP (as Susan Bodine)
Alyssa Brandt .... product placement assistant
Joanne Branyon-Ward .... location
Andrea F. Cannistraci .... legal consultant: Epstein, Levinsohn, Bodine, Hurwitz & Weinstein LLP (as Andrea Cannistraci)
Dennis Chavez .... stand-in: Mr. Logue
Cliff Cisneros .... location
Daniel Clavio .... location
Kelly Clement .... location
Jean Cole .... location
Rob Collins .... key production office assistant
David Dvirnar .... location
Lori Eakins .... production accountant
Doris Erhard .... location
Louis Erhard .... location
Tobin Espeset .... production assistant
Ryan Eustis .... production assistant
Lyn Gawron .... location (as Lynn Gawron)
Elizabeth Granite .... assistant: Ms. Goodman
Karen A. Harris .... product placement coordinator
Paul Horpedahl .... location
Beverly Hughes .... production office manager
Joanna Kennedy .... script supervisor
Perry Kessler .... location
Ernie Kolak .... production banking: First National Bank of Santa Fe
Linda Lombardo .... location
Ouida Macgregor .... location
Kathryn Madden .... location (as Kathy Madden)
Petra Maez .... location
Noah Markus .... pre-production office assistant
Claude Mason .... location
Jody Mason .... location
Bill McClain .... location
Ross Miller .... insurance: D.R. Reiff & Associates
Wendy Mockmore .... craft service manager
Alex Moore .... dailies assistant
Akua Murphy .... dailies assistant
Wayne Nichols .... location
John Norsrog .... location
Katheryn Norsrog .... location
Duncan North .... based on
Rich North .... location
Tobin Oldach .... key set production assistant
Dick Olson .... field representative: AHA
Ellen Osborne .... location manager
Susan Jane Parsons .... location
Jim Richardson .... location
Sol Rivera .... craft service manager
Bruce 'Steve' Robertson .... special consultant: Steve
Tim Romanin .... location (as Tim Romanik)
Wayne Sabato .... location
Teofilo Sanchez .... medic (as Teofilo 'Chito' Sanchez)
Wendy Schiller .... location
Rosalind Simpson .... location
Jonathon Slator .... location
Miles Standish .... location
Tonina Trischitta .... catering assistant: Walter Burke Catering Inc.
Teegen Trucksess .... location
Joey Turiciano .... location scout: UK
Nicholas Wartin .... location
Greg Webb .... location
Frank Werme .... location
Susie Whelpley .... animal handler: Red Sky Farm
Emma Wilcockson .... assistant: Mr. Bregman
Danny Wilding .... security: Angel Security
Roger Williams .... catering assistant: Walter Burke Catering Inc.
Ryland Witten-Smith .... location intern
Brad Woolbright .... location
Dylan Verrechia .... intern (uncredited)
Malaika Amon .... a multitude of thanks
John Anderson .... a multitude of thanks
Matt Azzarto .... a multitude of thanks
Glen Basner .... a multitude of thanks
Tristan Bennett .... a multitude of thanks (as Tris Bennett)
Jo Berman .... a multitude of thanks
Richard Blumenthal .... a multitude of thanks
Jackie Bolduc .... a multitude of thanks
Lisa Bruce .... a multitude of thanks
Anne Carey .... a multitude of thanks
Raquel Casillas .... a multitude of thanks
Tracy Conrad .... a multitude of thanks
Sloan Cunningham .... a multitude of thanks
Abby Davidson .... a multitude of thanks
Nancy Dickenson .... tremendous thanks
Sarah Christy Dickenson .... in loving memory of
Dan DiPrima .... a multitude of thanks
Sasha the Dog .... a multitude of thanks
Richard Edmonds .... a multitude of thanks
Georg Brandl Egloff .... a multitude of thanks (as George Brandl)
Heather Ehlers .... a multitude of thanks
Ruth Ehrenkranz .... a multitude of thanks
Mike Enrico .... a multitude of thanks
Doris Erhard .... a multitude of thanks
Louis Erhard .... a multitude of thanks
Jennifer Franklin .... a multitude of thanks
Bob Freemon .... a multitude of thanks
Lorraine Gallard .... a multitude of thanks
Sandy Gennaro .... a multitude of thanks
Liz Giamatti .... a multitude of thanks
Marilyn Goodman .... a multitude of thanks
Richard Goodman .... a multitude of thanks
Elizabeth Granite .... a multitude of thanks
Jone Hallmark .... a multitude of thanks
Paul Harty .... a multitude of thanks
Jon Hendry .... a multitude of thanks
Charles Herzfeld .... a multitude of thanks
John Hines .... a multitude of thanks
Roberta Hodes .... a multitude of thanks
Doug Hunt .... a multitude of thanks
Nina Jaroslaw .... a multitude of thanks
Jack Jason .... a multitude of thanks
Michael Johnson .... a multitude of thanks
Ross Katz .... a multitude of thanks
Lori Kistner .... a multitude of thanks
Todd Lawson LaTourrette .... a multitude of thanks (as Todd Latourette)
Jack Lechner .... a multitude of thanks
Liz Leshin .... a multitude of thanks
Sig Libowitz .... a multitude of thanks
David Linde .... a multitude of thanks
Colette Linnihan .... a multitude of thanks
Finn Logue .... a multitude of thanks
Teodoro Maniaci .... a multitude of thanks (as Teo Maniaci)
Ruth Martinez .... a multitude of thanks
Sam Maser .... a multitude of thanks
Dylan McCormick .... tremendous thanks
Patrick McDarrah .... a multitude of thanks
Carolyn McKnight .... a multitude of thanks
Ari Mellow .... a multitude of thanks
Alex Metcalf .... a multitude of thanks
Vytas Nagisetty .... a multitude of thanks
Balázs Nyari .... a multitude of thanks (as Balazs Nyari)
Hetakaisa Paarte .... a multitude of thanks
Katrina S. Pavlos .... a multitude of thanks (as Katrina Pavlos)
Stephanie Pena-Sy .... a multitude of thanks (as Stephanie Pena)
Victoria Picca .... a multitude of thanks
Emerson Pope .... a multitude of thanks
Eric Pope .... biggest thanks of all
Jeff Pope .... a multitude of thanks
Cindy Romero .... a multitude of thanks
James Rosenow .... a multitude of thanks
Laura Rosenthal .... a multitude of thanks
Danny Rubin .... a multitude of thanks
Liza Ryan .... a multitude of thanks
Melissa Ryan .... a multitude of thanks
James Schamus .... a multitude of thanks
Andrew Shea .... a multitude of thanks
Robert Sherwin .... a multitude of thanks (as Rob Sherwin)
Shinobi .... a multitude of thanks
Dayton Simmons .... a multitude of thanks
Lynne Spriggs .... a multitude of thanks
David Terry .... a multitude of thanks
Cybele Troyan .... a multitude of thanks
Daniel Trujillo .... a multitude of thanks
Kasey Walker .... a multitude of thanks
Robin Wiener .... a multitude of thanks
Vanessa Wingate .... a multitude of thanks
Robert Wyman .... a multitude of thanks (as Bob Wyman)
Scott Yoselow .... a multitude of thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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Rated R for language and some drug use
87 min | Germany:81 min (TV version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
Dex:[Dex, talking to his dog] Quit looking at me like that! You're acting like a co-dependant girlfriend!See more »
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29 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
The little black book of Taoism, 31 August 2000
Author: Shiva-11 from Vancouver, BC

The Tao of Steve: Casanova. Lothario. Stud. Whatever the moniker, everyone knows the type: a guy with stunning looks, a killer smile, lines that don't sound like come-ons, a silky smooth demeanor, an athletic build, whose only problem is deciding which women's numbers to cull from his rolodex. Why women gravitate towards these men is no big mystery. Why they are drawn to the Dexes of the world is.

Dex doesn't even cut it as "the average guy": an overweight, unkempt slacker, he teaches kindergarten, thinks pot is the breakfast of champions, spouts Taoist philosophy and sleeps around enough to be a mattress tester. His life creed is based upon the Steves: Austin, McGarret, McQueen… men who epitomized cool, weren't afraid to get roughed up, never pursued women and for whom things always worked out. His entire belief system is thrown into disarray when he meets Syd, a bright, headstrong opera set designer, with a flair with life and a sixth sense for B.S.. Suddenly Dex finds himself in the role of pursuer.

Good "relationship movies" are rare. Rarer still is finding one that approaches the subject from a male's perspective that isn't steeped in machismo and reeking of testosterone. Almost unheard of is to find the selfsame movie with a hilarious comedic tilt. Unlike "High Fidelity", the recent pre-midlife crisis movie which only skimmed the surface of relationships (but was a brilliant movie nonetheless), or "Autumn in New York" the shameless Rogue-sees-the-light-tear-jerker, "The Tao of Steve" is the thinking man's "About Last Night" - the intangible mixed with the right amount of brashness.

"Tao's" success is twofold: it boasts a tight, witty script - how many romantic comedies can you think of that are peppered with quotations from Lao Tzu? - and true to life characters. The "hero" is largely biographical, based on a friend of the director's who contributed heavily to the script. The Dexes of the world refuse to ascribe to the accepted maxim of relationships - men chase women get accepted/rejected, repeat if necessary. By adopting a calculated aloofness (not to be confused with jerks - we'll ignore the whole "Bad Boy Syndrome" discussion) they engender mystery and curiosity. Although it sounds ridiculous it actually works - I know two guys who could have been the model for Dex (I don't think there would be a strong reverse correlation however, as men generally don't understand signals- we're a bit thick that way…). Psychology and writing aside, the actors definitely bring the story to life.

Ottawa born Donal Logue, pulled a DeNiro, gaining 45-pounds for the role of Dex - now that's dedication to the craft. Having seen Logue previously only in bit parts - he has over thirty to his credit - I didn't think he could handle a lead. He quickly dismisses any doubts with his impeccable timing, both dramatic and comedic, which garnered him the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Logue creates a likable cad whose deviousness we both admire and despise, making his epiphany that much more enjoyable. Greer Goodman (in her first screen role) is an admirable foil as Syd, the woman who cuts through Dex's smokescreen and smashes his carefully cloistered world.

If you've grown tired of all that Hollywood has to offer, or more appropriately, what it fails to deliver, this may be the movie for you.

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