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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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Jenniphr Goodman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donal Logue ... Dex
Ayelet Kaznelson Ayelet Kaznelson ... Beth
John Hines ... Ed
John Harrington Bland ... Priest
Jessica Gormley Jessica Gormley ... Gossipy Woman
Mercedes Herrero Mercedes Herrero ... Gossipy Woman
Cheryl Anne Jaroslaw Cheryl Anne Jaroslaw ... Gossipy Woman
Nina Jaroslaw Nina Jaroslaw ... Maggie
David Aaron Baker ... Rick
Dana Goodman Dana Goodman ... Julie
Greer Goodman ... Syd
Dave Bynum Dave Bynum ... Epperley Reunion Band: Bass
Matt Nader Matt Nader ... Epperley Reunion Band: Guitar and Vocals
Dave Terry Dave Terry ... Epperley Reunion Band - Vocals and Guitar
John Truskett 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?

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some drug use | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dex, der Frauenheld See more »

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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

When you first see Syd she's playing the drums. Watch closely and you'll see that the sound doesn't really match. See more »

Quotes

Dex: You couldn't resist my powerful penetrating stare, could you?
Syd: No, I wanted to tell you, you had a huge glob of guacamole on your shirt.
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Crazy Credits

Special Steve Consultant Bruce "Steve" Robertson See more »

Connections

Spoofs The Waltons (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Six Million Dollar Man
(1974)
Written and Performed by Oliver Nelson
Published by Universal/Duchess Music Corp. (BMI)
Courtesy of Universal Television
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I can't believe I sat through the whole movie
23 May 2001 | by snakepieSee all my reviews

The story goes about like this: a guy who gets lots of chicks meets a girl he really likes and she makes him realize that getting lots of chicks is not all it's cracked up to be so he changes his life (in about the blink of an eye) and gets the girl... happily ever after, the end. The plot is simple and unoriginal, which would be fine if the movie went any deeper than that. But it doesn't. Every character is a bad stereotype. Donal Logue plays Dex (the guy who gets lots of chicks) who acts much more like a whiny, latte-sipping wuss than the Steve McQueen-type he is made out to be. What makes this movie even more unwatchable is the soundtrack which is a cross between the background music of a soft-core porn flick and an episode of the Brady Bunch. A couple other things: I couldn't get over the pillow stuffed in Logue's shirt to make him look like a fat guy; also, if you're going to play a guy who plays frisbee golf every day, learn to throw a frisbee more than ten feet. Tao of Steve is a weak, half-hearted attempt at a romantic comedy that would barely give a warm fuzzy to a person whose goal for 2001 is to not miss the 'Friends' wedding. It would be a shame if Donal Logue's greatest achievement remains his early 90's portrayal of Jimmy the Cab Driver on MTV. Keep trying, man.


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