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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.

Director:

Jenniphr Goodman
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

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:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Dave: I'M A TAOIST!
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Crazy Credits

Special Steve Consultant Bruce "Steve" Robertson See more »

Connections

References Gomer Pyle: USMC (1964) 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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incredibly literate truthful funny script supported by great acting
16 May 2002 | by mikel weisserSee all my reviews

no wonder this thing snagged donal logue top acting honors at the 2000 sundance festival, but i don't know what the better script could've been. this thing has it all: guy talk, girl talk, echoes and resonance, love and respect for all its characters, wit, poignancy, politics, uplift, a tremendous depth and breath of literary allusion, and a substantial dose of digestible philosophy from some of the greatest minds of world thought. seriously, this may be the first movie to quote Kirkegaard and george jetson in the same scene and make them both look wise. it's a movie about love, about wisdom, about fun, but mostly it's about learning real values and gaining all the rest through learning to be the best person you can be. that's a big load for such a funny film, but this one handles it all and then some. this doesn't mention the beautiful sets, the music (original, appropriate, and inventive, though probably the film's weakest suit)the cute kids and the celebration of contemporary gentle-souled hipster lifestyles. AND it's only 82 minutes long, you can almost fit it in on a lunch break but it will last you far longer than that. thanks so much to Greer and Jenniphr Goodman for their script and direction. from all us steve wannabes, but actual duncan north's of the world, thank you!


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