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The Tao of Steve (Sous-titres français)

Donal Logue , Ayelet Kaznelson , Jenniphr Goodman    DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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In his college days Dex (Donal Logue) was a slim, cool, smooth-talking ladies' man. A decade later he's an overweight, underachieving kindergarten teacher, but he's honed his pick-up technique into a way of life--a mix of zen, tough-guy cool, and college philosophy he and his buddies call "the Tao of Steve," named after the manly triad of Steve Austin (a.k.a. the Six Million Dollar Man), Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord's unflappable cop on Hawaii Five-0), and the king of all Steves: Steve McQueen. Santa Fe is populated with his one-night stands, but then he runs into Syd (Greer Goodman), a smart, sexy old classmate with an arsenal of sharp retorts, at a college reunion.

This American indie take on the slacker lothario falls into the old familiar story: eternally adolescent man meets grown-up woman and is forced to face up to a life in which he has never taken an emotional risk or a life-changing plunge. Logue's easy charm and low-key confidence makes Dex an easy guy to like, and director Jenniphr Goodman (who cowrote the script with Greer, her sister and star of the film) invests his lifestyle of leisure (mostly guys chatting about girls and trading pop culture references) with an offhanded naturalness. But neither is she oblivious to the holding pattern his life has taken. Sure, there's an inevitability to this shaggy romance, but there's an undeniable pleasure in seeing the change in the landscape of a familiar road. --Sean Axmaker


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5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favorites Jan. 5 2004
Format:DVD
Great moive. Excellent (not too well known) cast. Really enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Tao of Syeve Nov. 12 2003
Format:DVD
I saw this movie for the second time last night and I was struck by a curious symmetry that totally escaped me the first time. While the core of the movie revolves around the simplistic Taoist rules for getting women employed by the hero, Dex, and their apparent destruction at the hands of "true love" with heroine Syd, there is a curious twist that actually reinforces the Tao of Steve.
MAJOR SPOILER FOLLOWS.......
Consider the actions of Syd. She:
1) loses her desire for Dex. (10 years of loathing after their one night stand took their toll.)
2) shows her excellence in his precense (playing the drums, remember?)
and, then after an hour of screen time full of assorted machinations, she:
3) splits for New York!
So the _real_ message is that the Tao of Steve can not only work for overweight men, but for women as well.
In my view these characters had a long way to go before really falling in love and, in many respects, the movie ends just as the real story about that potential love is about to begin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Are you a Steve or a Stu? Dec 12 2002
Format:DVD
The main character of this film is not Steve, but Dex -- an overweight, intellectual, thirtysomething single guy with one philosophy in life: be like Steve. The TAO of the title refers to the attitude of Steve McQueen and other cool, famous Steves, with regards to getting women. So far it's worked for Dex, but when he runs into an old college acquaintance at a reunion, he may have finally found someone immune to the Tao of Steve.
Dex is played by Donal Logue, from the very funny sitcom GROUNDED FOR LIFE. He's charismatic and likable despite flaws (who hasn't got them, after all?) Much of the rest of the cast is composed of friends and family of the director/co-writer, which gives the movie a natural, unscripted feel. The story is based on the real life experiences of Duncan North, who also co-wrote the film. It's a romantic comedy, but with the freshness that indie films seem so much more capable of than Hollywood productions. It's light; it won't have you on the floor with laughter, nor will it touch you deeply, but it is a wholly enjoyable little film, and one which I would recommend.
The DVD contains a commentary track by the director, co-writer, and the two leads, and is casual and interesting. You'll learn about the man behind the movie, and it is worth checking out as well.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Wait a second. Oct. 11 2002
Format:DVD
Viewer from Wisconsin - you thought it was about golf? What the? I'm not sure what's more worrying: the opinions of people giving you movie advice or the fact that you just blindly purchase DVDs that might be about golf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible for Single Guys Oct. 9 2002
Format:DVD
The Tao of Steve is one of those rare movies that truthfully captures the essense of modern life, or in this case, modern single-guy life. I could tell you every plot detail, every bit of dialog in this film, and I still couldn't ruin it. It expresses and confirms many of those common, unspoken things that you knew were there all along. Girls will watch the film in disbelieve, while their boyfriends are quietly taking notes.
The title doesn't refer to any one character in the movie, but rather the mystique of the quintiessential American Guy (aka, "Steve") who is cool and hip and gets all the girls without even trying. Main character Dex is the embodyment of the Tao, as he has many, many beautiful girlfriends despite being rather portly, unkept, and a loser in professional life. Sheer personality and cunning allow Dex to figure out women and win their affection (or specifically, to have sex with them). The film's plot revolves around his (successful) struggle to win one non-responsive girl in particular (named Syd), and also explain to his guy friends how the master gets the job done.
The rules of the Tao of Steve are simple yet easily misunderstood, and the film does a great job of fleshing them out into something real and concrete. Dex's "conquest" of Syd is especially fun to watch because it realistically twists and turns throughout the movie, and you'll appriciate the "dorky guy" character who, while watching from the sidelines, asks all the stupid "what if" questions you've ever wanted answered.
I was amused that the ending was so obviously sanitized for the ladies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bible for Single Guys Oct. 9 2002
Format:DVD
The Tao of Steve is one of those rare movies that truthfully captures the essense of modern life, or in this case, modern single-guy life. I could tell you every plot detail, every bit of dialog in this film, and I still couldn't ruin it. It expresses and confirms many of those common, unspoken things that you knew were there all along. Girls will watch the film in disbelieve, while their boyfriends are quietly taking notes.
The title doesn't refer to any one character in the movie, but rather the mystique of the quintiessential American Guy (aka, "Steve") who is cool and hip and gets all the girls without even trying. Main character Dex is the embodyment of the Tao, as he has many, many beautiful girlfriends despite being rather portly, unkept, and a loser in professional life. Sheer personality and cunning allow Dex to figure out women and win their affection (or specifically, to have sex with them). The film's plot revolves around his (successful) struggle to win one non-responsive girl in particular (named Syd), and also explain to his guy friends how the master gets the job done.
The rules of the Tao of Steve are simple yet easily misunderstood, and the film does a great job of fleshing them out into something real and concrete. Dex's "conquest" of Syd is especially fun to watch because it realistically twists and turns throughout the movie, and you'll appriciate the "dorky guy" character who, while watching from the sidelines, asks all the stupid "what if" questions you've ever wanted answered.
I was amused that the ending was so obviously sanitized for the ladies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a blast!
I fully agree with another reviewer that, due to low budget, what would make an independent film enjoyable if not the basics: good dialogue, good acting, good direction. Read more
Published on July 21 2002 by "peterdao"
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I had heard this movie featured disc golf (that's FRISBEE) and was happy to see this game included and wanted more. But this movie is not "about" disc golf. It's about . . . Read more
Published on June 28 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining flick with great dialogue!
This is a really great movie that keeps you laughing and gets you thinking. I see from previous reviews that some critics were harsh and I cannot understand why. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophy with friends
One of the great things about an enjoyable independent film is that because of the nature of the beast (budgetary restraints) you can usually expect that the things which make the... Read more
Published on May 11 2002 by ANDY COLE
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart and Funny Twist to An Eternal Theme
A running time of under 90 minutes is perfect for this new take on the oft-played slacker meets love theme. Read more
Published on Jan. 1 2002 by James Carragher
2.0 out of 5 stars something to pass the time
i guess i was expecting the cinematic equivalent of -the tao of pooh-, which this is not. silly me.this is basically another movie about what men do to get women to have sex with... Read more
Published on Dec 25 2001 by diane bluegreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Aweso movie!
This movie is great. It brings us a lot of memories about who we were and how stupid we were when young. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2001 by Darcy
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