The Tao of Steve
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  • Just a great movie
    My wife & I limit ourselves to watching this once a year, just like Galaxy Quest. Two fundamentally perfect movies. ...more info
  • A 'Sleeper' Hit Movie I wound up buying
    If it weren't for the Mystery Method, I would not have heard of this film. Mystery mentions it in his book.

    Dex, a likable, overweight, smart slacker, develops a way with women. He calls it the TAO of Steve, modeled after Steve McQueen, Steve McGarrett, and Steve Austin, three men who never tried to get the girl, but always did. In addition, Dex preaches 1) Eliminate the Desire 2) Do Something Worthy In Her Presence 3) Be Gone. This TAO works well until he meets his match, Syd, one of his conquests in college. The problem is, he really likes her.

    This is what good story telling is all about. As many times as I watch this, I'm still entertained. It's funny, smart, and well acted.

    If you need 90 minutes or so to pass, this film will do it and make you smile....more info
  • Must see for any guy
    This movie is unheard of which is a shame. Everyone knows the guy that refuses to grow up...in this case it is Steve. This movie to appreciate requires two viewings, after which time you will fall in love with the movie and tell everyone you know about this unheard gem. This would make a good double feature with the Big Lobowski, which has a similar philosophical outlook on life. As a guy movie I get it 5 stars however if you intend to make this a date night movie be prepared to end up watching alone. ...more info
  • romantic and quirky
    This movie is what I consider "one of my friends", one I watch or have playing in the background often. It is quirky and romantic. It is just the type of movie graduates of St. John's College would make, you'll have to look into that college to see what I mean. One of its two campuses is in Santa Fe, NM. The landscape of Santa Fe is a character in the movie, it is beautiful. Much of the movie has the characters outdoors and you feel like you are there....more info
  • Funny!
    This movie is about 'Steves', a 30-something overweight ladie's man who can talk any woman into having relations with him by using "The Dao of Steve." Unfortunately, the Dao isn't working for the only woman that steve really wants.

    The Dao of Steve is a fun movie with characters that one can relate to.

    ...more info
  • Steve or Stu?
    This has got to be the best movie nobody has heard about. Dex and his friends have perfected what they call the "Tao of Steve" as a way of winning over one-night stands. They define every male basically as belonging to one of two categories:

    1. Steve. These are the guys you emulate by showing up, being excellent in a girl's presence, and getting the heck out. The way Dex describes it to one of his friends, men can only wait five minutes before hitting on a woman. Women, on the other hand, can wait ten minutes. So Steves wait it out so they become the chased, rather than chasing women and looking like fools.

    2. Stu. These are the fools. They come on way too strong to women. The only way they see action is through pressing a woman into it. No glory here. Dex names people like Gomer Pile as a-list Stus.

    The movie then shows how although Dex's rules are awesome for the single guy on the prowl, the [...] games don't work when you want to be honest and true to a girl you really care about. Dex pleasently breaks all of his own rules and looks noble doing it!

    The icing on this movie is that it is so incredibly true. If I were five years younger when I saw this movie, it probably would've changed my life. It also explains (somewhat) to my satisfaction why guys who have a girlfriend/fiancee/wife always seem to get hit on when they go out with their friends. It's because they don't give a rip about women, and that perplexes the fairer sex. Watch this movie, then admire your friends who are Steves and laugh at the Stus....more info

  • A STUDY IN GREEN AND ORANGE
    The southwest never looked so green...and orange in any movie. It makes you want to buy a ticket and leave today. A fun, engaging portrait of a slacker with soul, a heart and some hope for romance. Brings a smile to your face....more info
  • What do they know in Brooklyn
    The Tao of Steve is actually quite well written contrary to what the Brooklyn reviewer opines. This movie presents a nice contrast between the futility of serial sexual relationships and the human joy found in a relationship built on love, one in which the sex is icing on an already-delicious cake. Donal Logue is excellent and Greer Goodman is tres cool. Thumbs up!...more info
  • I want to be Steve McQueen
    After seeing this movie, my eyes have been opened. I loved this movie. Everyone who said it sucked is lying and deserves a kick .... This movie was nothing that I haven't seen before, but it was the delivery. Donal Logue (Dex) was amazing. From the moment he was on the screen till the end, I was cracking up. I thought it was beautifully written and although shot on a filmmaker's budget, it was still a great movie. It was one of those films that you watch when you've seen everything else - a breath of fresh air. Rent it, you'll love it. Remember, be a Steve, not a Stew....more info
  • Hilarious and Insightful Movie
    A must see-Donal Logue breathes hilarious and insightful life into this romantic comedy that studies the Tao of being cool and pulling chicks......more info
  • No Oscars, but great movie
    I actually bought this for my brother because he LOVES women and I love philosophy, so there you go. This movie has that 90's slacker independant feel. It's pretty simple, yet quite profound- as are most things that are great. I recommend this for anyone with a brother, father, friend (or yourself) that thinks dating is all about the conquest and not about the person....more info
  • Using Eastern Philosophy to justify the Slacker lifestyle
    Donal Logue (Sean Finnerty of Grounded For Life) plays a heavyweight ladies man who is well read in the classics particularly eastern philosophy which he uses to rationalize his lifestyle. He and his friends divide the world into Steve's (the cool guys) and Stu's (the gomers) and have some witty exchanges around this.
    Logue's character lives a stoner existence and is having an affair with a friend's wife until he inevitably meets the woman who changes his perspective and he falls in love.
    This is a very entertaining romantic comedy with several engaging characters and it is beautifully filmed in the Santa Fe area.
    Logue is believably shallow but still likeable in the lead role....more info
  • [two and a half stars] Hawai'i Five-0's Steve McGarrett gets re-immortalized in here...
    Vulgar, sloppy Donal Loge (last seen as
    complainer in Mel Gibson's film 'The Pa-
    triot', plays stoner and womanizing slouch,
    who happens to be kindergarten teacher (!!),
    who gets wake up call while trying to charm
    the pants (literally) off John Goodman's real
    life wife! He meets his match and learns a few
    things along the way. All-American Steve's get
    looked up to in here; especially Steve McGar-
    rett! Horay for that, otherwise this sort of
    dull film would get two star rating from moi!...more info
  • Excellent dating advice!
    This movie was one of the most honest, accurate portrayals of how to play the dating "game" I have ever seen. I liked it so much I bought it for my 15 year old son to give him pointers. Ignore the tacked on Hollywood ending....more info
  • How a slacker can win at dating
    Great movie about a guy so good at attracting women that he can get away with anything. The protagonist cobbles some eastern philosophy into the ultimate sales technique; a method of pushing the emotional buttons on women so that they want him. And he is so good at it that the other aspects of his life have been marooned (careerless, moneyless, overweight, disrespectful, etc.)

    It is a cute movie in a genre not known for coming up with something new, but he fortunately or unfortunately goes through an awakening into more of an adult character....more info
  • The Bible for Single Guys
    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. Basically, Dex falls in love and denounces the Tao, thus "changing" for his girl and giving us a "happily-ever-after" ending; girls in the audience might be tempted to believe that guys don't really embrace this womanizing, sexist view of life that basically disempowers them. Sadly, ladies, the Tao is very real and does not go away after true-love. It also reminds me that the film's core essense can only be understood by guys.

    Also, this "clean" ending isn't really needed, as the men in the film aren't all powerful, and the women aren't weak and clueless. In fact, the movie's charm comes from its character and contradictions, how Dex sometimes talks too much, how heis sometimes completely transparent, how Syd is herself not a towering temple of womanhood, either. Perhaps the Hollywood ending is there is remind us that a) the Tao can only get you so far, and b) there are somethings that the sexes will never understand about each other....more info

  • The Bible for Single Guys
    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. Basically, Dex falls in love and denounces the Tao, thus "changing" for his girl and giving us a "happily-ever-after" ending; girls in the audience might be tempted to believe that guys don't really embrace this womanizing, sexist view of life that basically disempowers them. Sadly, ladies, the Tao is very real and does not go away after true-love. It also reminds me that the film's core essense can only be understood by guys.

    Also, this "clean" ending isn't really needed, as the men in the film aren't all powerful, and the women aren't weak and clueless. In fact, the movie's charm comes from its character and contradictions, how Dex sometimes talks too much, how heis sometimes completely transparent, how Syd is herself not a towering temple of womanhood, either. Perhaps the Hollywood ending is there is remind us that a) the Tao can only get you so far, and b) there are somethings that the sexes will never understand about each other....more info

  • 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. This movie got them all. I particularly loved the fast, witty dialogue that cracked me up every five minutes or so. Yesterday while watching "Vanilla Sky" up to the dramatic scene when a jealous Cameron Diaz drove off the road with her boyfriend on a suicidal spin, I burst out laughing as it occurred to me that "The Tao of Steve" had a similar scene, only Donald Logue never acted like a hysterical Tom Cruise, he simply asked his jealous mistress (Ayelet Kaznelson), "Does this side have an air bag?".... No offense Cruise or Crowe fans.... I know the two movies have nothing else in common; my point is, "Vanilla Sky" -- with a huge budget plus all the hot stars and sophisticated special effects -- was nothing but a failed attempt at being "deep", while "The Tao of Steve", with no such attempt or ambition, clearly hit the jackpot....more info
  • 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. Maybe you have to be in your thirties to really catch the full flavor. Anyway, the characters were believable, the scenery gorgeous and the actors were brilliantly low-key and "real."...more info
  • 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 film enjoyable are the basics : good dialogue, good acting, good direction. "The Tao of Steve" has all of these elements, in addition to a fabulous, under used setting in the earth and sky elements which dominate the city of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

    Religious allusions are some of the most popular allusions in all of film and they are abundant in this one. Everything from Buddhism to Taoism to Nihlism to Catholicism is touched upon. It is all done with a degree of both cynicism and reverence. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the film is the intelligence of the writing. The script uses a group of well educated men in their early thirties to illustrate how concepts of ancient religions can be interspersed with ideas of pop culture and courtship in the twentieth century to create a way of life which leads one to the end they desire. Although this works for them for a time, eventually this idea is shown to lead one to what they believe they desire but to fulfill only the most basic of needs. The concept is eventually dismantled through character interaction and dialogue, some of the best examples of the two seen on film in recent years. Particularly impressive is the way the script has one character build up these ideas using the ideas of great writers, thinkers, and religious figures from the past while another character can strike them down with references which are just as literary and relevant. The most impressive part is that these intellectual debates never come off as pretentious, we never feel that the any of the characters are speaking over our heads. With all of the philosophical knowledge that is thrown at us Dex is still our everyman, Syd is still the girl we all had class with in college.

    The setting is integral to the story, and the cinematography works to convey the philosohpies which are being addressed. In Santa Fe houses work themselves into the landscape, at the opera Dex's shirt blends him into the scenery, everything in the film blends together and it helps to convey that everything in the world is interelated, no matter how important we think we are we're all a part of the whole. This intergral lesson is what Dex must learn to achieve his goal, and it is conveyed perfectly throughout the film through the cinematography.

    In reading the credits one can see the interelatedness of the people who produced this movie and the personal story that the screenwriter told through his script. Watching this film is like having your closest friends over for dinner, sharing your memories and stories of your current lives. The fact that it opens at a reunion is not an accident, and it carries that feeling of warmth, apprehension and coming home throughout. When I finished watching "The Tao of Steve" I wanted to hit rewind and watch the whole thing over again. It is rare that a film encapsulates a feeling of home and at the same time of such grand philosophical truths. But it is the familiarity of the characters which makes these truths and ideas easy to digest, and "The Tao of Steve" such a likeable, easy to watch, thought provoking film.

    This film reminded me of "Committed" starring Heather Graham in some ways, with similar settings, similar mystical themes and a feeling of redemption at the end. I would say that "The Tao of Steve" is a better film though because it tells the story in a much more simple, straightforward manner. There is no place in this film for a viewer to get lost, but when given deeper thought, there are incredible areas set up for the viewer to explore....more info

  • 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. Dex's Tao, stripped of its multi-cultural philosophical trappings, is simple--don't look interested and when they fall don't get involved. It is also, of course, bullbleep, which he naturally realizes just before the final credits roll. In other words, nothing new or particularly surprising emerges as we watch the developing romance of Dex and Syd. But, to throw my own philosophical shaggy dog into the mix, it is the journey not the end that matters and The Tao of Steve gives a good journey for your time. The dialogue is sharp, fast, and intelligent. Real people do talk like this. For example, when Dex and Syd have to commute together because Dex's motorcycle gives up the ghost, Syd puts together a spreadsheet of their not too congruent schedules and Dex quips, "How Marcia Brady of you." The Goodmans capture Dex's household of slacker buddies and their life style perfectly. Here I particularly liked the periodic trips to the roof to retrieve errant frisbees. The views of the Santa Fe area, most often shot as distant backdrops to ongoing scenes, are spectacular. Most important, perhaps, this movie is smart enough, unlike many other of the slacker genre (e.g. practically anything with Ethan Hawke or Christian Slater) not to take itself too seriously or claim to be more than what it is -- an fast-moving and witty entertainment....more info
  • 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 them, along with a typical dysfunctional i'll-be-miserable-without-you love story.i did like the characters,acting,and the scenery,so that's something.it's a pleasant movie to kill some time....more info
  • Aweso movie!
    This movie is great. It brings us a lot of memories about who we were and how stupid we were when young. It's one of those independent movies that never had a lot of fuss about it, but it's an awesome movie to have it and share with someone special. It's a movie that lifts up your spirits and makes you feel good after whatching it....more info
  • Engaging and smart...
    ...look at the world of dating from the perspective of philosophical man-child Dex. As played by Donald Logue, Dex is a likable slacker who's used his considerable intelligence to narrow dating down to an art form: The Tao Of Steve.

    His easy-going life includes joyful employment as a part-time teacher in a kindergarden, a cadre of admiring friends -- including a Tao trainee -- gorgeous country, and ample proof of just how well The Tao works in the collection of Dex-groupies. We should all have it so good, right? Well, not so fast. See, Dex is not the only smart one in this movie.

    Director Jenniphr Goodman and her sister and co-star, Greer Goodman, who wrote the script between them, have plenty of intelligent things to say and show as well. From the earthy tones of Santa Fe to the witty repartee and bulls-eye casting, this is one terrific and smart romantic-comedy.

    Oh, did I mention how much I liked the soundtrack? :o)...more info

  • nookie koan
    Before I begin, I should probably acknowledge that all that I understand about women, dating,
    relationships between men and women, and sex in general can comfortably be written on the the head
    of a pin with room left over for a whole passel of angels to dance upon. So my comments on a film
    whose main concern is the "Merry War" (Orwell's felicitous phrase) between men and women should
    be taken with an even larger grain of salt than usual.

    At any rate, in a film which sisters Jenniphr and Greer Goodman based on a friend (co-writer Duncan
    North), Donal Logue plays a slovenly, bong loving, philosophy major, who, now ten years out of
    college, is a kindergarten-teaching sybarite, whose improbable continued success at bedding women,
    including a friend's wife, makes him the philosopher king of his group of housemates and hangers-on.
    As such he expounds upon his method for hooking up with babes, a series of shallow, though amusing,
    maxims that he's dressed up as "The Tao of Steve". Named for a group of ultracool guys from the
    70s--Steve McGarrett (of Hawaii Five-O), Steve Austin (The Six Million Dollar Man), and the
    ultimate Steve, Steve McQueen--the Tao boils down to three rules to follow when pursuing women :

    (1) Eliminate your desire. (Which basically suggests that you pretend you aren't trying to get
    your hood waxed.)

    (2) Do something excellent in your target's presence. (Typically this might include playing pool
    in a barroom setting, but in Dex's case consists of showing off intellectually and being good
    with the kids he teaches.)

    (3) and, Retreat. (Prior generations would have called this "playing hard to get.")

    God only knows, if even he does, what makes certain men successful with women, but one thing is
    reasonably certain : it isn't the Tao of Steve. Instead, as both the time that Dex put into developing his
    theories and his obsession with sex tend to prove, it's really just a matter of effort and willingness.
    Persistence, to the exclusion of pride and decency, and the acceptance, of whatever's offered, those are
    the real keys. Dex, though he is charming in a roguish kind of way (in what should by all rights be a
    star-making turn by Logue), resembles the babe hounds we all know, or knew, in just that one way; for
    all his talk of desirelessness and retreat, he works really hard at scamming babes, to the point where he
    doesn't really have time for much else.

    That is until he meets Syd, a pretty, blonde, stage set designer, at their 10th college reunion and she
    proves maddeningly immune to his charms. At one point when he starts pontificating about Don Juan,
    she says that he :

    ...slept with thousands of women because he was afraid that he would never be loved by one.

    In his increasingly desperate pursuit of her, Dex pretty much ignores all of his own rules--his desire is
    manifest; he humiliates himself on a camping trip and gets beaten up by the cuckolded husband; and he
    is omnipresent--but still, inevitably, gets the girl. Holding her however proves to be far more difficult,
    particularly when she finds out about the Tao, and Dex is forced to choose between an adult
    relationship with a woman he loves, or a continuation of his rather infantile existence. You'll not have
    difficulty guessing which he chooses.

    All of this is exactly as predictable as it sounds in the retelling, but it somehow works. The film has a
    few things going for it. First, the script is intelligent and frequently funny, not in a pretentious and
    intellectual way, but in the manner of late night conversation around a beer tap. It may not hold
    together too well when exposed to the light of day, but it's amusing while it lasts. Second, there's
    Donal Logue. Dex is so cretinous that it is impossible to like him all of the time, or even much of the
    time, but Logue is so charming that it's equally hard to truly dislike him. Lurking beneath the layers of
    fat, the clouds of pot, the erudite facade, and the saccharine exterior, we sense there's a worthwhile
    fellow trapped within his own immaturity and selfishness. Third, the New Mexico setting and the
    excellent soundtrack help to give the film a strong and unusual identity, a distinctness that the
    somewhat overfamiliar story does not have.

    Finally though, what makes the film stand out is something that probably shouldn't, that it requires its
    main character to become a better person. The blockbusterization of Hollywood--which has largely
    substituted action and special effects for plot, dialogue, and character development--and the chicness of
    the independent industry--which has elevated snappy dialogue and sensational plots over all else--and
    the blanket of political correctness which has descended over both, have brought us to the point where
    the rarest of all things in the movies is a traditional moral tale like this one. How old-fashioned to
    offer us a movie where a smart but smarmy ladies man is transformed by the love of a good woman--it
    sounds more like a Rock Hudson/Doris Day vehicle than a Sundance entry, doesn't it?

    One social phenomenon that you'd like to think started beforehand but which has at least accelerated
    since the events of September 11th is the search for entertainment that's actually about something. The
    next time you're in the video store, and the concept of watching the latest explosion fest or inane
    comedy is unimaginable, try to find The Tao of Steve, it's well worth your effort.

    GRADE : B-...more info

  • Thank you
    I cant believe how much i love this movie. Any guy who wants to pick up chicks has to see this movie. I gaurentee that theses methods really do work. The funniest thing about this movie was the fact that it was so true. My girlfriend was in awe because of truth of the matter. throguh this movie i feel i understand womens labidos to an extent...more info
  • The only original element of this film was its setting in NM
    OK, stop me if you've heard this before, because I sure have. The Tao of Steve is a film about an overeducated, overconfident and underachieving thirtysomething who, unsatisfied with the world of easy women and modern-day relationships, decides to pursue a girl, who - gasp - actually rejects his romantic pursuits at first, then gives in to his charm (?) and despite a few rough spots, they find love...or do they? Original, right? The mood says "indie" but the plot reads as if it was written by a college freshman in Creative Writing 101 after plagarizing his textbook for a story idea.

    Unlike most romantic comedies in this vein where the hero is a lovable loser, the main character in this film is an actual loser - a loathsome jerk with few redeeming qualities. I would find it hard to believe that the audience can or would identify with the guy. He reminded me a bit of the Star Trek-loving owner of the comic book shop in "The Simpsons." The writer & director try to give the main character some of that indie film 'edginess' (see "Swingers") by having him quote one-liners about dating and modern-day relationships from Eastern philosophy, but they all come off as cliched and forced and are destined to be repeated in internet chat rooms and college campuses across America. Same with the fascination with 1970s lowbrow pop culture (OK, Steve McQueen was big in the 60s). C'mon, it was done almost 10 years before with the Brady Movie!

    (spoiler)

    This film is one string of formulas after another that have been done so many times, it's like southwest furniture and dream catchers hanging from endless rearview mirrors - enough already!...more info

  • Boring......
    I had heard a lot of good things about this movie. I thought it was going to be good, funny, look at dating. I was hoping for a regular guys kinda of swingers. Instead, well it was just plain boring. I really wanted to like this film. No such luck....more info
  • A bit rough, but still enjoyable
    The Tao of Steve lies firmly in the movie tradition of "irascible but lovable girl-scamming scamp grows up and falls in love". What sets it apart are its (flimsy) philosophical underpinnings, its unusual location (Santa Fe, which deserves a co-billing), and a hard-to-define "freshness" that characterizes the film, its leads, and its actors.

    "Viewer from Brooklyn" (below) pans the script and direction; and, indeed, both are clumsy. However, "viewer from Brooklyn" recommends that Jenniphr Goodman (director) attend film school -- ironically, he is clearly not aware that she graduated, with honors, from New York University's Graduate Film School.

    The main character, "Dex", is based strongly on the life and personality of the co-writer, Duncan North. North is a graduate of St. John's College (of both Santa Fe and Annapolis), a very unusual liberal arts college whose curriculum is based entirely on the so-called "Great Books" canon. (This reviewer is also an alum of the college.)

    SJC is never referred to directly, which is a pity because some information about Dex's unusual education -- and the social milieu that he's a part of as a result -- might have better explained Dex's unusually erudite and philosophically oriented world-view. Large ideas and significant quotes persist throughout the film (though almost always presented in a lighthearted manner), and there's no doubt that this will have an effect on how one views and enjoys this film. For many, it will seem insufferably pretentious.

    On the other hand, the college itself and its alumni might all be grateful for the lack of identification: Dex's erudition seems to be put exclusively to the task of cocktail-party (and poker party) chatter, intellectual sexual come-ons, and general puffery. Furthermore, the erudition seems all-too-shallow, as if Dex's primary source was the Reader's Digest version of Mortimer Adler's "Great Ideas". Whether this is representative of Duncan North himself, I don't know, but it certainly is not representative of the college or its alumni.

    The fact remains, however, that ultimately Dex's only real charm is his unabashedly childish (and very Taoist) love of being a kindergarten teacher. This part of Dex is perhaps the only evidence that there's a part of himself that is truly engaged with the world, that perhaps takes these great ideas earnestly and with good nature, and that there is, in the end, a reason for a woman to fall in love with him.

    All in all, "The Tao of Steve" is itself a gem-in-the-rough. It's a film of scattered pieces, some of which are attractive and valuable, others of which are fool's gold, (and still others of which are just plain old rocks). Like Dex, the film has within itself something beautiful and important to reveal, and yet cannot truly do so because of a certain preoccupation with superficiality due to the imperatives of insecurity. Expect Ms. Goodman's next film to be more self-assured....more info

  • All men should practice Taoism
    "The Tao of STeve" is a comedy in which, Dex(not STeve, so who is steve?), played by the hilarious Donal Logue(That taxi driver guy that used to be on MTV). He certainly doesn't fit the "romantic lead" like Richard Gere, but he does stand out. He's the type of guy us normal women would date seeing as Richard Gere would just be way out of our league. The title of the movie is based on the way Dex "gets" women to go for him, and "Steve" is for all the cool Steves, the coolest being STeve McQueen. He's trying to be cool, trying not to let these women know his ulterior motives or motive. This movie was very entertaining. Despite The brooklyn reviewer's opinion, I thought the movie was well written. It was like listening to any guy talk of his ways to get women whether it involves isms' or not. If you are looking for a modern day comedy, this is a good choice. It certainly worth the rental fee....more info