The Tao of Steve (2000)
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Critic Reviews for The Tao of Steve
One of the things I like about the movie is the wit of its dialogue, the way sentences and conversations coil with confidence up to a conclusion that is totally unexpected.
Turns from interesting character study to wan romantic comedy.
Though employing an utterly conventional romantic design, it tweaks the formula sufficiently...to come across as charmingly distinctive rather than tiredly imitative.
I cannot believe this movie didn't make a boatload of money.
Audience Reviews for The Tao of Steve
A different kind of romcom, but a romcom nonetheless, about the pairing of a slacker by choice with the forgotten woman from his college days who got away. Interesting dialogue, but ...
Above average comedy with an original script. Movie has a lot of philosophical references and humor which is central to the protagonist's essence, using philosophy and knowledge to sleep with women. Downfalls of the movie are casting, some of the acting is bad but the lead actor from Grounded for Life delivers. Shot in New Mexico which makes the settings more interesting and open. Good overall film.
This is the story of Dex --a once hot, now overweight, out of shape, smart but totally without ambition, ladies man who is still picking up chicks with his philosophy called the Tao of Steve. But he meets up with one woman at a college reunion who doesn't fall for his smooth lines, which makes him want her even more. It's familiar ground, but Donal Logue as Dex does a good job at making Dex seem both sympathetic and a total jerk. He seems a natural for the role, like he might actually live his life like this. I liked this a lot, and hated it too. Why? Because I found Dex funny and charming and smart, and I can see my stupid ass falling for all the tricks of the trade Dex uses to get women. All his speeches on philosophy could stir my libido as well as my brain. But I hope my common sense would eventually kick in and I'd tell his cocky, underachieving self to take a hike.
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