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The Tao of Steve

Posted by miguel on 2004-04-06 11:45:24
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The Tao of Steve is a gem of a movie. A small, indie production which manages to somehow break one of the most fundamental laws of Moviedom: romantic comedies suck.

But there is no sucking to be found here, the story in the SUMMARIZERTRON 3000 is this: Santa Fe slacker Dex, who is slovenly, unambitious and overweight, is actually a highly calibrated poon magnet, having more women than he can handle.

He accomplishes this due to his outlook on life, based on philosophic, religious and cultural bullshit teachings. Dex seems to think that these teachings are personified in the uber-cool Steve of American pop culture: Steve Mcqueen, who is admittedly a pretty cool guy.

Here is the Tao of Steve: eliminate desire (women can smell desperation); do something excellent in her presence (but pretend you don't care she's watching); and retreat from her (women pursue that which eludes them).

So Dex's hedonistic/utilitarian smorgasbord of philosophies and American pop culture is used to justify his own laziness and moral failings (he loves to smoke weed!). He's sleeping with his friend's wife, but he dodges the guilt by paraphrasing St. Augustine ("Lord give me chastity and virtue... but not just yet.")

The dialogue and characters are sharp and true to life, and Dex, played by Ottawa's own Donal Logue (catch him in T.Vs ER!) is funny and awesome to watch, the best moments in the movie being anytime he is spouting off his jibberjabber and hanging out with friends.

Of course, this is a romantic comedy, so the story quickly degenerates into the usual trappings of this genre. He meets a woman he can't seduce named Syd, and as he unwittingly starts to fall for her (breaking his first rule), you slowly start to realize that GASP! all of his bullshit is just BOWLSHIT, and he acts this way to cover up for all his insecurities. Do you think he gets the girl in the end?

But I still recommend this for a rental anytime you're not sure of what to get and My Best Friends Wedding is becoming an appealing option.


1. Dex starts out the day by smoking a couple of bowls, before he heads out to his job as a Kindergarden teacher.

2. The scene where he sprays whipcream into his dogs mouth is awesome! The Dog just fucking loves it!

3.the last 3 are going to be quotes, just so you have a taste of how crunk the dialogue is-

You have so many great books.
Dex: [Mumbling] The better to seduce you with.
Julie: What?
Dex: The better to deduce the truth with.

4. Dex: Look at me. Look at me, okay? Technically, I shouldn't be getting laid, but I do. And do you know why, Dave? Because when I'm hanging out with a woman, that's all I'm doing is hanging out, talking, listening. I'm not sitting there thinking about how to get in bed with her. And this completely confuses them because they're saying "Wait a minute. I'm so much better looking than this guy. Isn't he attracted to me?" The basic principle: We pursue that which retreats from us.

5.Dex: Doing stuff is overrated. Like Hitler. He did a lot. But don't we all wish he woulda just stayed home and gotten stoned?
Syd: Oh, I see. So you're only options are to get stoned or commit genocide?

And these arent even the best!

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