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THE TAO OF STEVE
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Donal Logue, Greer Goodman, Kimo Wills, Ayelet Kaznelson, David Aaron Baker, Nina Jaroslaw, John Hines, Selby Craig
Director: Jenniphr Goodman
USA: 88 mins
UK: 86 mins
USA Rated: R for language and some drug use
UK Certificate: 15 contains some strong language and moderate drug use
USA Release Date: 4 August 2000 (Limited Release - Los Angeles and New York)
UK Release Date: 2 March 2001
Set in Santa Fe, Dex (Donal Logue) and his friends have twisted the philosophies of Lao-tzu, Heidegger and Groucho Marx into a foolproof theory of dating -The Tao of Steve- which provides rule by rule guidelines for how to transform ordinary Joes into charismatic Steve McQueens.
10 years ago back in college, Dex was the big man on campus. Now he is an overweight kindergarten teacher attending the college reunion and immune to the shocked stares of the young women who were once his conquests. While trying to pick up the young bartender, he is struck by another woman, the gorgeous Syd (Greer Goodman), who rides motorcycles and designs sets for the Santa Fe Opera.
Through a series of circumstances, Syd and Dex are thrown together and he soon finds himself questioning his belief in all things Steve, even as he continues to be the ultimate Steve guru. As Dex falls in love with her, Syd appears immune to his charms....and with good reason. When the truth comes out, Dex is finally forced to confront the realities of his life: not in terms of conquests and image, but on the most fundamental emotional level.