Tao_steveIndie cult classic The Tao of Steve is showing over the next few days on IFC — perfect for our forecast rainy weekend here in the NorthEast.

I’ve always thought it was a great unknown date movie, along the lines of Chasing Amy or Kissing Jessica Stein (excellent script, great characters, very likable cast).

If you haven’t caught it yet, the film is a charming romantic comedy about the prolonged adolescence of a paunchy womanizing slacker named Dex. The "Tao" are Dex’s actual rules for how to seduce women, based upon the worldly wisdom of 3 famous Steves: McGarrett, Austin & McQueen.

Guys tend to love the first half of the movie (for obvious reasons); Its where the secrets of the Tao of Steve gets explained. The second act is all about why us guys have it so wrong. Its really a great date movie, but for your own sake, try not to whoop it up too much at an inopportune moment (trust me on this).

Indeed, let’s not kid ourselves — this is a chick flick. A rambunctious, charming rougue, an immature womanizing Man/Boy — a guy’s guy — ultimately gets broken and domesticated by love. Hence, why the missus will enjoy it, too. 

Tao is one of those flicks made so much better by a killer soundtrack (think Garden State or Desperado). Weird Triva: A song on the Tao soundtrack, Superman by Lazlo Bane, became the Scrub’s Theme Song.   

The closest thing in a mainstream Hollywood version of the Peter Pan syndrome is either the Jack Nicholson/Dianne Keaton vehicle, Something’s Gotta Give, or Matthew McConaughey Failure to Launch.

Neither of those are remotely as likable as the Tao of Steve

Enjoy!



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8 Responses to “The Tao of Steve”

  1. sport says:

    I LOVED that movie.

  2. Eclectic says:

    Well, okay… but if you’re wrong I’m a-gonna hold a grudge.

  3. jjr says:

    Barry, did you intentionally neglect to include the Steve’s last name? The thing that distinguishes this movie to me is the writing.

  4. The Tao refers to 3 Steves: Steve McGarrett, Steve Austin, Steve McQueen

  5. Mike B says:

    Does liking this movie make me a fat fatist?

  6. Mike B says:

    I think the closest comparable to Tao of Steve is Swingers, although Swingers is a much better movie IMHO.

    - They both deal with guys setting up rules for getting a girl.
    - They both came out within a few years of each other.
    - They both are low budget indies.
    - The lead character in both learns that rules aren’t the way to get the girl he should want in the end.

  7. Eclectic says:

    Fun movie… good music… thanks for the lead in.

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