The Tao of Steve
is an American indie take on the slacker lothario and falls into the old familiar story: eternally adolescent man meets grown-up woman and is forced to face up to a life in which he has never taken an emotional risk or a life-changing plunge. In his college days, Dex (Donal Logue) was a slim, cool, smooth-talking ladies' man. A decade later, he's an overweight, underachieving kindergarten teacher, but he's honed his pick-up technique into a fine art--a mix of zen, tough-guy cool, and college philosophy he and his buddies call "the Tao of Steve", named after the manly triad of Steve Austin (aka the Six Million Dollar Man
), Steve McGarrett (Jack Lord's unflappable cop on Hawaii Five-0
), and the king of all Steves: Steve McQueen. Santa Fe is populated with his one-night stands, but then he runs into Syd (Greer Goodman), a smart, sexy ex-classmate with an arsenal of sharp retorts, at a college reunion.
Logue's easy charm and low-key confidence makes Dex an easy guy to like, and director Jenniphr Goodman (who co-wrote the script with Greer, her sister and star of the film) invests his lifestyle of leisure (mostly guys chatting about girls and trading pop culture references) with an offhanded naturalness. But neither is she oblivious to the holding pattern his life has taken. Sure, there's inevitability to this shaggy romance, but there's an undeniable pleasure in seeing the change in landscape of a familiar road. --Sean Axmaker, Amazon.com
Dex (Donal Logue) was known as Mr Popular in his college days, always getting the women and always confident with himself. Ten years later and Dex is an overweight, beer drinking kindergarten teacher, but still as confident as ever with the women. This is all down to the philosophy which Dex and his friends have developed out of Lao-tzu, Heidegger and Groucho Marx, a philosophy which grants the initiate the charm and charisma of Steve McQueen and guarantees success in dating. But when Dex meets former-classmate Syd (Greer Goodman) at their high-school reuinion, he sets out on a path which could change his whole approach to life.