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Jenniphr Goodman's literate, offbeat romantic comedy The Tao of Steve comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the cast and crew, trailers, talent files, and a weblink. This is a solid release of a wonderful little ...
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Jenniphr Goodman's literate, offbeat romantic comedy The Tao of Steve comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by the cast and crew, trailers, talent files, and a weblink. This is a solid release of a wonderful little seen film from Columbia/TriStar.
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DVD includes cast and crew commentary; theatrical trailers; talent files; and a direct Weblink featuring "The Steve Test."
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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Scoring with women is simply a matter of feigning non-interest, casually demonstrating excellence wherever convenient, and beating a hasty retreat once the C-word "commitment" is uttered. That’s the philosophy espoused by Dex, the overweight, underachieving, and strangely charismatic protagonist of The Tao of Steve, a stylishly written comedy directed with deceptive simplicity and acted with easygoing charm. Erstwhile character actor Donal Logue makes the most of his first starring role, and Greer Goodman who cowrote the script with her sister Jenniphr, the film’s director is remarkably assured as one of Dex’s conquests, an opera-company set designer visiting his friends. The Goodmans stubbornly resist any temptation to hew to romantic-comedy conventions: The story proceeds along unorthodox lines, and its outcome isn’t easily determined. The actors toss off their generally witty lines in a relaxed, breezy manner, and the characterizations are sharply drawn. Although it initially ladles out generous helpings of irony and cynicism, The Tao of Steve will ultimately leave you feeling warm and fuzzy all over. The Goodman sisters and Logue participate in a commentary for the DVD version, which also includes talent files, a theatrical trailer, and a web link to "The Steve Test."
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
A massively charming and intelligent film that is tailor-made for its low budget and independent milieu, The Tao of Steve launched the career of character actor Donal Logue to a new level. In her directorial debut, Jenniphr Goodman maintains the integrity of an artistic high-wire act, sympathetically presenting a main character who is staggeringly selfish, smug, and manipulative -- but who's also skating by on loads of witty appeal. That Dex (Logue) remains likable and interesting despite his negative qualities is a measure of Goodman's skill as a co-writer and director. Without the skepticism she brings to the proceedings and the careful revelations that Dex is slyly self-deluded, audiences would reject rather than embrace him. Like many other indie projects, particularly those from Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, Goodman's romantic comedy contains heavy doses of postmodern irony and media-obsessed cultural observations. Also starring Greer Goodman, the director's sister, Taowas co-written by Duncan North, the Goodmans' friend and real-life model for Dex. A film festival hit, Tao was also subsequently developed as a possible television series.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/20/2001
  • UPC: 043396056640
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:27:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Donal Logue Dex
Greer Goodman
Nina Jaroslaw
Kimo Wills
Technical Credits
Jenniphr Goodman Director, Screenwriter
Nicole Arbusto Casting
Birgitta Bjerke Costumes/Costume Designer
Joe Delia Score Composer
Mark Duran Art Director
Sarah Gartner Editor
Ted Hope Executive Producer
Teodoro Maniaci Cinematographer
Tracy McKnight Musical Direction/Supervision
Duncan North Screenwriter
Kelly Oxford Sound/Sound Designer
Rosario Provenza Production Designer
Anton Walpole Co-producer
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Scene Index

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1. Start [6:59]
2. Syd [1:44]
3. "Peanut Butter" [1:08]
4. First Rule of Steve [4:00]
5. Truck schedule [2:49]
6. Mango Mahi Mahi [1:06]
7. Qualities in a woman [1:57]
8. 7:30 Sharp [4:32]
9. Second Rule of Steve [3:58]
10. Don Giovanni complex [3:38]
11. Home early [1:30]
12. The ultimate Steve [4:04]
13. Third Rule of Steve [4:05]
14. Pool party [4:21]
15. Solace in contempt [3:38]
16. Lao Tzu [1:51]
17. Ulterior motive? [1:50]
18. "I love camping." [4:16]
19. America's state religion [1:38]
20. Shelter from the storm [3:49]
21. Good news/bad news [3:28]
22. "Ed hit me." [3:42]
23. Non-nudity idea [1:17]
24. Grappling with the moment [2:07]
25. Leaving in three days [2:06]
26. Special of the Day [2:50]
27. "I left Ed." [3:06]
28. Person-to-person call [5:17]
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      Jenniphr Goodman
      Donal Logue
   Theatrical Trailers
      The Tao Of Steve
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      Jerry Maguire
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Finally, a smart comedy!

    This is a great movie, especially if you are one of those people who occasionally like to bring your personal life into the semi-intellectual debate. The characters are very relateable and all the actors play their roles convincingly. Logue's character of Dex is likeable despite his flaws, and will most likely remind you of someone you knew in high school or college-only ten years or so later.... I look forward to seeing this screenwriter/director's work again in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This was a brilliant comedy!

    This is a very witty comedy wherein two former philosophy majors spar with one another as Dex practices distilling all the philosophy from human history down to a successful means of ''getting laid''. In this case, however, she's read the same books he has. This is my FAVOURITE movie of all time - great script and great direction. I laughed so hard that I cried several times!

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