Movie Review by Nigel A. Messenger
Starring: Donal Logue, Greer Goodman
Director: Jenniphr Goodman
Dex (Donal Logue) is a thirty-something kindergarten teacher. He’s a nice guy, very laid back, very intelligent, but a total under achiever and he’s fat. He didn’t used to be like this. At college he was every girls’ dream, the guy most likely to succeed, especially with women and that’s the thing, he still succeeds with women, almost any woman he wants and he doesn’t even seem to try! So why, what’s his secret? That’s THE TAO OF STEVE.
Until his college reunion that is, when he meets Syd (Greer Goodman), a girl he used to date but he just doesn’t remember. It turns out that Syd is a house guest of his best friend and through unplanned circumstances he is forced into a few weeks of car sharing with Syd and it’s not too long until he realises he has fallen in love with the one woman who seems unsusceptible to his charms.
No matter how much he uses his mastery of THE TAO OF STEVE he seems to be out of luck and he begins to question the whole concept of the way he lives his life.
The movie is a romantic comedy, as laid back in its nature as the central character Dex is in the story. It’s not a laugh a minute slapstick pie-in-your face kind of movie, it’s gentler and slower paced but funny when it’s supposed to be. The concept THE TAO OF STEVE is a method of picking up girls without trying and ‘STEVE’ is not a real person but the idea that ‘STEVE McGarratt’ of Hawaii 5-0 and ‘STEVE Austin’ of The Six Million Dollar Man (two 1970’s TV series) plus ‘STEVE McQueen’ as he portrayed his characters in all his movies, never had to try to get the girl, the girls were just attracted to them like magnets. The TAO therefore in this instance is the method of these ultimate babe-magnets who all happen to be called STEVE. Make sense? Well it will if you see the movie, and you should see it. It’s light entertainment but it’s very well done.