I saw this film when I was in Boston last weekend. Needless
to say, it isn't playing in Baton Rouge. Another difference is that
I watched The Tao of Steve at a theatre in Harvard Square and at
the end of the movie, about 90% of the audience stayed for the closing
credits! But, as usual, I digress. This movie is a perfect counterpoint
to High Fidelity, my other
favorite movie of the year. In High
Fidelity, John Cusack was trying to figure out how to have a relationship.
In The Tao Of Steve, Donal Logue has it all figured out. I
felt a whole lot of empathy for John Cusack's character who goes through
a lot of stuff that I went through. Steve is very different. I didn't
feel much like Steve at the beginning of this film but I have to say that,
by the end, I could identify very strongly with Steve's dilemma.
But since I'm a nice reviewer, I can't tell you what that dilemma is. What
I can tell you is that this is the story of a guy who can get any
woman he wants into bed even though he's a fat slob. His method,
of course, is The Tao of Steve. He has adapted various eastern
and western philosophies into a winning system for attracting women. But
he's never been in love so he is seen as cold and calculating. This is
fine, of course, until he really falls in love. Hence, the dilemma. The
Tao of Steve is a really nice little film. It is directed by Jenniphr
Goodman, and written by her roommate, Duncan North and her sister, Greer.
Greer Goodman who also stars as the woman that Steve finally falls for.
As we find out in the closing credits, this film is, " based on a story
by Duncan North, based on an idea by Duncan North, based on Duncan North."
Donal Logue is great as Steve. He's been knocking around a long time. He's
the kind of actor who when you see him, you say, gee, he looks familiar.
In the last ten years, he's appeared in supporting roles in such films
as Sneakers, Jerry
Maguire, Runaway Bride
and The Patriot. On the
other hand, this is Greer Goodman's first film after a career on the stage.
She is great also and there's a very nice chemistry between her and Logue.
And you really believe that a fat guy can pull some really good looking
babes. As another review pointed out, this could have been an awful movie
full of fat jokes starring someone like Chris Farley but it isn't. This
is a classic Indie film with a small budget, a good script, directing and
acting. This movie is going straight to my top ten list for the year. If
you live in a major metropolitan area, go see it now. If not, rent it as
soon as it comes out on video.