"We pursue that which retreats from us."
Extremely smart and philosophically aware 2000
film directed by Jenniphyr Goodman
and starring Donal Logue
as the charismatic Dex, a slightly obese man who, despite his weight, is very popular with women, largely due to his philosophy: the Tao
The philosophy operates on three principles:
- Eliminate your desires. If you're out with a girl and you're thinking about getting laid, you're dead in the water. A woman can smell an agenda.
- Do something excellent in her presence, therefore demonstrating your sexual worthiness.
- After you eliminate your desire and do something excellent, you must retreat. As Groucho Marx said, "Act like a woman can't join your club, and she'll do anything to get in."
In short: Be desireless, be excellent, be gone
The "Steve" the philosophy is named after is the quintessential guy who doesn't try to impress the ladies, and yet always gets the girl: Steve McGarrett, Steve Austin, and especially Steve McQueen. James Bond is a Steve. Michael Jordan is a Steve.
The philosophy extends itself from beyond the conjugal bed to the achievement of spiritual perfection within oneself. Well, maybe not spiritual perfection, but certainly a better sense of self-worth.
If you like this sort of thing, also check out The Knack... and How to Get it.
Donal Logue : Dex
Greer Goodman : Syd
James 'Kimo' Wills : Dave
Ayelet Kaznelson : Beth
David Aaron Baker : Rick
Nina Jaroslaw : Maggie
John Hines : Ed
John Harrington Bland : Priest
Selby Craig : Chris
Jessica Gormley : Gossipy woman
Craig D. Lafayette : Matt
Mercedes Herrero : Gossipy woman
Cheryl Anne Jaroslaw : Gossipy woman
Dana Goodman : Julie
Dave Bynum : Epperley reunion band: bass
Matt Nader : Epperley reunion band: guitar/vocals
Dave Terry : Epperley reunion band: vocals/guitar
John Truskett : Epperley reunion band: drums
Sue Cremin : Jill
Roxanne De Mien : Sarah
Jessica Bohan : Diane
Tristan Bennett : Tris
Duncan North : Duncan
Zak Garcia : Zak
Jacob Sanchez : Blonde card shark
Cira Sandoval : Vanessa
Shane Hamashige : Corey
Jeannie Bauder : Secretary
Nicholas Ballas : Doctor
Mataika Amon : Kinko's chick
Garland Hunter : Kelly
Matthew Hotsinpiller : Jeremy
Directed by Jenniphr Goodman
Written by Duncan North, Greer Goodman, and Jenniphr Goodman
Based on a story by Duncan North
Based on an idea by Duncan North
Based on Duncan North
(no, donfreenut, Steve Gutenberg is not a Steve)