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Knuckle Draggers (2009)

"Knuckle Draggers" takes a realistic, but comic look at how the behaviors of men and women have evolved very little since the caveman times. When Ethan, the needy nice guy, is dumped by his... See full summary »


Alex Ranarivelo


Alex Ranarivelo
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ross McCall ... Ethan
Paul J. Alessi ... Kyle
Amie Barsky ... Patricia
Omar Gooding ... Russell
Danielle Nicolet ... Renee
Justin Baldoni ... Gavin
Jennifer Alden ... Heather
Serah D'Laine ... Erica
Brandon Ray Olive ... Matteo (as Brandon Olive)
Lisa Waltz ... Stacy the Producer
Jillian Murray ... Amy
Parisa Fitz-Henley ... Syra
Karrie MacLaine ... Angela
Ashley A. Schultz Ashley A. Schultz ... Pam
James D. Owens ... Edward


"Knuckle Draggers" takes a realistic, but comic look at how the behaviors of men and women have evolved very little since the caveman times. When Ethan, the needy nice guy, is dumped by his fiancee, he asks his misogynist older brother Kyle to help him win her back. Kyle tries to teach Ethan how to act like "a real man" and to never put a woman on a pedestal. Repulsed by his brother's harsh views on how to treat women, Ethan ignores his advice and ventures out into the dating world, where he slowly realizes that everything Kyle says seems to be true. Written by Alex Ranarivelo

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After the girl of his dreams dumps him, a nice guy (Ethan) recruits his misogynist brother (Kyle) to help him win her back. See more »


Comedy | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and sexual content


Official Sites:

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Release Date:

26 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Knuckle Draggers See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »


Box Office


$620,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Pam: So you think that we, we came from apes?
Kyle: Well I don't know about you honey, but I sure did.
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Amazingly honest movie that is well worth watching
13 February 2013 | by crash_jade13See all my reviews

I just got to see this movie last night after pre-ordering it and absolutely love it.

It's very much not a typical romantic comedy which is probably why I like it so much. It states some things bluntly that most people will not want to admit are true, yet we all know they are.

All the cast did a great job; Ross McCall and Paul Alessi were very convincing as brothers with the outwardly macho attitude with each other, but there's the little things they each do that shows their brotherly love.

I also loved Danielle Nicolet and Omar Gooding. Their portrayal of a married couple going through a rocky bit was so well done that I was actually talking to the screen hoping they'd hear me and stop fighting.

Paul did an amazing job as the older brother coaching his younger brother on how to 'properly date women'. His character, Kyle, was definitely the stand out and my favorite; with Amie Barsky's character of Patricia a close second because of her strength and great way of speaking her mind.

This is one of the most honest and real romantic comedies that I've seen and I only have a few in my collection. I'm proud to say this has passed the test and I'm so glad this finally became available.

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