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The Truth About Average Guys (2009)

R | | Comedy | 17 January 2009 (USA)
An insecure man has his dimwitted actor friend pose as his mentally challenged brother in order to get to know a beautiful co-worker who has a mentally challenged sister.


Ken Gayton (co-director), Jason W. Schaver (co-director) (as Jason Schaver)


Jason W. Schaver (as Jason Schaver), Ken Gayton
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Credited cast:
Ken Gayton Ken Gayton ... Jason Lewis
Jason W. Schaver Jason W. Schaver ... Troy (as Jason Schaver)
Erika Walter ... Katie Banks
Adam Breske Adam Breske ... Josh
Alyssa Roehrenbeck ... Erica
Esther Claire Esther Claire ... Denise
Kimberley Hellem Kimberley Hellem ... Stacy Banks
Tony Bozzuto Tony Bozzuto ... Dave
Jonathan Biver ... Ed
Chris Kossen Chris Kossen ... Trey
Barry Kidd Barry Kidd ... Stewart
Richard Renik Richard Renik ... Stepfather
Walt Sloan ... Jerry
Rachel Brosnahan ... Molly
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Holly Barhorst Holly Barhorst ... Clothing Store Patron


An insecure man has his dimwitted actor friend pose as his mentally challenged brother in order to get to know a beautiful co-worker who has a mentally challenged sister.

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A Politically Incorrect Comedy With Heart See more »





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Erika Walter loved the script so much that she flew down from Canada (on her dime) to live in Chicago for two months while filming. She was paid $1100 to play the role of "Katie Banks", but easily spent more than that while living in The Windy City. See more »


In the kitchen scene where Katie and Jason are discussing going out on their first "real date" the time on the microwave says 7:43 when it starts and says 7:52 when it ends. This conversation actually takes 1-2 minutes. See more »


Katie Banks: What about your parents?
Jason Lewis: My dad's a recovering alcoholic, he can barely take care of himself.
Katie Banks: What about your mom?
Jason Lewis: My mom doesn't have arms.
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Judd Apatow's Indie Cousin
1 April 2010 | by dfeenzSee all my reviews

As long as you are not easily offended (and if you are, you are likely missing out on a ton of great comedy), this movie will definitely tickle your funny bone. It's like a super-amateur production of a Judd Apatow type movie. The best part is, the miniscule budget very rarely hurts the movie because the script is filled with hilarious interplay and dialog, so even shoddy acting, lighting and cinematography can't bring it down! It's not just "good for it's budget," it's just good. It's squarely aimed at guys in their mid twenties, and it makes the most of its one-joke premise by not making the faux-retardation scheme the actual focal point of the movie. Rather, the main character's relatable group of friends, combined with awkward interplay between male and female, and a playful, almost surreal tone, is where the movie really succeeds. While it is most definitely a stupid movie with a stupid title, "The Truth About Average Guys" is an absolute treat and if it had bigger names and a bigger budget, it would have been a hit that could sit comfortably in cineplexes alongside such movies as "Knocked Up" and "The 40 Year Old Virgin."

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17 January 2009 (USA) See more »


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$5,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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