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The Truth About Average Guys (2009)

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.

Directors:

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

Writers:

Jason W. Schaver (as Jason Schaver), Ken Gayton
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Cast

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 ... 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
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Storyline

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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Comedy

Certificate:

R
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$5,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

This was the 3rd attempt at making this film. The first attempt was back in the spring of 2006. The "Jason" on that attempt was very difficult to work with and halfway through production Jason W. Schaver fired him. The role was recast with Ken Gayton and reshot in the fall of 2006. That attempt was completed, but the lighting and sound (and some of the acting) were very bad. So in the summer of 2007 Ken and Jason rewrote the script and filmed it in the spring of 2008. See more »

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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 »

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Jason Lewis: Troy, I think I'm in love with her.
Troy: Of course you think you're in love with her. You just had sex with her.
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Comedy on a budget offers a few laugh
4 April 2010 | by SiamoisSee all my reviews

I was pleasantly surprised by this comedy, made on a micro budget (5 grands according to IMDb) by two guys. Ken Gayton and Jason Schaver are not only the two male leads in this flick but also wrote, produced and directed The Truth About Average Guys.

The limited means obviously show everywhere in the film but nonetheless, it offers several funny moments, some which are golden. The premise is nothing new. An average guy decides to get the attention of his dream girl with an elaborate lie, requiring the help of his best friend. Once the plan works, he must maintain the lie or risk losing her. The movie works because the treatment is often raw and very indie underneath the clichés.

Ken Gayton adequate as "the average dude", a classic underachiever with an ensemble of weird friends. I thought he was the weakest of the three leads and some of the characterization is just awkward. Better writing could have fleshed him out more which would have led to a much stronger film. A scene where he "rehearses" asking Katie on a date talking to himself in a mirror just makes you cringe because of its unbelievable nature. How can you properly act scenes that make no sense and no one can relate to? Yet overall, he does okay.

Jason Schaver plays the best friend and sidekick. I have no idea who this guy is but I wouldn't be surprised if he had done stand up comedy. Oozes natural comedic talent and timing and makes all the scenes he is in better. Unfortunately, sometimes the writing lets us down again when it tries to hard to be hilarious or outrageous. I'm thinking this movie will be a great calling card for Schaver to get small roles in comedies at the very least. He was the best actor on display here.

Erika Walter was a good casting choice as "the girl", mixing very well a hot, unattainable young professional vibe with some depth as a genuinely nice gal. Walter wouldn't work as just a "hot bimbo". It's the fact that she adds soul and personality to her character that makes us find her so damn gorgeous.

So the three leads are very solid choices overall. The basic characterization is there. It's just the delivery that sometimes leaves a lot to be desired. The micro budget doesn't help, of course. But that's why many indie productions will instead focus on pre-prod and go for more ad-lib dialogue. Here, the actors stuck mostly to their lines and it shows at times.

The writing is a mixed bag. I can't help but think this thing needed another pass. Then again, these guys didn't get the luxury of Hollywood writers, who get their "bad stuff" cut off in the editing room. Overall, I appreciated the raw approach, several of the jokes and many of the peripheral characters (TTAAG has an ambitiously large cast of quirky characters, considering its budget).

If there's something that disappointed me, it's how sometimes, I got the impression both writers took the easy way out. For instance, how the relationship between Troy and Stacy was "resolved" in a neat, Hollywood way. This kind of convenient resolution is what prevents characters like Troy from growing.

The worse aspect of the movie by far is the crappy editing. Again, one of our two jack-of- all-trades (in this case, Gayton) was in charge and it shows. It's just terrible and hurts the potential of many scenes. The rest of the direction is adequate considering the budget but these days, there,s no excuse for the poor editing.

Overall, you'll laugh a few times and be introduced to Gayton, Walter and Schaver. All three of which may have a bright future ahead of them. I do hope to see more of them, be it behind or in front of the camera.


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