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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.


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 ... 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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Release Date:

17 January 2009 (USA) See more »


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$5,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 concert montage "Troy" is wearing a green striped shirt, then later in the montage (while he's sleeping) he's wearing a white shirt with short blue sleeves. See more »


Stacy Banks: Troy, do you have a girlfriend?
Troy: I like boys, sorry.
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Unflinching, unfiltered humor
3 July 2009 | by rebadlerSee all my reviews

This clever comedy is "Sexual Perversity in Chicago" for the millennial set. Like that predecessor, it features raw dialogue about men and women and love and sex, with a challenging modern romance at its core.

During the all-guy scenes I felt like someone stumbling upon a secret primitive culture in their native habitat...a place far, far away from the female sphere where its natives try to figure out how to conquer that mysterious land. It's been done before but this film gave its male characters more freedom and more moments dedicated to their unfiltered, atavistic riffs.

There's much humor in how these "average guys" attempt to figure out how the navigate the land of Hot Chicks (a female sub-culture that is hilariously skewered in a memorable scene).

The story nicely balances the central romantic relationship with relationships among family and friends to provide a deeper well for drawing fresh laughs. It's fun and funny and kept me engaged. There are elements that overly sensitive people may find politically incorrect, but for me they enhance the unflinching, unprocessed style of humor that I like and that this film delivers in abundance.

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