The Bet (2016) A loser in life and love, Denton Baker (Alex Klein) gets into an absurd but high stakes bet where he has one summer to find, and hook up with, every girl he had a crush on from 1st to 12th grade.
Actor: Alex Klein, Brian Allen, Amanda Clayton
Director: Ryan Ederer
Country: United States
Duration: 88 min
A loser in life and love, Denton Baker (Alex Klein) gets into a high stakes bet where he has one summer to find, and hook up with, every girl he had a crush on from 1st to 12th grade. If he succeeds, he can win back the company that his father, Mr. Baker (Dallas Page) had stolen from him by a former friend, Mr. Lucas (Jake Roberts). With the help of his well meaning but overzealous best friends, Jackson Price (Brian Allen), Ed McDoogle (Yassir Lester) and Wiggins (Jeremiah Watkins), Denton sets out to win the bet which becomes even more difficult to do when he falls in love with his 2nd grade crush, Amanda Morrison (Amanda Clayton).
The Bet was written by Chris Jay and Aaron Goldberg, members of the rock band, Army of Freshmen. The script was inspired by their own experience in searching out and meeting girls that they once had crushes on in school. They enlisted Reza Riazi who had worked on one of the band’s previous videos to produce the film. A lifelong wrestling fan, Jay personally sought out and met with Roddy Piper whose involvement ultimately led to Dallas Page and Jake Roberts joining the film. The rest of the cast was rounded out by actors and comedians, many of whom were personal friends of the filmmakers. 
The Bet was filmed entirely in the city of Ventura, California over 13 days in January and February of 2014. Many of the locations used have direct connections to Jay and Goldberg including both of their actual homes, the office where Jay worked, the video store where both Jay and Goldberg had worked at in the past and the city park where their softball team played. 
The Bet features several original comedy songs written by Jay and Goldberg as well songs from a diverse group of artists including Matt Pryor of The Get Up Kids, Victor Krummenacher of Camper Van Beethoven, Zebrahead, Punchline, Jonny Polonsky, The K.G.B., Kyle, Phil Cody and Army of Freshmen. A soundtrack is scheduled for a summer of 2016 release. 
After completion of post production, The Bet received offers from multiple independent film distribution companies, ultimately signing with Screen Media Films in March 2016. The film’s first trailer was released on May 3, 2016, and the film was released on July 26, 2016 on all digital VOD platforms.