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“The Cable Guy”

Average salary for a cable installer: $34,000

The 1996 movie “The Cable Guy” stars Jim Carrey as a mentally unbalanced cable installer. He becomes uncomfortably chummy with a customer played by Matthew Broderick, and his efforts to foster camaraderie include taking Broderick to the Medieval Times dinner theater.

Real-life cable installers make an average annual salary of $34,000, according to the job search site Indeed.com. Dinner for two in good seats costs $128.30 at the Lyndhurst, N.J., Medieval Times location, according to Ricardo Salazar, the theater's marketing and sales director. That’s a prohibitively high price to pay for someone whose weekly gross income is a mere $654.

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