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The Ringer (2005)

1 rating: 1.0
Comedy movie directed by Barry W. Blaustein

Johnny Knoxville (Jackass,A Dirty Shame) stars as a man who pretends to be mentally challenged so he can fix the Special Olympics. This morally dubious premise (the movie goes to great lengths to be sure you understand how appalling it is) is not as … see full wiki

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Director: Barry W. Blaustein
1 review about The Ringer (2005)

Uneven, Well-Meaning Comedy

  • Jun 17, 2006
Although I'm not a big fan of Johnny Knoxville, I have to admit that I admired the effort that he, Brian Cox, Katherine Heigl, and the many Special Olympians put into this flick. The story is farfetched, but manages to work as a comedy. Knoxville's uncle (Cox), has run into trouble with his bookie. Knoxville, hoping to be a good Samaritan, hired the janitor he was told to fire as the lawnkeeper at his apartment complex. He lies to the janitor and tells him that he'll have insurance. Of course, the man cuts off two of his fingers and Knoxville takes him to the hospital. Without any real insurance, Knoxville has to come up with the money to pay for the surgery to re-attach his friend's fingers. He and Cox come up with a plan to rig the Special Olympics and bet against star Olympian Jimmy to win the games. It sounds flawless, right?

Knoxville doesn't expect some of these athletes to be as good as they actually are. They figure him out as a fake but use him to their advantage against the cocky Jimmy. Knoxville also falls for one of the volunteers at the game (Heigl), and has to figure out how he can reveal the truth behind her boyfriend AND convince her to fall for him instead.

Great care is taken to avoid any slighting or insults of the Olympians. Some of the characters are played by actors without disabilities, especially a couple of the key athletes. The rest of the cast does a brilliant job and are actually funnier than Knoxville.

The Farrelly brothers produced "The Ringer," but it lacks a lot of the bite that you find in other films that they've had a hand in such as "Stuck On You" and "Something About Mary." It's a solid effort, but I can't give it a very high recommendation. Four stars to the Special Olympics and their actors who participated in this one, but only three stars to the film as a whole.

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