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A young guy's only option to erase a really bad debt is to rig the Special Olympics by posing as a contestant.

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This comedy is about two guys who decide to rig the Special Olympics to pay off a debt by having one of them, Steve (Knoxville), pose as a contestant in the games, hoping to dethrone reigning champion, Jimmy. Mentally-challenged high jinks and hilarity surely follow. Written by bfluehr

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Only a jackass would fix the Special Olympics See more »

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Comedy | Sport

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Rated PG-13 for crude and sexual humor, language and some drug references | See all certifications »

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23 December 2005 (USA)  »

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El farsante  »

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$423,117 (Australia) (28 April 2006)

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$319,894 (New Zealand) (19 May 2006)
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Trivia

This film has been given a blessing by the Special Olympics. See more »

Goofs

When a fan asks Jimmy to give her an autograph and he talks, his mouth is not moving. See more »

Quotes

Thomas: [to Steve] Should I wear my top up
[lifts top up]
Thomas: ... or down
[pulls top down]
Thomas: ... or up
[pulls top up again]
Thomas: ... or possibly... tucked in
[tucks in top]
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References Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

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If She Wants Me
Written by Sarah Martin, Stuart Murdoch, Richard Colburn, Mick Cooke (as Michael Cooke),
Christopher Geddes, Stevie Jackson (as Stephen Jackson) and Bob Kildea
Performed by Belle & Sebastian
Courtesy of Rough Trade/Sanctuary Records Group
By Arrangement with Natural Energy Lab
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A Really Great Movie
1 January 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The Ringer, a story about a man who rigs the Special Olympics to gain money for him and his uncle, is a surprisingly good movie. Reading the premise and seeing the commercials for this movie probably won't give you much reason to see it. It comes across as an insensitive, politically incorrect film that degrades mentally challenged people and pokes fun at the Special Olymics when it is actually not like that at all. There is a great message behind the film. Johnny Knoxville as Jeffy is great, not the insensitive jerk he may seem to be from Jackass. Brian Cox plays a great Uncle Gary, and Katherine Heigl is wonderfully sweet as Lynn. Besides a little language, this is a film for all ages. This New Year, check out The Ringer if you want a laugh and a heartwarming story.


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