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The Ringer (2005)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Sport  |  23 December 2005 (USA)
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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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Make it Special. 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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$7,702,439 (USA) (23 December 2005)

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

Many did not see this movie, as they thought it was making fun of special needs people but the movie actually presents them as smart and not that different from people without special needs. See more »

Goofs

When riding in the car with Lynn, Jeffy's seat belt is alternately on/off between shots. See more »

Quotes

Thomas: Goodbye, Hooker Lady!
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Connections

Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Fatal Games (2014) See more »

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September
Written by Allee Willis, Al McKay and Maurice White
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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I saw The Ringer last night
26 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are so many people who have a difficult time with the holiday season, and I guess I'm one of them. I was able to take my family to see The Ringer last night and I'm SO glad I did. I had reservations, once the movie started. I knew very little about it, and, certainly was not aware of the Special Olympics endorsement. I wasn't sure how they were going to portray the special people. However, as the characters were developed, this movie became so heartwarming and genuine that I left with tears because it blessed me so. Maybe I'm the one who is screwed up, and I'm certainly no professional when dealing with handicaps, but I am a substitute teacher and have often been blessed to be assigned to the special needs classes, so I have been around many special students. I loved this movie. It helped me to get some issues of my own in perspective and gave my whole family a real feel-good experience. I have read the comments of others, and it appears to me, the people who were most critical hadn't even seen the film.


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