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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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Steve Levy ...
Alcides Dias ...
Michael (as Al 'Train' Dias)


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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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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Release Date:

23 December 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El farsante  »

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$7,702,439 (USA) (23 December 2005)


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

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Originally set for a US theatrical release in 2004 the film was pushed back due to studio executives' concern over its content. See more »


When Jeffy and the other guys are sitting next to the pool, the water bottle sitting on the table changes from full to half-full just after Jimmy shows up and just after the camera goes back to the guys. See more »


Glen: People tell us all the time what we wont ever do. Won't ever read, won't ever have a job, won't ever learn to tie my own shoes, won't ever have a girlfriend. Well I have done all those things.
Mark: But you can't tie your own shoes.
Winston: And you never had a girlfwiend.
Glen: That's right
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References Rain Man (1988) See more »


Sweet Ride
Written by Gustaf Norén and Björn Dixgård
Performed by Mando Diao
Courtesy of Mute Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Worth it, but not for laughs
25 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You walk into the theater thinking you will laugh your butt off, but I came out judging my own moral values strongly(whether the director planned for that or not). The characters in the movie are stressed to breaking points over character strength and ethical moral values. It teaches(and shows) a side we rarely see in today's rude and unethical world(take the plot of this movie for example). I walked out and thought: Are mentally disabled any different than the rest of us? Since everyone is different, how can we call a select few...special? My friend walked out of the movie saying: One of the best comedies I've ever seen. Now, me, I'm trying to pretend I liked it for laughs, but I didn't. I sit here typing away my thoughts this movie made me think. I sit here thinking of the people I've hurt, the friends I've lost, and realize that there are just not enough good people in the world. This movie, whether you think it or not, has given me a whole new outlooks towards the disabled, a new outlook on virtues and a new outlook on my own character. I am very amazed of how I walked out of the theater and frankly I'm proud of myself. I hope that this movie helps you reflect yourself.

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