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

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

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

Goofs

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

Quotes

Steve Barker: [to lynn in cafeteria] Can I have a hug?
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References Dateline NBC (1992) See more »

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Respect
Written by Otis Redding
Additional lyrics by Shantel Brown, Veronica Mendez, Cain Fonseca, Daniel Brattain, Carl Brown,
Shelly Goodhope, Chantel Roquemore, Tanesa Tavin, Dantell Weston and Michael Monagan
Performed by The Kids Of Widney High
Courtesy of Michael Monagan
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Great Movie
20 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Special Olympics gave their blessings to the makers of this movie. I saw it at a special preview. I was worried that the movie was based on making fun of handicapped individuals, it was not. I was impressed by this movie. It shows the behind the scenes of the Special Olympics and the people that help. I spoke with a few people after the movie and asked what they thought and 60% of them mentioned that they personally would like to help out at the next Special Olympics. They said they never knew what it was like to be around special people and were sometimes scared. But seeing this movie made them understand how some of them are and it made them want to help. Most of the jokes were directed towards the Jeffy character played by Johnny Knoxville. I would recommend this movie to everyone. It was a good movie.


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