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The Ringer (2005)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sport | 23 December 2005 (USA)
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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$35,424,335 (USA) (24 March 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 »

Goofs

Jeffy and Lynn' outfits change multiple times, scenes out of order. When Jeffy arrives with Uncle Gary hes in a dark shirt and pants, When they meet Lynn hes in a gray shirt and red shorts she has a white shirt on and he doesn't have his bag. When she leads him to his room hes back in the dark shirt and shorts and she's in a blue shirt with pants and he has his bag again, then they switch back to her in white shirt and his red shorts with gray shirt for the race. There is not times to change between these scenes. See more »

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Steve Barker: Peter's another name for weaner.
[laughs]
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References T.J. Hooker (1982) See more »

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Ton of Shame
Written by Randy Weeks and Jeff Rymes
Performed by Randy Weeks
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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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