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

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$35,424,335 (USA) (24 March 2006)
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This film has been given a blessing by the Special Olympics. See more »

Goofs

During the shot put scene, Glen's ball passes a line on the field by a few inches before stopping. When Jeffy goes to throw his ball, however, Glen's ball appears to be right between two lines on the field. See more »

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Steve Barker: I can count to potato
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References I Am Sam (2001) See more »

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Real Thing
Written by Tom Wolfe
Performed by The Shakers
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This movie has so much heart!
20 December 2005 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

I got 2 free passes to see this film... I had very low expectations since it starred Johnny Knoxville who I, until today, only associated with really grotesque behavior on Jackass. The combination of that and Special Olympics smelled like it could be a cheap joke at the expense of Special Olympians but in fact it turned out to be just the opposite! It totally surpassed my expectations! It was a truly sweet, laugh out loud funny feel-good movie with big big heart. It portrayed the Olympians in a really caring way and those characters totally made the movie. I didn't have any trouble swallowing Johnny as a naive guy with a big heart, but people who've seen him in Jackass might find the contrast startling at first. It might be too sweet, or too predictably Hollywood for some people... But the physical comedy and naive sweetness really won me over in the end. I look forward to watching this film again.


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